Grades: Orlando Magic 105, New Orleans Hornets 102 | Magic Basketball



Mar 04

Grades: Orlando Magic 105, New Orleans Hornets 102


Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images


Orlando Magic 105 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 New Orleans Hornets

Nikola Vucevic
3-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -10

It was another quiet game for Vucevic, which has been a recurring theme lately. He didn’t even play in the fourth quarter, as head coach Jacque Vaughn elected to go with Al Harrington at the center position. The problem right now is that Vucevic isn’t getting many touches offensively when he’s on the floor. That lack of involvement has hurt his productivity.

Arron Afflalo
10-20 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 26 PTS | -1

Affalo was the player of the game for the Magic. He scored 11 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter and made the go-ahead basket with 38.2 seconds left. Afflalo initiated his offense exclusively in isolation from the right elbow in the final period and Eric Gordon was helpless to stop him. It was a case where hero ball worked.

Jameer Nelson
6-15 FG | 2-5 3P | 4 REB| 7 AST | 15 PTS | -2

After sitting out the last six games with a strained patella tendon in his left knee, Nelson returned to the starting lineup and didn’t miss a beat. When Orlando was trailing by as many as 17 points in the third quarter, Nelson was instrumental in getting the Magic back into the game. During a 22-5 run in the period, Nelson accounted for 11 of those points.

Tobias Harris
6-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | +17

Harris dodged a bullet. He snared an offensive rebound after Afflalo missed the second of two free-throws trying to put the Magic up three with 12 seconds left. But Harris was unable to ice game, splitting the pair. However, the Hornets were unable to capitalize on the ensuing possession, as Greivis Vasquez missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime.

New Orleans Hornets

What a game. At first, it seemed like New Orleans was going to win in a blowout. Their lead ballooned to as many as 17 points, yet they lost. The culprit was their inability to slow Orlando down offensively. After scoring 36 points in the first half, the Magic exploded for 69 points (shooting 62 percent) in the second half and carried that offensive performance to a come-from-behind win.


I have a knack this year for missing the games where we win.  I'm sad I didn't see this one.