Grades: Atlanta Hawks 104, Orlando Magic 94 | Magic Basketball



Nov 10

Grades: Atlanta Hawks 104, Orlando Magic 94

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Atlanta Hawks 104 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
3-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 7 PTS | -12

Early in the fourth quarter, Vucevic airballed a midrange jumper along the right baseline. Then on the ensuing possession, he got stripped by Paul Millsap as he attacked the rim off the dribble. As Millsap was dribbling up the court, Vucevic immediately fouled him from behind in frustration. It was that type of night for Vucevic, who couldn’t get anything going offensively.

Victor Oladipo
2-8 FG | 1-2 3P | 3 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | +9

It was a quiet night for Oladipo, who met stiff resistance from the Hawks’ big men (especially Al Horford) whenever he drove to the basket, which resulted in his lowest scoring output of the season so far. Learning how to finish at the rim while protecting his body is something that Oladipo will need to work on as the regular season progresses.

Jameer Nelson
4-9 FG | 3-6 3P | 3 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS | -12

The 3-pointer was good to Nelson, which accounted for most of his scoring, and he made some nice drive-and-kick passes for assists in pick-and-roll sets. But he was thoroughly outplayed by Jeff Teague (19 points and 13 assists). In fairness to Nelson, though, Teague — with his explosiveness — is a handful for almost any point guard in the NBA.

Andrew Nicholson
5-9 FG | 3-5 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | 0

Stat of the night: Nicholson notched his first assist of the 2012-13 season. The irony being that it took him seven games to do it. The lucky recipient of Nicholson’s charity was Kyle O’Quinn, who converted an easy layup after Nicholson faced up, drew two defenders as he was going to the basket, and found O’Quinn wide open in the paint.

Atlanta Hawks

November 8, 2010. That’s the last time Orlando beat Atlanta in a regular season game. After sweeping the Hawks in historic fashion in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs, the Magic have been dominated in this matchup. The front offices have changed, the coaches have changed, the players have changed, yet the losses keep piling up for Orlando against Atlanta.