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7-14 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS | -20
After struggling on offense in recent games, Afflalo bounced back nicely against the Blazers. Afflalo did much of his damage in the first half, scoring 18 of his 22 points before halftime. You could tell he was in a nice groove offensively when he was making his fadeaway jumpers. But Portland amped up their defensive efforts in the second half and Afflalo went silent.
6-18 FG | 3-9 3P | 5 REB | 10 AST | 17 PTS | -11
For three quarters, Nelson picked apart the Blazers’ defense with his passing and did it mainly with his dribble penetration — his bounce pass to Tobias Harris, who cut backdoor for a layup, late in the third quarter was a beauty. When Nelson was looking to score, and that was quite often, he found the most success in pick-and-rolls with Big Baby.
7-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | -17
The Magic’s defensive strategy against Portland was to single-cover LaMarcus Aldridge and stay at home on the shooters. But Aldridge ate Davis alive, scoring at will in the post and from midrange. You got the sense that head coach Jacque Vaughn could live with that from Aldridge if the rest of Blazers’ offense didn’t go into overdrive in the fourth quarter (but it did).
3-8 FG | 7-8 FT | 2 STL | 4 REB | 14 PTS | -19
It goes without saying, but Oladipo is in the running for Block of the Year honors after he blocked a Damian Lillard dunk attempt. The top play of Oladipo’s career — up to this point — occurred midway through the third quarter. Lillard ran a 2-on-1 fast break with Nicolas Batum and tried posterizing Oladipo. Instead, Oladipo channeled his inner-Schwarzenegger, going to “Eraser” mode and wiping Lillard’s dunk out of existence.
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Orlando battled the Blazers gamely for three quarters. Although Aldridge was going off, the Magic were able to contain everyone else. Even Lillard. But then the fourth quarter came, Portland’s bench provided a spark, and what was a close game turned into a blowout in the blink of an eye. Oh, and Batum finished with a triple-double.