Magic Survive 3-Point Barrage to Ground Hawks
The Orlando Magic are on a win streak! For a second consecutive contest, Jacque Vaughn’s up-tempo style prevailed as Orlando beat the Hawks 109-102 Sunday evening. It’s the first time all season Orlando has won a game when giving up one hundred points or more to their opponent.
Atlanta solely stuck around thanks to their 15-of-39 3-point shooting. They were led in scoring by Jeff Teague who had 22 points and 8 assists.
Orlando’s 30 assists on 41 made buckets were a season-high and signified outstanding distribution with seven Magic men reaching double digit scoring. Nikola Vucevic tallied his 16th double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Arron Afflalo had a team-high 21 points and 7 assists despite playing with a heavily taped left ankle. Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris had 15 points and 17 points respectably along with some ridiculous highlight moments.
Arron Afflalo: “30 assists and seven guys in double figures, that means that everybody is being aggressive and being aggressive with the right intent. When we do that, we play for each other and we can compete with any team on a night in and night out basis.”
- I know Atlanta isn’t the greatest of sports cities, but props to the 5 rows of Hawks fans up in section 213 that were very boisterous in support of their team.
- After not playing Friday night, Andrew Nicholson was the first sub off Coach Vaughn’s bench at the 4:38 mark with the Magic up 17-9. Nicholson finished scoreless and hasn’t had a point in a week.
- At the 3:02 mark of the first period, E’Twaun Moore checked in after missing a few games due to a thigh contusion. Moore last played on December 18th against Utah.
- Kyle Korver increased his NBA record streak of most consecutive games with at least one 3-point make to an outstanding 100 straight with a conversion at the 9:40 mark of the 2nd quarter. Korver finished with 8 points on 2-of-4 from 3-range.
- Maurice Harkless has been struggling to find his identity of late, but he put up a fantastic 7-point scoring burst that included a steal, an alley oop lay-up, an alley oop dunk, and a 3-pointer in the first 3 minutes of the second quarter.
- Harkless’ 2nd quarter was easily his best of the season with 11 points in the period. Orlando led 56-49 at the break due to 54.8 FG%. Hawks stuck around thanks to 9-of-19 from 3-point range. Magic held large advantages in points in the paint (28-6) and fastbreak points (14-2).
- Orlando displayed solid inside-out passing and kept the ball movement free and flowing. Despite that, Atlanta only trailed 79-76 entering the fourth period with the Hawks drilling 3-of-7 from 3-point range in the 3rd quarter.
- Dennis Schroder tied the game early in the fourth with an And 1. Then another free throw trip gave Atlanta an 80-79 lead at the 10:20 mark. An Afflalo jumper and a Tobias 3 later to initiate a seesaw segment for the next few minutes.
- A trailing 3-pointer by Jameer and a Vucevic putback later found Orlando up 93-85 and on an 10-0 run with five minutes remaining in regulation.
- Orlando would lead 97-90 after Tobias Harris, even with 5 personal fouls, decided to one-up some of Oladipo’s highlights on the evening by posterizing Paul Millsap on a jam. Back-to-back triples by Afflalo and Oladipo on the next possessions would clinch the victory for the pinstriped patrolmen.
- The Magic dominated the ever important fastbreak (22-13) and points in the paint (46-26) battles. Holding Atlanta to 3-of-13 shooting in the fourth period from long range didn’t hurt either.
- Lou Williams finished with 18 points, but he was scoreless (0-for-4) in the last period.
Orlando closes out the 2013 calendar year, as well as their 6-game home stand, New Year’s Eve against the high-powered Golden State Warriors.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.