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11-18 FG | 6-9 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 32 PTS | -9
It’s been a while since Afflalo scored 30-plus points. You have to go back to the first month of the season to find a game where he scored that many. Afflalo’s finest moments were his 14-point first quarter, and his clutch shooting in the fourth quarter and both overtimes. Unfortunately for Afflalo, his night was cut short when he sprained his right ankle late in double-overtime.
7-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 15 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -7
Vucevic is lucky that the Magic won this game because he would have been the goat had they lost. He botched two potential game-winning shots at the end of regulation and the first overtime. The first was a wild running hook and the second was a point-blank layup. But Orlando came away victorious, so Vucevic escapes the wrath of Magic fans.
11-23 FG | 6-6 FT | 9 REB | 14 AST | 30 PTS | +20
The battle for MVP between Kevin Durant and LeBron James is heating up, and so is the race for Rookie of the Year between Oladipo and Michael Carter-Williams. Oladipo went on a rampage against the Knicks. He dished out a career-high 14 assists (including a sweet dime to Maurice Harkless for a layup). He matched Carmelo Anthony point-for-point in the overtime periods. Oladipo was brilliant.
7-11 FG | 8-8 FT | 1 BLK | 8 REB | 22 PTS | -4
In the first game of the post-Glen Davis era, Harris got the start at power forward and quickly reminded everyone why he’s so lethal at that position — at least offensively — with his 22-point, 8-rebound performance. The lone negative is that Melo systematically dismembered Harris on defense. It got so bad that head coach Jacque Vaughn was forced to use Harkless to slow Melo down in the second half.
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New York couldn’t have asked for more. Melo scored 44 points. The much-maligned Raymond Felton had one of his better games in recent weeks. And yet the Knicks lost. How? Their defense failed them. They allowed the Magic, a team that ranks 27th in Offensive Rating, to score 129 points. The more the losses pile up for New York, the bleaker their playoff hopes look.