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10-17 FG | 5-5 FT | 3 STL | 12 REB | 25 PTS | +14
In a matchup between Magic centers past and present, Vucevic outplayed Dwight Howard. The penultimate sequence for Vucevic came in crunch time. With the Magic clinging to a 111-109 lead, Vucevic made a right hook in the paint while being fouled by James Harden. Vucevic converted the three-point play with 47.3 seconds left, which essentially ended the game.
12-19 FG | 3-4 3P | 6 REB | 6 AST | 32 PTS | +6
It’s the first time in Oladipo’s career that he’s scored 30-plus points in back-to-back games (Vucevic accomplished the same feat on Monday). Matched up against a player that’s a paragon of efficiency in Harden, Oladipo showed that he can be efficient too. He made layups, free-throws, 3-pointers, and oh yeah, he punctuated his performance with a 360 dunk.
5-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +14
“The guy with the crazy hair” came up big in the final period. He had 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal — the steal led to Oladipo’s 360 dunk, where Payton was also credited for the assist. The other assist Payton had in the fourth quarter was a nifty pass to a cutting Oladipo, which also led to a dunk. Say hello to your backcourt of the future, Orlando.
5-10 FG | 5-9 3P | 5 REB | 5 AST | 15 PTS | +17
After struggling in the Magic’s previous five games, Frye finally snapped out of his shooting slump. Naturally, all of Frye’s made field goals came on 3-point shots. With Orlando making a concerted effort to play with pace, it’s fair to wonder if Frye will be one of the players that’ll benefit from this philosophy change — remember, he thrived in a similar style with the Suns last season.
Entering tonight’s game, the Rockets probably didn’t expect to be walking into Amway Center and running into an offensive buzzsaw. But that’s what happened. The Magic continued where they left off in Portland and Chicago, and ran. Perhaps the most surprising takeaway is that Houston – a team that is conditioned to play an uptempo style — ultimately got beat at its own game.