Grades: Orlando Magic 110, Charlotte Bobcats 105 (OT) | Magic Basketball



Mar 29

Grades: Orlando Magic 110, Charlotte Bobcats 105 (OT)

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Orlando Magic 110 Final
Recap | Box Score
105 Charlotte Bobcats

Arron Afflalo
3-9 FG | 9-10 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | -6

Afflalo is the biggest reason why the Magic were able to beat the Bobcats. With Orlando trailing 97-94, Afflalo made a 3-pointer at the top of the key — with the help of a (moving) Vucevic screen — to tie things up with 7.4 seconds left. It’s that shot which allowed the Magic to send the game into overtime and eventually win it.

Nikola Vucevic
11-22 FG | 2-3 FT | 23 REB | 1 AST | 24 PTS | -5

At one point in the first half, Vucevic was 2-for-12 from the floor — though a lot of those shots were missed tip-ins. Then he made nine consecutive field goals before missing a shot near the end of regulation. Oh, and while Vucevic was doing all that, he was gobbling up rebounds like Pacman en route to his sixth career 20-20 game.

Tobias Harris
5-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +13

Even though Harris didn’t start, head coach Jacque Vaughn relied on him heavily. With Josh McRoberts having a career night, Vaughn tried to slow him down by using Harris at the stretch four position to defend him on the perimeter — something that Kyle O’Quinn (a more traditional big man) struggled to do. It worked, as McRoberts didn’t have a lot of success scoring on Harris.

Victor Oladipo
5-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 STL | 3 REB | 14 PTS | +9

The Oladipo experience is truly intoxicating to watch sometimes. He can wow you with his ability to put defenders on skates with his crossover dribble (hello Kemba Walker). He can make your head shake in disbelief with his elite speed and athleticism in the open court. Then you notice his five turnovers and have to remind yourself that he still has much to learn.

Charlotte Bobcats

Despite a career-high 24 points from McRoberts, Charlotte was unable to beat Orlando on the road. The biggest issue for the Bobcats was that they got destroyed on the boards. They got out-rebounded 57-36, with Vucevic racking up 23 rebounds in the process. Unless you’re the Miami Heat, it’s hard to win games when the rebounding discrepancy is that large.