Magic Basketball | - Part 23

Dec 07

Video: Victor Oladipo stonewalls Carmelo Anthony

Dec 04

Highlights: Afflalo scores career-high 43 points

Dec 04

Highlights: Big Baby scores career-high 33 points

Dec 04

Highlights: Oladipo’s first career triple-double

Dec 04

Video: Victor Oladipo beats the buzzer

Dec 02

Grades: Washington Wizards 98, Orlando Magic 80

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Washington Wizards 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
80 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -19

To say that Vucevic struggled would be an understatement. He committed eight turnovers and some of them were careless. Midway through the third quarter, he traveled on an inbounds pass. Then on the ensuing possession, he committed offensive basket interference while trying to make a tip-in. After the turnover, the frustration got to Vucevic and he was whistled for a technical foul after throwing the ball at the stanchion.

Victor Oladipo
4-12 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -21

His jumper wasn’t falling and he only had moderate success attacking the rim off the dribble against Nene and Gortat, but Oladipo still managed to have some moments of pure brilliance. Like midway through the first quarter, when he threaded the needle and made a precise bounce pass from half-court to a streaking Maurice Harkless for a dunk in transition.

Arron Afflalo
10-16 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 21 PTS | -9

He could have shot more 3s and gotten to the free throw line more, but outside of those two things, there’s not much else Afflalo could have done offensively. His defense, on the other hand, could have been better. Although Trevor Ariza wasn’t his primary assignment, when Afflalo was defending him, he lost track of Ariza a few times and gave him too many quality looks from the perimeter.

Maurice Harkless
7-13 FG | 1-4 3P | 2 STL | 4 REB | 16 PTS | -8

This is an instance where the numbers can lie. Harkless was the Magic’s second-leading scorer on the night, but a majority of his points came in garbage time when the game was already decided. This isn’t to say Harkless didn’t play well. He did. But context is everything in the NBA and Harkless put up empty stats against the Wizards.

Washington Wizards

Magic fans had to be getting flashbacks to the 2009 NBA Finals as tonight’s game unfolded, given that Trevor Ariza (a former Magic killer with the Los Angeles Lakers) couldn’t miss from the perimeter. He had 24 points (8-for-9 shooting) and made all four of his 3-point attempts, and was the biggest reason why Washington beat Orlando with incredible ease.

Dec 02

Video: Victor Oladipo threads the needle

Nov 30

Grades: San Antonio Spurs 109, Orlando Magic 91

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San Antonio Spurs 109 Final
Recap | Box Score
91 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
4-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 BLK | 7 REB | 12 PTS | -20

To say that Vucevic struggled would be an understatement. He committed eight turnovers and some of them were careless. Midway through the third quarter, he traveled on an inbounds pass. Then on the ensuing possession, he committed offensive basket interference while trying to make a tip-in. After the turnover, the frustration got to Vucevic and he was whistled for a technical foul after throwing the ball at the stanchion.

Victor Oladipo
6-14 FG | 1-3 3P | 3 BLK | 4 REB | 15 PTS | -20

Oladipo was fairly ordinary on offense, but he made some spectacular plays defensively. Like his two blocks on Jeff Ayres and Tiago Splitter in the second half that were right out of Dwyane Wade’s playbook. On both plays, Ayres and Splitter drove to the basket but were denied by Oladipo, who came from the weak-side to block each big man at the rim.

Arron Afflalo
6-14 FG | 5-5 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -30

Like many of the players for the Magic, Afflalo couldn’t get much going offensively. He had plenty of quality looks, but the shots didn’t fall for him. The fact that he was able to churn out a somewhat-efficient performance against one of the best defenses in the NBA speaks to some of the strides Afflalo has made on offense this season.

Maurice Harkless
4-7 FG | 3-4 3P | 2 STL | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -6

After starting the first 13 games of the regular season, Harkless has been coming off the bench — with Oladipo essentially taking his place — and adjusting to his new role. In limited minutes against the Spurs, he played fairly well. He shot 3-for-4 from behind the 3-point line, which matched his career-high for 3-point field goals made in a game.

San Antonio Spurs

It’s no secret that Orlando is trying to build themselves in San Antonio’s image, which is a smart thing to do. But the Spurs reminded the Magic how far away they are from competing on a nightly basis, let alone winning on a nightly basis. Even without Tony Parker (ankle), San Antonio was methodical in their win — getting contributions from practically everyone on the roster.

Nov 30

Video: Oladipo channels his inner-Wade

Nov 28

Grades: Orlando Magic 105, Philadelphia 76ers 94

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Orlando Magic 105 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Philadelphia 76ers

Nikola Vucevic
10-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 16 REB | 5 AST | 21 PTS | +9

Victor Oladipo
7-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 STL | 5 AST | 18 PTS | +9

Glen Davis
9-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | +3

Arron Afflalo
6-15 FG | 6-8 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | +7

Philadelphia 76ers

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