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Mar 26

Grades: Orlando Magic 95, Portland Trail Blazers 85

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Orlando Magic 95 Final
Recap | Box Score
85 Portland Trail Blazers

Arron Afflalo
3-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 10 PTS | +9

With Harris and Vucevic scoring seemingly at will, and Oladipo running the show offensively, Afflalo was very much a spectator for most of the evening. He did go on a bit of a scoring flurry late in the second quarter, but that was the extent of Afflalo’s positive influence on the game. On the flip-side, his five turnovers were a glaring negative.

Nikola Vucevic
10-18 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 STL | 10 REB | 22 PTS | +10

Vucevic showed great synergy with Oladipo in the pick-and-roll against the Blazers, which helped fuel his outstanding night offensively. Earlier in the regular season, the timing was always a little off between the two. But as the season has progressed, you can see that Oladipo and Vucevic are getting more in-sync with each other. And tonight was a prime example of their improved chemistry.

Tobias Harris
10-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 BLK | 11 REB | 25 PTS | +1

It’s nights like these when people are reminded that the Milwaukee Bucks gave up Harris for a J.J. Redick rental. Harris was practically unstoppable on offense against Portland. He took advantage of mismatches in the post, he was aggressive on the offensive boards, and he was knocking down corner 3s and midrange jump shots. Harris showed off the total package.

Victor Oladipo
5-16 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS | +13

To the doubters who are skeptical that Oladipo can play the point guard position in the NBA, look no further than this game (and many other games) as proof that, yes, he can. Oladipo’s stat line doesn’t jump off the page. But with Jameer Nelson still nursing a sore left knee, Oladipo did his job as Orlando’s floor general. The offense ran smoothly with him in the floor.

Portland Trail Blazers

Coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Miami Heat on Monday and playing on a road back-to-back, without their best player no less (LaMarcus Aldridge), the Blazers struggled against the Magic. Portland’s top-rated offense, in particular, looked all out of sorts, as Orlando was swarming defensively. If it wasn’t for Robin Lopez (20 points, 13 rebounds), the final score would have probably been far worse for the Blazers.