Grades: Charlotte Bobcats 114, Orlando Magic 108 | Magic Basketball

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Mar 28

Grades: Charlotte Bobcats 114, Orlando Magic 108

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Charlotte Bobcats 114 Final
Recap | Box Score
108 Orlando Magic

Tobias Harris
10-20 FG | 7-8 FT | 9 REB | 6 AST | 29 PTS | +3

Harris has made a habit out of setting new career-highs with the Magic since coming over from the Milwaukee Bucks in the J.J. Redick trade at the deadline. After career nights against the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets (in the same week no less), Harris bested those performances by dropping a career-high 29 points on the Bobcats. His six assists were also a career-high.

Kyle O’Quinn
11-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 6 AST | 23 PTS | -8

With Nikola Vucevic still recovering from a concussion he suffered against the Indiana Pacers on March 19, O’Quinn has taken full advantage of the playing time he’s been handed. Like Harris, O’Quinn set new career-highs in points (23) and assists (6) to go along with his second career double-double. More so than his scoring, it was his pinpoint passing from the high post that deserved plaudits.

Maurice Harkless
7-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | -4

Harkless has quickly developed a reputation for being a very good baseline cutter and he put those cutting abilities on display against the Bobcats. His ability to be an intuitive cutter is something Magic fans haven’t seen at small forward since Matt Barnes donned a Magic uniform during the 2009-10 season. That Harkless is doing it at 19 years old is nothing short of remarkable.

Jameer Nelson
6-19 FG | 1-6 FT | 11 AST | 6 REB | 13 PTS | -8

It’s easy to look at the box score, see that Kemba Walker scored 34 points, and assume that he ate Nelson alive. But that really wasn’t the case, given that the Magic got caught on switches throughout the game against Walker and he took advantage of those mismatches. No, Nelson’s struggles came on the offensive end, where his jumper was not falling.

Charlotte Bobcats

It was Tankapalooza at Time Warner Cable Arena, as Orlando and Charlotte engaged in a thrilling battle over the rights to have the most ping pong balls come draft time. After jumping out to a 39-20 lead after the first quarter, the Magic succeeded in coughing up the game to the Bobcats. Gerald Henderson and Walker were monstrous — each scored 34 points.

2 comments
shapentra
shapentra

Hi Eddy,

Under Harkless comment you state "Harris", I'm guessing you meant Moe's. On the offense side Harris, KOQ and Harkless played well, so I'm surprised that you gave Harkless a C+. I think he deserved a B. 

The defensive side of the ball was another story. Moe seemed tentative and was killed on a lot of switches by Henderson and Kemba. I don't like that defensive strategy by the Magic at all, they get abused on those switches most of the times. It remind me ATL under the Woodson era.


erivera7
erivera7 moderator

@shapentra Fixed the name and grade. Didn't realize that I had copy/pasted the grade from the previous game.