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1-2 FG | 3-5 FT | 4 REB | 1 BLK | 5 PTS | +10
You know it’s a strange game when Howard had zero points and zero rebounds in the first half against the Sacramento Kings. In fact, that’s the first time that had ever occurred in his career, which now spans eight seasons. He made a mild impact in the fourth quarter as the Magic pulled away from the Kings, including banking in a free-throw, but that was about it.
9-16 FG | 3-6 3P | 5 AST | 4 REB | 22 PTS | 0
This was Richardson’s best game of the season so far. It was refreshing to see him attack the basket off the dribble and generate some easy baskets for himself on top of his usual antics behind the three-point line. Perhaps what was most impressive about Richardson was his defense on Marcus Thornton. Richardson didn’t make it easy for Thornton, contesting many of his jumpshots on the perimeter.
8-13 FG | 4-7 FT | 2 AST | 8 REB | 20 PTS | -9
Davis had his best game of the season as well. He’s not going to provide the interior defense that Howard does and DeMarcus Cousins got the better of him in the post a few times but he still competed. Davis’ impact came with his rebounding (five offensive rebounds) and scoring. It’s clear that Davis is a far better midrange jumpshooter when he keeps his range within 18 feet.
5-16 FG | 3-11 3P | 4 STL | 11 REB | 19 PTS | +10
Anderson started off slowly. He missed his first seven shots but he grinded away and was able to make an impact as the game wore on. Case in point: he made a three-pointer at the 1:30 mark in the fourth quarter to seal the deal for Orlando. Surely head coach Stan Van Gundy will be pleased with Anderson’s work on the glass as well (11 rebounds).
With head coach Keith Smart at the helm following Paul Westphal’s firing, Sacramento played relatively well. Tyreke Evans was stellar, as nobody for the Magic could stop him from scoring at will on offense. Heck, a lot of players for the Kings played well. But when push came to shove, Orlando made some key plays late in the fourth quarter and that was the difference in the ballgame.
Eddy Rivera is the Editor-in-Chief of Magic Basketball. Follow him on Twitter.