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8-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 BLK | 11 REB | 20 PTS | +10
Vucevic notched his first double-double of the preseason and had an easy time doing it against an overmatched Flamengo frontline that could not match his size — the tallest big man on the roster was 6-foot-10 Cristiano Felicio. Vucevic encountered little resistance on the low block, in pick-and-rolls, and from the perimeter. His primary matchup (Jerome Meyinsse) did get the better of him at times on the other end, though.
7-13 FG | 2-2 3P | 9 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | +13
Out of all the Magic players, Gordon got the most minutes in the second half and took advantage of the extended playing time. The rookie showcased his athleticism, which seemed to overwhelm Flamengo at times. This was no more evident than late in the fourth quarter when Gordon got on his imaginary pogo stick and threw down a monstrous two-handed dunk — woah.
5-9 FG | 3-6 FT | 2 STL | 5 REB | 14 PTS | +10
Not enough can be said about how good Harris has looked in preseason so far — especially on offense. He and Vucevic have been the two best players in the Magic’s four exhibition games. It’s no secret that they’re each eligible for contract extensions, and you have to wonder if that’s what’s motivating them both to play at a high level.
3-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 5 AST | 11 PTS | +7
It was a near-flawless performance from Ridnour, His jump shot was falling and he displayed nice chemistry with the Magic big men in pick-and-roll sets. You couldn’t ask for more from Ridnour. Given rookie Elfrid Payton’s up-and-down play in preseason, it’ll be interesting to see if coach Jacque Vaughn opts to start the veteran Ridnour on opening night. We’ll see.
In front of a rabid Brazilian fan base at Amway Center, who were particularly loud at the start of the game, Flamengo performed admirably. The first half was much closer than the Magic probably expected, as Marcelinho Machado’s 3-point shooting (15 points on 5-for-9 shooting in the first half) kept Flamengo within striking distance. But eventually, Orlando’s superior talent overwhelmed Flamengo.