Grades: Houston Rockets 98, Orlando Magic 88 | Magic Basketball



Dec 08

Grades: Houston Rockets 98, Orlando Magic 88

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Houston Rockets 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
88 Orlando Magic

Victor Oladipo
2-11 FG | 4-6 FT | 3 STL | 4 AST | 8 PTS | -25

It was horrible shooting night for Oladipo in a game where it seemed like nothing would fall for him. There were some positives, though. Like his knack for drawing fouls, which comes in handy on nights like these where his shot has gone awry. He got out of control with his dribble a few times, but only turned the ball over twice.

Glen Davis
8-18 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | -10

Davis continued his hot play and was one of the only bright spots for the Magic. He looked smooth on the offensive end, especially in pick-and-roll sets. He could have given a little bit more effort on the glass, though. Houston took advantage of Davis — and the rest of Orlando’s big men with Vucevic out — and gobbled up 15 offensive rebounds.

Arron Afflalo
6-17 FG | 1-6 3P | 9 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | -17

Afflalo was efficient for most of the game, until he started chucking up shots at the end to try to spur a comeback. I’m still not a fan of some of the fadeaway midrange Js he takes, but they’re going down right now. He was the top rebounder on the Magic, which speaks to the team’s lackluster performance on the boards.

Jameer Nelson
5-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -14

Nelson was adept finishing at the rim around former teammate Dwight Howard and hit a few big shots that got the Magic back into it at the end. He had some nice chemistry with Big Baby on pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops, and came off the pick firing from behind the 3-point line when the Rockets’ bigs dropped back to protect the paint.

Houston Rockets

The Rockets were generally sloppy and were aided by the Magic’s inability to make even the simplest shots. With Vucevic nursing a sprained left ankle, they were able to parlay their size advantage into a sizable edge in the rebounding department. Houston also got a lot of free throws in a game that was a blowout for most of the second half.