Denton: Magic at Bobcats Analysis (12/11/13)


Orlando will be back in action on Friday at the Amway Center when it hosts the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7 p.m. It will be the Magic’s first home game since Nov. 29.

The Magic got Vucevic back after he had missed the past four games with a sprained left ankle. The 7-footer sprained his ankle last Monday in Washington when he accidentally stepped on the foot of a courtside cameraman. He made it through a personal workout on Tuesday on the Magic’s day off and then went through shoot-around with the team on Wednesday morning.

``I’m glad I’m back so that I could help my team. In the first half I felt pretty good, but in the second half my legs got kind of tired. But I felt good for the most part,’’ Vucevic said. ``This was a good win for us, especially being on this road trip, It would have been easy to give in and think about going home. But we stuck together, which is not easy on a six-game trip. The game wasn’t pretty maybe, but we grinded it out and won it on the defensive end.’’

Charlotte’s Walker and Henderson suffered through miserable shooting nights. Walker made just four of 18 shots for 10 points, while Henderson made only three of 14 shots for 12 points.

Davis ended the third quarter much the same way as he did the second quarter by hitting a deep jumper from the corner. Whereas the shot at the first-half horn came with his foot on the 3-point stripe, Davis buried his second 3-pointer of the season at the end of the third period to put Orlando up 67-62. The Magic made four 3-pointers in the third quarter after missing their first nine tries of the game.

``Every time I shot that (outside jumper) there were like two seconds left on the clock. I learned that’s the trick because they pack down and don’t think I can shoot that shot,’’ Davis said. ``They have to pass it to me because I’m so wide open.’’


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