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3-9 FG | 0-1 3P | 1 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -15
With the All-Star reserves set to be announced on January 30, Afflalo picked a bad time to have his worst game of the season (his streak of scoring in double figures snapped at 37 consecutive games). He was a non-factor against the Hawks. Case in point: Afflalo was on the bench when the Magic went on two big scoring runs to erase a 19-point second half deficit.
8-13 FG | 6-7 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 24 PTS | -4
Oladipo wasn’t flashy, like he was with his first career triple-double game against the Philadelphia 76ers or his career-high 35-point performance against the Chicago Bulls, but he was excellent nonetheless, quietly putting together an efficient outing. Perhaps the most eye-opening thing is that Oladipo is getting more comfortable shooting his floater. He made two of them in the third quarter.
7-16 FG | 5-5 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | -11
Paul Millsap and Harris represent the old guard and the new guard of the NBA, given that Millsap is your classic power forward while Harris is your new-age stretch four. Needless to say, power beat fitness in this matchup. Millsap had a monster game (24 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 blocks, 3 steals) and dismantled Harris in the low post.
6-11 FG | 5-5 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 17 PTS | -21
Nelson was the Tasmanian devil in the first half, whirling around and getting to the rim at will, which is where he did much of his damage offensively. At halftime, Nelson had 12 points and 7 assists, and was — by far — the Magic’s best player. But he was subdued in the second half and finished the game with a whimper.
When Jeff Teague made a 3-pointer to give the Hawks a 82-63 lead late in the third quarter, this game was all but over. But Orlando didn’t give up, going on runs of 17-6 and 16-2 to take the lead in the fourth quarter. But Atlanta recovered at the very end, holding on to win after Nelson missed a game-tying 3-pointer with time expiring.