Magic beat the Wizards 90-83, but Glen Davis suffers an injury

The Orlando Magic did not celebrate their victory Wednesday night over the Washington Wizards.

Not after they saw Glen Davis writhe in pain and scream in agony as he lay on Amway Center's floor clutching his left shoulder. Davis injured the shoulder with 47.8 seconds remaining in the 90-83 win, making the end result feel almost like a loss.

Team officials would not speculate on the severity of the injury, but at least some of them fear Davis dislocated the shoulder. The extent of the damage will not become known until Davis receives an MRI exam Thursday morning, but there is a possibility Davis will miss an extended period of time.

"I'm not going to quite write that obituary just yet," coach Jacque Vaughn said at his postgame news conference. "I'll see him after this, and I'll see him in the morning, and I'll be smiling and I'll hug him and I'll see how he is. I'll keep thinking that he'll be ready to go when we play two days from now, until doctors tell me otherwise."

Many of Davis' teammates saw him in the training room after the final buzzer.

"He appeared as a player who is worried," J.J. Redick said.

"I hope it's not anything serious. It's just unfortunate, and it definitely does take away from the good feeling of winning."

Davis' injury occurred just as he was enjoying a career renaissance and as the Magic (12-13) were hitting their stride. Orlando won its fourth consecutive game Wednesday, and a win Friday night in Toronto would bring them to .500.

It's difficult to envision Davis playing in that game.

"You always worry when you see a big, tough guy like Glen going down and holding his shoulder," said Jameer Nelson, who suffered a serious shoulder injury during the 2008-09 season.

Davis hurt his shoulder with the Magic ahead 89-83.

The play looked harmless enough — at least at first. Okafor hit Davis on the left forearm as Davis went up for a shot.

But Davis fell to the floor grasping his shoulder.

He screamed several times as he lay on his back, and a teammate motioned to the Magic bench on the other side of the court for athletic trainer Keon Weise to hurry over.

Weise attended to Davis for several minutes as Vaughn watched nearby.

Davis walked off the court and to the Magic's locker room, his left elbow tucked against his left side.

Rookie Maurice Harkless made one of two free throws to ensure the win, but the result of the game didn't seem so important.

Davis and Arron Afflalo both average a team-best 16.0 points per game, and Davis is second on the team in rebounding, grabbing 7.9 boards per game. But Davis adds a grit and an intensity that has helped propel the Magic to surprising heights. This season, his first as a co-captain, he also seems to have matured, channeling his emotions in a positive direction.

The Magic have more depth at center and power forward than they had last season.

Andrew Nicholson, Josh McRoberts, Gustavo Ayón and Kyle O'Quinn all can play power forward.

"I'm still going to continue to play hard regardless, despite this unfortunate event," Nicholson said. "I just hope he recovers quickly.

"Seeing the replay, it makes you cringe a little bit," Nicholson added. "I just hope he gets better."

Redick scored 17 points Wednesday, while backup point guard E'Twaun Moore and Afflalo added 15 points apiece.

Afflalo, Redick and Moore combined for 18 of the Magic's 24 third-quarter points, while their team stepped up its defense.

But the Wizards (3-20) fought back in the final quarter, forcing Vaughn to keep his starters on the court.

Now, they await word on Davis.

jbrobbins@tribune.com

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