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10-14 FG | 3-4 3P | 4 REB | 4 AST | 27 PTS | -1
This was easily Oladipo’s best game of the season so far. He got off to a quick start in the first quarter and never looked back. He splashed in 3-pointers and midrange jump shots. He attacked the rim — he had a vicious dunk in the third quarter. Yet in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter, he barely touched the ball.
9-16 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 STL | 11 REB | 21 PTS | -7
With Nikola Vucevic out due to back spasms, which he suffered during pre-game warmups, O’Quinn stepped in at center and the Magic didn’t miss a beat. He had 21 points (two shy of his career-high) and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes of playing time. Its performances like these that show O’Quinn is more than capable of being a starter in the NBA.
6-14 FG | 5-5 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 17 PTS | -1
Harris was the hero and the goat. It was his running bank shot that gave Orlando a 97-95 lead with 38.4 seconds left. And it was his inability to close out on Stephen Curry in transition, eliminate his airspace, and prevent him from shooting his game-winning 3-pointer that cost the Magic a hard-fought win on the road that they had earned.
4-13 FG | 2-6 3P | 3 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +5
Fournier made a minimal impact. He made a layup, midrange jumper, and two 3-point shots, and that was it. Something to keep an eye on moving forward is Fournier playing alongside Elfrid Payton (who was stellar against the Warriors, despite his modest stat line) and Oladipo in a small ball lineup. Coach Jacque Vaughn used it against Golden State and it was effective.
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Steph Curry. With the Dubs on the brink of having their 9-game winning streak snapped by the Magic, Curry came through in the clutch with a game-winner. After Payton missed a layup that could have iced the game with Orlando up 97-95, Curry got the ball in transition and pulled up for a 3-pointer that you knew was going to go in as soon as he released it.