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8-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 16 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -13
Another double-double for Vucevic in another blowout loss at home for the Magic. This is becoming the norm now. It’s all well and good that Vucevic can get those double-doubles, but it doesn’t mean much when he can’t stop anybody on defense. It also doesn’t help that he doesn’t get much help from his teammates defensively, either.
6-10 FG | 1-2 3P | 2 STL | 3 REB | 15 PTS | -21
Fournier started in place of Victor Oladipo (sore achilles), and took advantage of the opportunity by rekindling the chemistry he and Vucevic displayed early on in the season. Orlando ran a beautiful set early in the first quarter where Fournier passed to Vucevic on the left elbow, who then threw a backdoor pass to a cutting Fournier for a dunk.
6-12 FG | 1-4 3P | 2 STL | 4 REB | 16 PTS | +6
Even though Green is an objectively bad player, you have to admire him giving it his all when he’s on the floor. For a second straight game, Green scored 15-plus points off the bench and played his heart out. He helped spark a 25-7 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters, and cut Orlando’s deficit to five before the Mavs ended the game on a 14-4 run.
3-8 FG | 2-3 3P | 5 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -5
Given that he’s still working his way back from a foot injury, Gordon has been on a minutes restriction. He was supposed to only play 20 minutes against the Mavericks, but he ended up playing 30 minutes. Perhaps the most encouraging takeaway is that Gordon made two right corner 3s in the third quarter and looked good shooting them.
This one was over in the first quarter. Dallas outscored the Magic 34-17 in the opening period and coasted to an easy victory. The biggest concern for the Mavericks was Rajon Rondo, who suffered a scary injury in the game’s first two minutes. He got kneed in the face by his teammate Richard Jefferson, which left him bloodied and forced him to miss the remainder of the game.