On the back of a poor shooting night the Magic lost 108-99 to a tenacious OKC team in the Amway. The loss saw Orlando move to a 4-2 record for the season.
Nikola Vucevic led the team again. Few players are proving more effective in the NBA at the moment than Vooch. On the night his contribution was 30 points and 13 rebounds, claiming his 5th double-double of the season. Terrence Ross returned to the line-up contributing a 26 point haul. He is currently the highest scoring player in the NBA coming from the bench.
A POOR SHOOTING NIGHT
After a 33 point opening quarter the Magic offence went cold in the second and fourth quarters, being held to under 100 points for a second straight game.
Fouls allowed OKC a foothold in the game and they took full advantage of it, hitting 19-21 in the game. OKC built a lead as they out scored Orlando in each of the final 3 quarters.
By the final buzzer Orlando had shot a pathetic 26.3% from beyond the arc (10-38), whilst attaining an over all field goal percentage of 37% (40-108). It wasn’t great viewing for Magic fans as we moved to a 4-2 season record.
The defeat can in part be attributed to an injury list that includes Evan Fournier and Chuma Okeke. Both have played important parts in the early season success. Fournier, out with back spasms had been scoring well up until the injury. His offence was undoubtedly missed again.
Josh Cohen gives his analysis of the game here.
Next up it is 2 games against a visiting Cleveland Cavaliers team on Monday and Wednesday.