Grades: Orlando Magic 98, Los Angeles Clippers 90 | Magic Basketball



Nov 06

Grades: Orlando Magic 98, Los Angeles Clippers 90

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Orlando Magic 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
90 Los Angeles Clippers

Nikola Vucevic
11-19 FG | 8-8 FT | 21 REB | 3 AST | 30 PTS | +6

After a quiet start to the fourth quarter, Vucevic came on strong in crunch time and single-handedly carried the Magic to an impressive victory over the Clippers. Vucevic scored 10 of Orlando’s last 12 points in the final 2:38 — including six consecutive free-throws that closed out the Clips — and finished with his second 30-20 game of his career.

Victor Oladipo
4-6 FG | 2-3 3P | 2 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | +3

The Oladipo experience, which produced plenty of fireworks on Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets, was much more subdued tonight. The lone highlight occurred late in the first quarter when Oladipo finished with an uncontested dunk after cutting to the basket and receiving a nice bounce pass from Kyle O’Quinn from the high post. It was a beautiful sequence to watch unfold.

E’Twaun Moore
5-8 FG | 2-3 3P | 2 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +21

Moore gave the Magic a nice boost off the bench — he was a team-high plus-21 for the game — and as a result of his good play, head coach Jacque Vaughn left him on the floor for the entire fourth quarter. Moore rewarded Vaughn’s trust by making two timely 3-pointers midway through the period as Orlando was trading baskets back-and-forth with the Clippers.

Arron Afflalo
5-16 FG | 0-3 3P | 6 REB | 5 AST | 11 PTS | +6

The pendulum of efficiency has swung wildly for Afflalo in recent games. After scoring 30 points on 14 shots against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, Afflalo put up a stinker tonight versus the Clippers. Afflalo’s problems in this game were three-fold: he couldn’t finish at the rim, he couldn’t get to the free-throw line, and he couldn’t knock down any 3-pointers.

Los Angeles Clippers

In the first half, the Clips were thoroughly outplayed. Their defense was porous, and they struggled to score (specifically at the rim and behind the 3-point line). But they woke up in the third quarter, erasing a 19-point deficit to take a 74-72 lead into the fourth quarter. However, the Clippers failed to execute and make shots in crunch time, and that was the ballgame.