Grades: Orlando Magic 109, Atlanta Hawks 92 | Magic Basketball

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Nov 27

Grades: Orlando Magic 109, Atlanta Hawks 92

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Orlando Magic 109 Final
Recap | Box Score
92 Atlanta Hawks

Nikola Vucevic
4-7 FG | 4-5 FT | 15 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +15

With his jump shot not connecting from midrange, Vucevic did much of his damage offensively in the paint. And he did it by going up strong at the rim. Just ask Gustavo Ayon, who incurred the brunt of Vucevic’s wrath. Like on one possession late in the first quarter, where Vucevic backed down Ayon and finished with a left-handed dunk.

Victor Oladipo
7-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | +17

Four first half fouls, which forced Oladipo to start the second half on the bench, was about the only thing that slowed him down. Oladipo was dynamite, particularly in the game’s final stanza, where he exploded for 10 points in the fourth quarter. His right-handed tomahawk dunk over Paul Millsap and Al Horford midway through the fourth was — in a word — spectacular.

Arron Afflalo
9-18 FG | 4-7 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 26 PTS | +12

Afflalo’s efficiency on offense is tied to his 3-point shooting. When he’s drilling 3s, you can pretty much count on him having an efficient night — that’s been the case for him so far this season. About the only thing you can quibble about Afflalo’s performance in this game was that he was abnormally quiet in the rebounds and assists department.

Andrew Nicholson
8-11 FG | 1-2 3P | 1 BLK | 8 REB | 18 PTS | +19

It’s not a stretch to say that Nicholson is the Magic’s most complete player offensively. He put his entire repertoire on display against the Hawks. He scored in the post, from midrange, and behind the 3-point line, and he did it with such grace. It’s rare to see a second-year player in the NBA, who’s only 23 years old, with such a polished offensive game.

Atlanta Hawks

With their blowout victory, Orlando achieved two milestones. First, they snapped an 11-game regular season losing streak versus Atlanta and second, they won their first regular season contest at Philips Arena in exactly four years. And the Magic have Jameer Nelson to thank. He spearheaded a 36-20 third quarter that changed the complexion of the game by picking apart the Hawks’ defense with surgical precision.