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7-14 FG | 6-8 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 24 PTS | -7
After missing the previous three games with a strained right foot, Afflalo made his return to the starting lineup against the Bobcats and was his usual efficient self offensively. Afflalo scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, getting to the free throw line at will near the end of the game as the Magic tried make a late comeback bid to no avail.
7-16 FG | 3-7 3P | 1 STL | 8 AST | 18 PTS | -19
On the stat sheet, Nelson played Kemba Walker to a relative stalemate, even though he guarded Michael Kidd-Gilchrist primarily (because of his inability to shoot the basketball and be any sort of offensive threat). It was a ho-hum performance for Nelson, who continues his recent hot streak on offense, albeit in losing efforts.
4-14 FG | 1-4 3P | 5 REB | 10 AST | 11 PTS | -18
It was Oladipo’s posterization of Gerald Henderson that served as the lone highlight in another Magic loss. Midway through the second quarter, Oladipo intercepted a pass from Henderson, then jumped into hyperspace on a one-man fast break. Henderson caught up to Oladipo in transition, tried to block his dunk attempt, and got jammed on. Oladipo flexed in celebration and rightfully so.
5-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -9
Al Jefferson (30 points and 16 rebounds) systematically destroyed Davis in this game. Big Al put on a clinic in the low and high post on the left block, an area on the court where he’s made a name for himself in the NBA over the years. This is a game where Orlando missed Nikola Vucevic, as his length could have helped to slow down Jefferson.
For a brief moment, it looked like the Bobcats were going to blow out the Magic in the first quarter. Charlotte jumped out to a 21-3 lead in the period, before Orlando slowly chipped away at the deficit and took the lead in the second quarter. The Bobcats restored order eventually, going on a free throw parade in the fourth quarter (shooting 16-for-20 on FTs) to seal the win.