Orlando Magic Conclude 6-Game Road Trip With Win in Charlotte
Jameer Nelson drilled a lengthy 3-pointer to put Orlando up seven points with 1:06 remaining in Charlotte and the Orlando Magic found a way to end their 6-game losing skid as they won 92-83. Orlando shot 7-of-11 from 3-point range in the 2nd half as SEVEN pinstriped patrolmen reached double digits in scoring. After another sluggish start, Jameer Nelson finished with 17 points, 6 assists, and 7 rebounds. Glen Davis had 17 points and 12 rebounds, notching his first double-double since facing the Pistons on January 27th.
- After missing the past 4 games with a left ankle sprain, Nikola Vucevic was back and in the starting lineup against Al Jefferson. Orlando was -70 in rebounds during those four contests Vooch was out. Basically, all stats pointed to the huge importance of having a healthy Vucevic back as the Magic won the overall rebounding battle 52-41. 14-9 offensive boards.
- Nik’s presence was immediately felt as he had 4 points and 8 boards in the opening quarter that set the tempo for a superb return outing. Vucevic returned to double-double form again with 12 points and 14 boards on the evening.
- The Magic came into the night 0-7 while wearing their black jerseys this season. That streak has been happily broken as well.
- The Oladipo-Zeller Indiana hype was actually somewhat warranted because Andrew Nicholson COULD NOT defend Cody. Orlando trailed 18-16 after one period. Nicholson did pour in 10 points on 2-of-6 3-point shooting off the bench. Zeller and Oladipo each finished with 10 points.
- Thank God for E’Twaun Moore. I rip into Moore a lot, but he carried the team for much of the second quarter with all 10 of his points coming in the first half. That’s much needed when Afflalo-Nelson-Oladipo were a combined 4-of-21 heading into the locker room.
- Oladipo went on his own 6-0 run to begin the second half. Quite the welcoming sight as Victor had 8 points in the period including completing the first Magic alley-oop of the season off an Afflalo feed.
- Just for laughs, Glen Davis decided to hit a true corner 3-pointer to basically end the 3rd period and put the Magic ahead 67-62 entering the final twelve minutes of regulation. Big Baby’s make meant Orlando shot 4-of-5 from deep in the 3rd quarter.
- Afflalo made back-to-back buckets to put the Magic up 8 points with 4:17 to go, seemingly putting the game away, but Kemba Walker and the ‘Cats clawed within four late to make it close until the end. Arron finished with 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists as he continues to make his case for All-Star votes.
- If you missed the ball game, just find the Glen Davis postgame interview with FOX Sports’ Dante Marchitelli. It’s a riot.
Your 7-15 Magic finally get to come home after six straight contests and will host the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night. In ‘Legends Night’ tradition, Dennis ‘3-D’ Scott will be honored.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.