Orlando Magic earn rare blowout victory, pummel Pistons
In a twist of action, the Orlando Magic flipped the script on an opponent and dominated an entire game. Keyed by a huge 2nd quarter effort from the team’s young guns, the Magic earned themselves a blowout victory over the Detroit Pistons, 112-98.
Rarely a difference maker in his NBA career, tonight’s top Magic performer was the hustling, physical Kyle O’Quinn. Blocking shots, leading the break like a point guard and providing the energy he can be counted on for, KOQ had his best all-around game of the year. While he finished with just eight points and five rebounds, his career high six blocks against one of the biggest frontlines in the league was an inspiration for the whole team.
Victor Oladipo, who returned to the bench for tonight’s game, led the team in scoring with 20 points on 8-10 shooting – he had been 13-51 from the field in his previous four games. Glen Davis had 18 points and Moe Harkless and Arron Afflalo each had 15 points.
The Pistons, led by Josh Smith’s 25 points and 12 rebounds, never were able to match the energy brought to the floor by the Magic. Outside of a short stretch to start the fourth quarter, they were constantly trailing the Magic by double-digits and still play like a team without a real identity.
For Orlando, it was extremely encouraging to see a rare full team effort. Everyone that saw the floor tonight played with relentless energy and played true team basketball. When you have Moe Harkless, Oladipo and Kyle O’Quinn able to supplement the starters with defensive impact, you have a short-term recipe for success.
“We came in tonight and brought that extra energy. Got that big lead going into halftime and I think it carried over into the starting unit in the second half.” – Moe Harkless discussing the bench unit’s defensive impact.
mBo Crown Royal #ReignOn Fan Tweet of the Game
Everyone in Orlando needs to take a minute to appreciate that our outmatched NBA team plays hard, instead of just collecting pay checks.
— Wes Murray (@wes_coast80) February 6, 2014
The Magic picked up their 14th win of the season tonight to improve to 14-37 on the season. Fear not if you are a member of the tankatallcosts team… Orlando is still firmly in the mix for one of the top lottery spots.
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant come to town on Friday night, with the tip set for 7pm EST.