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6-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 14 PTS | +12
Just when you get accustomed to seeing Vucevic score the majority of his points in the low post, he reminds you that he’s still a good jump shooter for a 7-footer. All of his made field goals except for one were midrange jump shots, and it’s rather amazing how often the Timberwolves left Vucevic open on the perimeter.
8-15 FG | 2-3 3P | 4 REB | 3 AST | 20 PTS | +10
While Arron Afflalo is struggling to reacclimate himself in Denver, Fournier has been thriving with the Magic. For a team that has lacked, for many years now, in having wing players that are willing to drive to the basket, GM Rob Hennigan has to be pleased that he’s acquired a player that has shown a shifty ability to attack the rim. Fournier did much of that against Minnesota.
7-15 FG | 2-4 FT | 16 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | +11
Every once in a while, Harris will have a big game rebounding-wise and he certainly did last night. It was Harris, not Vucevic, that had a monster double-double versus the T’Wolves. If there’s one positive with playing Harris at small forward, it’s that he’s an excellent rebounder at that position (as opposed to being average at the power forward spot).
6-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 BLK | 6 REB | 17 PTS | +7
What was the more impressive highlight in overtime? Gordon’s defense on Thaddeus Young (watch his feet!), which led to Vucevic stealing the ball and throwing it ahead to the rookie for a fast break dunk on the other end of the floor. Or Gordon calmly making a right corner 3, which iced the game in overtime for the Magic. There’s no wrong answer.
For all the hype surrounding Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, he didn’t do much in last night’s game (a pair of Magic rookies — Gordon and Elfrid Payton — stole the show). Instead, the Timberwolves leaned heavily on their veterans to try to come away with a road win but they fell short in overtime.