Grades: Sacramento Kings 105, Orlando Magic 100 | Magic Basketball



Dec 22

Grades: Sacramento Kings 105, Orlando Magic 100

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Sacramento Kings 105 Final
Recap | Box Score
100 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 BLK | 9 REB | 4 PTS | -2

By all accounts, this was Vucevic’s worst performance of the 2013-14 season. He was a total non-factor. He finished with single-digit points and rebounds, committed five turnovers, and fouled out on top of all that. The only silver lining is that he didn’t get outplayed that badly by DeMarcus Cousins, who had a double-double but didn’t have much of an imprint on the game.

Victor Oladipo
5-13 FG | 1-3 3P | 1 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | 0

Coming off the bench for the first time since November 16 against the Dallas Mavericks (a span of 16 consecutive games), Oladipo was a spark plug for the Magic on offense. He was aggressive in looking for his shot — 13 field goal attempts in 21 minutes — and he played with a lot of energy, especially in transition, where he used his speed to create scoring opportunities.

Arron Afflalo
9-17 FG | 5-7 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 26 PTS | -5

Ben McLemore, Sacramento’s prized rookie, is getting baptized by fire. First, it was LeBron James posterizing him. Then, it was Afflalo putting him in the “House of Pain” and torturing him in the post. Afflalo’s cruelty was the most severe when he backed down McLemore on the low block and drilled Kobe-like fadeaway jumpers. The rook didn’t stand a chance.

Tobias Harris
7-11 FG | 6-8 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 21 PTS | -1

A high ankle sprain robbed Harris a quarter of the season, so it’s taken some time for him to pick up where he left off last season, when he took the league by storm following the J.J. Redick trade. That player showed up against the Kings. Particularly in the fourth quarter, when Harris went on a scoring frenzy late in the game.

Sacramento Kings

The Kings beat Orlando thanks to a huge fourth quarter from Marcus Thornton, who was the catalyst behind Sacramento’s 18-4 run that turned the tide of the game in their favor. Thornton accounted for 11 of the 18 points during the run — including three backbreaking 3-pointers. The Magic tried to make a comeback, but missed free throws and turnovers doomed them.