Each of the Magic home victories has been significant and telling. To wit:
Orlando didn’t just beat New Orleans for its first home win of the season; it throttled the Pelicans in every phase of the game. The Magic led by as much as 30 points, won by 20 and limited New Orleans to 34 percent shooting.
The Magic’s first big test at home came against the revamped Brooklyn Nets, a team that had won by 39 points in Orlando almost a year earlier. But on this night, Orlando shredded the Nets for 66 second-half points and rode the impressive energy of rookie Victor Oladipo, who had 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and a 360-degree dunk off a steal.
The Magic pushed their home winning streak to three with their best win of the season – a 98-90 thumping of the Los Angeles Clippers. Orlando raced to a 19-point lead, stumbled in the third period to lose the advantage and then smothered the high-octane Clippers in the fourth quarter to the tune of 16 points. It was the third straight game in which the Magic held an opponent to less than 40 percent shooting.
Orlando lost to the Boston Celtics at home last Friday when they shot the ball poorly and they proceeded to drop the next two games on the road. But the Magic returned to the Amway Center on Wednesday and rode the impressive shooting of Arron Afflalo to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks. The veteran shooting guard made 11 of 15 shots and eight of 11 3-pointers in a career-best 36-point effort. Afflalo tied a franchise record with five 3-pointers in the third quarter and came within one three of the halftime record with seven 3-pointers over the final two quarters.
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