The schedule is never an excuse for a loss. Everyone plays whatever the schedule makers give them whether they want to or not. The schedule does not care if you had to travel 2,668 miles a few days earlier. When the schedule says you play, you play.
It cannot be used as an excuse -- each game still counts the same and each game starts at 0-0 with the chance to win in the next 48 minutes. You could see it though that Orlando did not have the legs or the concentration throughout the night to keep up with an energetic young Wizards squad feeling good with the return of their start and feeling confident all of a sudden.
Washington raced out to an early lead and, despite Orlando fighting back in the second quarter with a 13-0 run to bring it to six points at the half, shut the door in the third quarter. That seemed to break the Magic's spirit in the Wizards' 119-91 victory at Verizon Center on Monday. Orlando was not shooting itself back into this game.