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Grades: Oklahoma City Thunder 117, Orlando Magic 104

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Oklahoma City Thunder 117 Final
Recap | Box Score
104 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
8-15 FG | 5-5 FT | 14 REB | 1 AST | 21 PTS | -1

The good? Vucevic got his customary double-double. The bad? He wasn’t much of a rim protector. At this point, it’s clear that Vucevic can get a double-double in his sleep. However, he has to become a better defender if he really wants to be an impactful two-way player for the Magic. Right now, his defense leaves a lot to be desired.

Jameer Nelson
10-22 FG | 5-12 3P | 4 REB | 7 AST | 26 PTS | -3

Nelson scored plenty of points, but his shot selection was questionable at times. There were several instances where he attempted 3-pointers that were from the Oklahoma City Amtrak station — well beyond the limits of his range. Other times, Nelson was a little too trigger-happy in transition, pulling up for 3s when he was better served pulling back and setting up the offense for a quality shot.

Arron Afflalo
10-24 FG | 0-6 3P | 2 REB | 3 AST | 20 PTS | -3

Afflalo just isn’t a volume scorer. There’s no reason for him to be attempting 24 field goals, even in a fast-paced game. The tradeoff in efficiency isn’t worth it. Afflalo also made a poor decision in crunch time that stood out. With 1:47 left and the Magic trailing 112-104, Afflalo forced up a 3-point shot that was blocked by Kendrick Perkins and essentially ended Orlando’s comeback bid.

Tobias Harris
4-10 FG | 10-10 FT | 3 STL | 6 REB | 19 PTS | +1

Harris was the antithesis of Afflalo offensively. He attacked the rim with reckless abandon, either scoring in the paint or earnings trips to the free-throw line. In fact, his 10 free-throw attempts were a season-high for a Magic player this season. Harris had a whale of a time trying to deal with Serge Ibaka on the other end of the floor, but he put up a valiant effort.

Oklahoma City Thunder

In the first half, it seemed like the Thunder were on their way to another blowout victory. The scary part was that it didn’t even look like they were trying. But that lackadaisical effort eventually caught up with them, as the Magic kept pushing and prodding until they made a game of it in the fourth quarter. However, thanks to Durantula, OKC shut the door on Orlando in crunch time.

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