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Dec 31

Grades: Golden State Warriors 94, Orlando Magic 81

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Golden State Warriors 94 Final
Recap | Box Score
81 Orlando Magic

Arron Afflalo
7-18 FG | 0-4 3P | 1 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -20

Bound to come back to earth simply due to regression after such awesome recent play, Afflalo also struggled due to some sterling defense by the Warriors — his streak of six consecutive games scoring 20 or more points was snapped. He deserves credit for helping to hold Curry and Thompson in check from beyond the arc, though: Golden State shot just 6-for-27 from behind the 3-point line.

Nikola Vucevic
2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 BLK | 1 REB | 4 PTS | -13

Vucevic left in the first quarter after spraining his left ankle (the same ankle he injured earlier in the season) and never returned. His absence, though, was certainly felt, nowhere more than on the glass. With Vucevic out of commission, the Warriors proceeded to out-rebound the Magic by a wide margin (56-37). Orlando can only hope that Vucevic isn’t out for too long.

Glen Davis
4-10 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -15

In a battle of shoot-first, defense-averse power forwards, Big Baby was soundly outplayed by David Lee from the opening tip. The numbers, incredibly, don’t do his performance justice. Davis was dreadful on both ends against the Warriors. Three rebounds? That’s not close to good enough. Meanwhile, Lee finished the game with 22 points (11-for-15 shooting from the floor) and nine rebounds.

Tobias Harris
2-11 FG | 0-3 FT | 1 BLK | 9 REB | 5 PTS | -16

Harris couldn’t find his jumper against the Warriors and was far too stubborn in his search. On several occasions he forced a shot when a pass was the smarter play. He was the only Orlando player that was even close to game on the boards, though, and had a couple memorable defensive moments. But offense is his game, and Harris needs to be far better.

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors jumped out to a 26-13 lead in the first quarter, getting whatever they wanted offensively while playing sound defense on the other end. Golden State’s double-digit lead ballooned to 24 in the second quarter and they — understandably so — went on cruise control from there. The Magic made things interesting in the third quarter, but this was a beatdown. Plain and simple.

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