Grades: Orlando Magic 109, Atlanta Hawks 102 | Magic Basketball



Dec 29

Grades: Orlando Magic 109, Atlanta Hawks 102

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Orlando Magic 109 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 Atlanta Hawks

Nikola Vucevic
8-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 STL | 14 REB | 16 PTS | +4

With Al Horford (torn pectoral) out indefinitely, the Hawks have turned to Elton Brand and Pero Antic to fill in at center. Consider that a bullet dodged for Vucevic, who had little trouble putting up a double-double — mainly against the Macedonian. Vucevic vacillated evenly between scoring at the rim and from midrange on the perimeter.

Victor Oladipo
4-7 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 15 PTS | +1

Oladipo made sure to put on a show for Magic fans. On one fast break opportunity midway through the third quarter, Oladipo whipped out his patented spin move on Paul Millsap and finished with a layup that drew “oohs” and “aahs” from the home crowd. Oladipo’s block from seemingly out-of-nowhere on a Shelvin Mack layup attempt in transition elicited a crowd response, too.

Arron Afflalo
7-10 FG | 6-7 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 21 PTS | +11

Fun fact: Afflalo has now scored 20 or more points in six consecutive games. Better yet, he’s been doing it efficiently. Afflalo’s 21-point performance (on 11 shots) against Atlanta was no different. He was economical with his scoring. His lone demerit came in the fourth quarter when he made a long two from the left corner with a foot on the line — a bugaboo of his.

Tobias Harris
7-15 FG | 3-6 3P | 7 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | +5

Harris had one of the plays of the game when he posterized Paul Millsap late in the fourth quarter. On the possession, Jameer Nelson whipped a crosscourt pass to Harris, who had an open lane to the basket. Harris caught the ball, took one dribble, and dunked over Millsap, who was late recovering on defense from the weak side and paid the price.

Atlanta Hawks

The one thing that kept the Hawks in this game until the late stages of the fourth quarter when the Magic seized control was their 3-point shooting (15-for-39). But you could tell that playing in three straight overtime games (with one of them going to double-overtime) eventually wore Atlanta down. They seemed to run out of gas at the end.