Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani once said he could walk out into the middle of Times Square and start handing out $100 bills. A third of the people would say he was not handing out enough money. Another third would say he was handing out too much money. Another third would say they didn't like the way he was handing out the money. Welcome to a new feature on orlandomagic.com – GLASS HALF-FULL. A local sports writer once told me that his job was to watch the battle from the mountain top, ride down, and bayonet the wounded. We live in a world of cynics. But not here, at GLASS HALF-FULL. I will do my best to answer your questions going forward.

What can you expect? Rainbows and gum drops. No scraped knees and rubbing alcohol, here. I will give you the flip side. I will give you Cotton Candy, not the dentist's office. It's not Fast Food. It's Good Food Fast. Being negative takes up a lot of energy. Being nice is easy. Will there be some spin? Sure, but I prefer the word "Influence". By nature, I am an optimist. Sure, former draft pick Jerryl Sasser couldn't shoot, but you should have seen him defend in practice. And, he had a never-wavering confidence about him. You say, "What's the deal with Fran Vazquez staying in Spain to play? I say, he's still an asset to the Magic and that's part of the process of drafting international players. Hopefully, that gives you a look into the Magic-blue colored world I can tend to drift into. My takes will be credible though, just the other side of the coin.

 

Posted by Glass Half Full, Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 12:30 PM 

 

1) On Monday, Nikola Vucevic accomplished something neither Dwight Howard nor Shaquille O’Neal ever did for the Magic – posted 20 points and 29 rebounds in a game.

 

Magic, 20+ Pts & 25+ Reb in Game – All-Time

(regular season)

 

Date             Player                 Opponent     Pts   Reb

12/31/12  Nikola Vucevic     Heat           20    29

11/20/93   Shaquille O’Neal    Nets          24    28

04/15/06   Dwight Howard      76ers          28    26

03/13/12   Dwight Howard      Heat            24    25

01/18/12   Dwight Howard      Spurs          24    25

01/10/07   Dwight Howard      Warriors     30    25

04/20/93   Shaquille O’Neal     Bullets      20    25

 

2) Vucevic also had three steals and two blocks in Monday’s contest.

 

Players w/ 20+ Pts, 25+ Reb, 3+ Stl & 2+ BS in Game – Since 1986-87

 

Date                  Player                   Opponent          Pts  Reb  Stl  BS

12/31/12  Nikola Vucevic, Orl        Heat              20   29   3    2

03/13/12  Dwight Howard, Orl          Heat              24   25   3    2

01/05/01  Chris Webber, GS              Pacers            51   26   3    2

12/31/91  Dennis Rodman, Det      Trail Blazers   20   25   3    2

04/01/90  Roy Tarpley, Dal               Bucks             24   25   5   3

12/17/89  H. Olajuwon, Hou              Magic             32   25   3  10

03/20/87  Charles Barkley, Phi           Nuggets         26   25   3    2   

 

3) Arron Afflalo had 28 points on Monday, the fourth time in the last six games that he has had 20 or more. He also had 28 points in his first game against the Bulls this season.

 

Arron Afflalo, Most Points in 6-Game Span – Career

(regular season)

 

128       12/21/12-12/31/12

123       03/26/12-04/06/12

120       04/06/12-04/15/12

119       04/01/12-04/11/12

118       12/02/12-12/12/12

 

The most points Afflalo has had in a seven-game span is 146 (April 6-16, 2012).


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