Grades: Sacramento Kings 125, Orlando Magic 101 | Magic Basketball

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Feb 27

Grades: Sacramento Kings 125, Orlando Magic 101

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Sacramento Kings 125 Final
Recap | Box Score
101 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -13

It was an extremely underwhelming outing for Vucevic, who was a total non-factor (four points and two rebounds in 22 minutes) in the Magic’s blowout loss to the Kings. You can usually pencil in Vucevic for a double-double in the box score, but every once in a while, he’s capable of putting up a stinker. Tonight was a prime example of that.

Tobias Harris
9-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 23 PTS | -16

Even though Orlando was beaten to a pulp by Sacramento, Harris was a bright spot. He came off the bench for the Magic and scored a career-high 23 points (9-for-12 shooting), doing a majority of his damage offensively at the rim (5-for-7). It’s only been his third game in a Magic uniform, but it’s clear that Harris can play. Look for him to continue getting playing time.

Arron Afflalo
6-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB| 6 AST | 15 PTS | -12

Afflalo’s stat-line closely mirrored his performance from the previous night against the Philadelphia 76ers. The difference this time around was the end result for Orlando. Even though Afflalo scored 15 points, it took him 15 shots to do it (he also committed a team-high six turnovers). A glaring problem is that he isn’t shooting any corner threes — a strength of his — to aid in his efficiency.

Beno Udrih
3-9 FG | 7-7 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 14 PTS | -17

Facing off against his former team, Udrih played relatively well considering the circumstances. His jump shot wasn’t falling, but he circumvented the issue by getting to the free-throw line (7-for-7). Something to note: it’s clear that Udrih looks more comfortable running the show at point guard than E’Twaun Moore. Don’t think head coach Jacque Vaughn hasn’t noticed, given that he played the pairing together with Moore off the ball.

Sacramento Kings

It’s ironic that Jason Williams, a former Kings legend and Orlando resident, was in attendance to watch this game because the Kings put on a passing clinic — utilizing a lot of back-cuts and drive-and-kicks. Sacramento isn’t normally known for being a passing team. But against the Magic, the Kings piled up 31 assists on 46 field goals by doing an excellent job of moving the ball.

3 comments
shapentra
shapentra

What, no Moe's grading for the second game in a row? He had a pretty efficient game, 5-7 FG and 1-2 3pt and a poster  dunk.