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Mar 19

Grades: Golden State Warriors 103, Orlando Magic 89

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Golden State Warriors 103 Final
Recap | Box Score
89 Orlando Magic

Arron Afflalo
2-7 FG | 0-0 3P | 1 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -18

This was Afflalo’s worst performance of the season. Matched up against one half of the Splash Brothers (Klay Thompson), Afflalo flat out played like hot garbage — the type that makes New York City smell bad during the summer. While Thompson was raining down 3s all over the perimeter and constantly looking to score, Afflalo was unusually passive with his own offense.

Nikola Vucevic
7-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | -14

It was all Vucevic in the first quarter for the Magic. He scored 10 of his 15 points in the game’s opening stanza (but with zero rebounds) and he did it in a variety of ways. Dunks, midrange jumpers, and even a lefty hook for good measure. But after the opening stanza, Vucevic was quiet. Especially with his rebounding, where he managed to corral only five boards despite no Andrew Bogut.

Tobias Harris
5-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -2

Harris has continued to come off the bench for Orlando as the proverbial sixth man (with Kyle O’Quinn starting at the power forward position) and he continues to produce. With Bogut out, Harris’ strategy was simple: attack the rim. Time and again, he drove to the basket and either made layups or got to the free throw line.

Maurice Harkless
3-5 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -17

Say hello to one of the Magic players that actually played well against the Warriors in a blowout loss. In fact, Harkless had the play of the game for Orlando. Late in the second quarter, after a Golden State miss, Harkless dribbled up the floor, spun around Draymond Green on the right block, and finished with a dunk over David Lee. Impressive sequence.

Golden State Warriors

With no Andre Iguodala (knee) and Bogut (ankle), the Warriors relied heavily on Stephen Curry, Thompson, and Lee to get the job done against the Magic. And they did. The Splash Brothers made it rain behind the 3-point line, while Lee got his customary double-double. It was an 18-0 run in the third quarter that turned the game into a blowout.