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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.