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7-13 FG | 6-7 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 21 PTS | +18
It’s hard to credit Afflalo’s All-Star snub for all of his performance against the Bucks. But Afflalo acknowledged after the game that not being named an All-Star “created a new level of passion and a new level of hunger.” Those new heights led to Afflalo scoring 17 points in the first half, helping stake the Magic to a lead of 20-plus points in the first 24 minutes.
5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | +5
A blowout victory can make for a generous grader. And make no mistake — though the final margin of victory was just 11 points, Milwaukee only made it that close by outscoring the Magic by 13 in fourth quarter garbage time. But Vucevic gets an “A” independent of grade inflation. In his second game back from a concussion, he looked like his normal, Vucci Mane self.
7-18 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 BLK | 6 REB | 18 PTS | +3
Harris didn’t have the prettiest box score, shooting a hair under 39 percent from the field. But he was also on the floor when the Magic went on the run that essentially put this game out of reach — again, in the first half! His decision-making in the second half, when the game was already decided, was liberal at times, but he got into a rhythm in the fourth quarter.
5-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 15 PTS | +2
Jameer Nelson left the game at the end of the first quarter with a sore left knee, and he did not return. In his absence, Oladipo showed his much improved game as the primary initiator of the offense. He was the common thread in the Magic’s dominant victory in the battle of the teams with the two worst records in the NBA.
I know, I know. A “C” seems like an awfully weird grade for a team that got destroyed by the Magic. And in a vacuum, Milwaukee would have gotten a big ol’ F. But at this point, the Bucks aren’t exactly looking to win games. Besides, any team that has Giannis Antetokounmpo automatically gets a letter-grade bump from their baseline performance. That’s just the rule.