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8-18 FG | 4-6 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | +1
It’s an event when Vucevic dunks the ball because it only happens occasionally. But it happened midway through the second quarter against the Nuggets. Vucevic got the ball on the left block, dribbled past Jusuf Nurkic, and threw it down over J.J. Hickson. It’s a shame that Vucevic doesn’t attack the rim more often, because he’s a strong finisher.
7-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 STL | 6 REB | 17 PTS | -1
Every single made basket for Oladipo was at the rim (7-for-9). Oladipo had the most success in pick-and-roll sets, where he put Denver’s perimeter defenders in a ringer — with the help of a Vucevic or O’Quinn screen — and zipped past them for layups off the dribble. In fact, many of them were contested, but Oladipo was able to convert.
4-8 FG | 2-5 3P | 3 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -6
In his first game back in Denver since being traded by the Nuggets for Arron Afflalo (and the 56th pick in the 2014 draft, which later became Devyn Marble), Fournier played well — and even had one of his better games in recent weeks. The rough runner he made while being fouled early in the fourth quarter was Manu Ginobili-like.
5-13 FG | 2-3 3P | 2 BLK | 6 REB | 12 PTS | +7
Harris is a microcosm of the Magic’s offensive struggles this season, which too often devolves into isolations when the primary play breaks down (there is rarely any secondary action). Ironically, when Harris made a field goal, it mostly came on a set play. When Harris missed, it’s largely because he involved himself in an iso that led to a contested shot.
There’s no reason why Denver shouldn’t have blown out Orlando at home in the infamous altitude, other than the fact that the Nuggets aren’t a very good team. Afflalo, a former Magic player from the previous two seasons, played with an extra pep in his step and understandably so. Fournier played with a similar edge against his former team.