Grades: Miami Heat 120, Orlando Magic 92 | Magic Basketball



Nov 21

Grades: Miami Heat 120, Orlando Magic 92


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Miami Heat 120 Final
Recap | Box Score
92 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -18

It was a nightmare game for Vucevic. He was swarmed aggressively by the Heat in the post, the pick-and-roll, and on the boards. When he did get his hands on the ball, he struggled shooting it, going 2-for-7 from the field. To cap things off, he fouled out in the third quarter and only logged 23 minutes for the night.

Victor Oladipo
5-12 FG | 8-8 FT | 5 STL | 4 REB | 20 PTS | -19

Oladipo continues to struggle finishing plays on the offensive end, but there were some positive takeaways. He went 8-for-8 from the line, which helped him finish with more points than shots. Where he really shined tonight, though, was on the defensive end. He posted five steals and two blocks, and made Ray Allen look as old as he really is.

Arron Afflalo
9-16 FG | 7-9 3P | 2 REB | 2 AST | 30 PTS | -28

Most wings in the league must be jealous of Afflalo and the type of zone he is in right now offensively. Almost all of his points tonight came within the flow of the offense, too — there weren’t any awkward isolations. Every time the ball came to him with just a few inches of space to work with, the Heat got burned.

Jameer Nelson
5-13 FG | 4-9 3P | 5 REB | 5 AST | 17 PTS | -25

It was a typical game for Nelson. Nothing too special, but it undoubtedly was a good performance nonetheless. He benefited from all the attention the Heat were paying to Vucevic down low in the form of four made 3-pointers. Trade rumors continue to swirl around Nelson right now, but it doesn’t look like it’s hurting his play on the court.

Miami Heat

It took them until the third quarter, but the Heat put away a team they are much better than. They coughed up the ball a lot, but that wasn’t a huge factor because of their blistering 3-point shooting display — Miami shot 15-for-24 beyond the arc. On the flipside, Orlando struggled with the Heat’s hectic, trapping pick-and-roll defense all night.