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4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 STL | 7 REB | 11 PTS | +17
For a second straight game, Howard struggled offensively. Matched up primarily against Nikola Pekovic, Howard — like Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks — rushed himself on offense and didn’t exhibit any patience when he was engaging on the low block. Exacerbating the problem for Howard was that he got into foul trouble. As such, he had a meager impact.
5-11 FG | 2-6 3P | 2 AST | 3 REB | 17 PTS | +7
How long will Richardson keep this up? No one knows the answer to that question but at the very least, Magic fans should enjoy this version of Richardson right now because it’s not going to last forever. Richardson did most of his damage in the third quarter, where he scored 12 of his 17 points. A majority of his points came in screen-and-curls. Pin-down screens as they’re called.
4-12 FG | 2-7 3P | 6 AST | 6 REB | 14 PTS | +17
Turkoglu continues to baffle with his good cop, bad cop routine. Good cop: when he executed 3/5 pick-and-rolls with Howard, Turkoglu either created for himself or others offensively. Anderson, in particular, was a beneficiary of spot-up opportunities behind the three-point line on kick-out passes from Turkoglu. Bad cap: five turnovers. Some of them of the “careless” variety, like stepping along the baseline while dribble penetrating.
6-11 FG | 2-3 3P | 2 AST | 6 REB | 14 PTS | +10
Redick had the slightly more efficient game on offense with the same amount of points as Nelson, taking two less shots to do it. But Nelson deserves to be recognized for one of the plays of the game, in which he took Ricky Rubio to task off the dribble for a layup. Nelson likes that spin move when he’s running pick-and-rolls or pick-and-pops, as Rubio found out.
No one for the Minnesota Timberwolves played that well. Yeah, guys like Pekovic and Kevin Love racked up double-doubles. But Rubio had five turnovers to go with eight assists, J.J Barea had seven turnovers to go with one assist, and Michael Beasley did his best “no pass Bass” impression in Orlando by chucking up shots whenever he got the basketball (13 points on 13 shots).
Eddy Rivera is the Editor-in-Chief of Magic Basketball. Follow him on Twitter.