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6-13 FG | 1-3 FT | 2 BLK | 9 REB | 13 PTS | -8
Although Vucevic outplayed Jonas Valanciunas head-to-head in their latest battle, which has been the norm between the two players for the past three seasons, Vucevic himself didn’t play particularly well. His hook shots and fadeaway jumpers were off, and he committed a variety of turnovers — a bad entry pass, a moving screen, etc. He just looked out-of-sync offensively all night long.
8-15 FG | 6-10 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | -11
Harris went on a personal 8-0 run late in the second quarter that was part of a larger 16-2 run, which gave the Magic a 52-44 lead at halftime. Within that sequence, Harris made a layup, two free throws, and two point-blank jumpers on the left block. When he gets on a roll on offense, he can score quickly.
7-11 FG | 2-4 3P | 3 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | +10
Gordon had a vintage performance. Unfortunately for the Magic, they let it go to waste. Gordon came off the bench and provided a spark with his scoring, making several tough shots along the way. He was a team-high plus-10 for the game, which accurately captures his positive impact for Orlando. Many people derided the Gordon signing, but he’s been solid this season.
6-12 FG | 0-2 3P | 2 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | -12
When you have two competitive, physical point guards matched up against each other, there’s potential for fireworks. Tonight’s matchup between Oladipo and Kyle Lowry did not disappoint. They hounded one another all over the court, but ultimately, it was Lowry (17 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals) that got the better of Oladipo. Still, Oladipo deserves a lot of credit for not backing down.
With DeMar DeRozan out (torn left adductor longus tendon), the Drakes have leaned on Lowry heavily and tonight was no exception. Trailing 52-44 at the half, Toronto outscored Orlando 51-30 in the second half to come away with an easy victory. To put it simply, the Drakes took their collective game to a level the Magic couldn’t match.