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4-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -12
Terrence Ross did yeoman’s work defensively against Afflalo. He hounded him everywhere and used his length to disrupt Afflalo on offense. The one possession that showcased Ross’ long arms being put to good use came early in the first quarter. Afflalo received a handoff pass from Vucevic on the left wing, then curled around Vucevic’s screen to shoot an elbow jumper, only to get blocked by Ross.
6-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 STL | 10 REB | 16 PTS | -8
It had been 12 games since Vucevic last played after suffering a concussion in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers on January 6. Yet despite playing just 20 minutes, Vucevic picked up a double-double in limited playing time and didn’t miss a beat. His jump shot looked fluid and he attacked the offensive glass. Not bad for Vucevic’s first game back.
5-15 FG | 3-6 3P | 2 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | -15
Medical examiners were able to identify the charred remains of Nelson’s body after he got torched by Kyle Lowry at Air Canada Centre. Lowry was ruthless in the first quarter, scoring 17 points (shooting 6-for-8 from the floor, including 5-for-5 from 3-point range) in the period and finishing the game with a near-triple double (33 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds). Nelson didn’t stand a chance.
3-14 FG | 5-8 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | -17
The bright side for Oladipo is that, unlike some of his Magic counterparts, he didn’t get thoroughly outplayed by Greivis Vasquez. The downside is that Oladipo was defended by Lowry in a cross-match and struggled on offense as a result. Kudos to head coach Dwane Casey for recognizing that Lowry, a bulldog of a defender, could handle the explosive Oladipo.
Needless to say, things got out of hand in a hurry. The Raptors, led by Lowry, went on a 3-point barrage in the first quarter, shooting 8-for-8 beyond the arc and building a double digit lead in the first quarter. Coupled with the fact that Toronto has a top 10 defense and the game was over before it really began for Orlando.