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8-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | -2
Normally a face-up player, Vucevic went to work in the post against the gangly Samuel Dalembert, leveraging his size to his advantage and scoring with little difficulty. He made a few hook shots with both hands — including two lefty hooks — and displayed good footwork. If Vucevic can keep making strides in the low post, he’ll become a more complete player on offense.
3-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | -10
Turnovers were a big issue for Oladipo. Most of his nine turnovers related to his passing and ballhandling. Oladipo made several bad passes and lost the ball a few times when trying to split the double-team in pick-and-roll sets. The underlying theme is that Oladipo was forcing it way too much. The good news for Magic fans is that these are correctable mistakes.
6-12 FG | 13-14 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 25 PTS | -2
After setting career highs in points and 3-point field goals made versus the Milwaukee Bucks, Afflalo followed that up by setting a new career-high in free throws made and attempted against the Mavericks. He was aggressive in attacking the rim off the dribble and drawing fouls. That allowed him to rack up free throws in bunches and put together a James Harden-like performance offensively (25 points on 12 shots)
6-11 FG | 3-6 3P | 4 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | -4
The biggest storyline in the Magic’s loss to Dallas was a healthy Nelson not playing in the fourth quarter of a close game. Head coach Jacque Vaughn made the decision to play a small lineup (Oladipo-Moore-Afflalo-Harkless-Vucevic) in the final period and his choice raised a lot of eyebrows, given that Nelson was torching Jose Calderon and Oladipo was struggling to do the same.
The Mavericks got contributions from a lot of players in their win over Orlando, but it was Dirk Nowitzki (18 points on 6-for-12 shooting) that had the game’s defining moment. Dirk Nowitzki made a cold-blooded 3-pointer from the right wing over Harkless’ outstretched arm with 3:10 remaining that gave the Mavericks a 100-91 lead and essentially ended the game.