Warriors Wind Down 2013 with Win in Orlando
In what can only be described as an ugly contest for all Magic fans to witness, Orlando fell 94-81 to a Warriors team that has now won 6 straight games. With no Nik Vucevic to worry about for most of the game, the Warriors out-rebounded Orlando 56-37 and converted 21-of-32 points in the paint baskets. All of the while holding Orlando to under 40% shooting all of Tuesday night.
David Lee led everyone with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Orlando was led with 15 points by a 7-for-18 Arron Afflalo.
- Last December, the Warriors came into O-Town on a similar 5-game streak and Orlando beat them.
- This time last year, Orlando closed out 2012 with a heartbreaking overtime loss to the Miami Heat as they entered 2013 with a 12-19 record. So the Magic are a little worse this season when you look at win-loss.
- Today was also the 1-year anniversary of Nikola Vucevic breaking Shaq’s franchise record for rebounds in a game, as Vooch gobbled up 29 in that defeat to the Heat.
- Magic did an awful job of playing any kind of defense. They were down 26-13 at the 3:29 mark of the 1st period when Nik Vucevic apparently sprained his left ankle badly and hobbled to the locker room. Vucevic didn’t return and finished 2-of-5 from the field. It’s the same ankle Vucevic sprained on December 3rd in Philadelphia when he tripped over a cameraman.
- Orlando trailed 26-15 after one quarter. The fifteen being a season-low for Orlando. Warriors out-rebounded the Magic 17-7. Ten of GSW’s twelve made field goals were assisted.
- About the only good Orlando-related thing to occur in the first half was a successful marriage proposal at the 2:29 mark of the 2nd quarter. Golden State’s massive height and length advantages were very problematic throughout the game.
- The Magic trailed 58-35 at the break. Orlando shot 34.9 FG% while the Warriors managed 55.3 FG%. GSW out-rebounded the pinstriped patrolmen 30-14 and held a 12-2 fastbreak point lead. It would’ve been worse had GSW made 3-pointers.
- Not a single Magic starter shot better than 40% in the 1st half as Maxiell began the 3rd period in place of the absent Nik.
- The Warriors cruised through the 3rd period and led 74-59 over the Magic entering the last session of regulation. Orlando have to thank Jameer’s three 3-pointers in the quarter for keeping them even that close. Dubs were still out-rebounding the home side by 42-23.
- Tobias got Orlando within 13 to open the final quarter, but Golden State put their throats on Orlando the rest of the way.
- Orlando was down 91-69 with 6:04 remaining when Jacque threw in the towel and inserted Doron Lamb and Ronnie Price into the contest.
Your 10-21 Magic are done with the 2-4 home stand and will travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers on Thursday night to begin the 2014 portion of their season.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.