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Top 10 Jameer Nelson Magic Game Performances

2014 August 22
by Adam Papageorgiou
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images


We gave him a nice farewell, but let’s reflect on the best Orlando Magic games that Jameer Nelson had in his 10 years serving O-Town. This includes regular season and playoff contests.



January 7, 2013

Magic @ Portland Trail Blazers – Lost 125-119 in Overtime

21 points, 12 assists, 3 rebounds, 7-for-21 FGs

It’s all about the feat achieved in this case. Jameer would take first place on the Magic’s all-time assists list, surpassing Scott Skiles and his tally of 2,776 assists. Nelson departed Orlando with 3,501 dishes, a number that won’t be reached for a very long time. Jameer has notched 12+ assists eighteen times in his Magic career.


Below you’ll find the rest of the Top 10.



January 15, 2014

Chicago Bulls @ Magic – Lost 128-125 in Triple Overtime

31 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, 13-for-30 FGs, 3-of-13 on 3s

If only for this moment.


Obviously this wasn’t one of Jameer’s best shooting performances. But it was the last of his 15 games in which he scored 28+ points in his Magic career. Nelson has had 43 career double-doubles.



April 13, 2005

Magic @ Detroit Pistons – Lost 103-94

30 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, 10-for-18 FGs, 5-of-8 on 3s

Jameer’s first ever 30-point game came very late into his rookie campaign. It was also one of his only 4 times that Nelson nabbed five or more steals in a contest.



January 11, 2006

Magic @ Seattle SuperSonics – Lost 113-104

32 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 9-for-16 FGs, 2-of-3 on 3s, 12-of-14 FTs

It’s the most points Jameer has ever scored off a Magic bench. The 12 free throw makes are also the most he’s ever drained in any NBA contest. Coincidentally, this is the contest that basically signaled the end for Steve Francis in Orlando. Francis got suspended for a few days by the team for refusing to re-enter the game in Seattle. Steve would go on and play another month for the Magic before being dealt to the Knicks at the Trade Deadline. It was Nelson and the then recently acquired Carlos Arroyo leading the team at point guard after that.



January 2, 2013

Chicago Bulls @ Magic – Lost 96-94

32 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 11-for-20 FGs, 6-of-9 on 3s

A few things to note. The six made 3-pointers are a career-high. It was the last time Jameer Nelson scored 32 points which is his career-high as well. Nelson has reached that many points 5 times in total. The 23-14 fourth quarter advantage for the Magic wasn’t enough to take the result.



March 13, 2012

Miami Heat @ Magic – Won 104-98 in Overtime

25 points, 4 assists, 2 steals, 10-for-16 FGs, 4-of-7 on 3s

DICE ROLL! Finally getting away from the losses and you know I had to sneak in at least one winning performance against the Miami Heat. Jameer’s had some great showings against our in-state rival, but I consider this one his best. Especially factoring in the overtime aspect. It was also the last home game before everyone thought the Magic would trade Dwight Howard. Leading the way in beating Miami’s ‘Big 3’ is a great pitch to get your star to stick around longer. Little did we know how bad Howard’s back was.



April 18, 2010

Charlotte Bobcats @ Magic – Won 98-89

32 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 10-for-18 FGs, 4-of-8 on 3s

Raymond Felton may be reliving past nightmares. Game 1 of the 2010 first round of the playoffs and Jameer came out with a purpose by scoring 24 first half points in what would eventually be the first victory on Orlando’s way to a sweep.



April 24, 2010

Magic @ Charlotte Bobcats – Won 90-86

32 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 12-for-21 FGs, 5-of-9 on 3s

And here’s Jameer personally breaking Charlotte’s back in Game 3 and giving Magic fans lengthy views of Michael Jordan putting his hands in his face.



February 9, 2007

San Antonio Spurs @ Magic – Won 106-104

31 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 12-for-20 FGs, 2-of-2 on 3s

Any game that has Travis Diener involved is bound to be a good one. This is what I call Jameer’s ‘all grown up’ game. Nelson is in the middle of his 3rd season in the league and really began proving to others his capabilities as a starter. Winning a duel with Tony Parker – he had Jacque Vaughn guarding him too – and taking down a championship Spurs roster will get you noticed. The variety in offensive effectiveness along with his clutch shots are really why Magic fans have always loved Jameer. This is one of Jameer’s gems that he can look back on with pride.



January 16, 2009

Magic @ Los Angeles Lakers – Won 109-103

28 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, 9-for-18 FGs, 3-of-6 on 3s

This is prime Jameer. Making the All-Star Game for his first and only time during that ’08-’09 campaign. On that January evening inside Staples Center, it was two franchises that were the best in the league going head-to-head. There’s Jameer proving his All-Star merits and showing how the Magic could indeed win a championship. That was a contest where Kobe Bryant notched a triple-double too. It’s a shame that Erick Dampier robbed us of a healthy Nelson just a few weeks later. No one knows how Orlando’s 2009 playoffs really would have went with a healthy Jameer. The ’09 Finals will forever be looming over Jameer as a big ‘what if’ that ties in Rafer Alston who provided exemplary fill-in play leading up to that Lakers series before Nelson came back clearly not 100%.


Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

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