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12-24 FG | 9-11 FT | 17 REB | 1 AST | 33 PTS | -8
Magic fans are witnessing a star in the making. Vucevic scored a career-high 33 points (including 12 in the fourth quarter) and did everything he could to counter Chris Bosh, who scored 14 of his 32 points in the final period. Alas, it wasn’t enough, as Bosh got a bit more help in the fourth than Vucevic in the form of Mario Chalmers.
5-11 FG | 3-5 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -16
It’s tough to watch Oladipo play sometimes because he takes some hard fouls, as was the case against the Heat. Oladipo’s eagerness to attack the rim was smart, given that Miami’s defense doesn’t offer much rim protection (outside of Chris Andersen, whose noticeably regressing as an interior defender), but that led to several nasty falls for Oladipo.
5-15 FG | 1-5 3P | 6 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS | -12
With Tobias Harris nursing a strained right calf (which he suffered during pregame shootaround on Friday before the Magic’s come-from-behind win over the Charlotte Hornets), Fournier slid over to small forward. Not much went right for Fournier offensively, though. He struggled shooting at the rim (4-for-9) and behind the 3-point line (1-for-5), and had a pedestrian night scoring-wise for his (new) standards.
4-6 FG | 1-4 FT | 5 STL | 4 AST | 9 PTS | +1
In 23 minutes of playing time, Payton stuffed the box score with a 9 point-3 rebound-4 assist-5 steal stat line. He showed off the floater, which — right now — is the best shot he has in his limited offensive repertoire, and he made a number of spectacular defensive plays. He earned crunch time minutes in the fourth quarter, though it’s puzzling he didn’t play more, given Willie Green’s struggles.
The Heat won this game because Bosh and Chalmers took over in the fourth quarter. They combined to score 24 of Miami’s 31 points in the final period and nearly outscored Orlando by themselves. Bosh, in particular, carpet bombed the Magic’s defense from the perimeter and reminded everyone how good he is. It was an impressive shooting display from a great player.