Denton: Magic vs. Bobcats Analysis (1/17/14)
Orlando seemed to be running on fumes most of the night following Wednesday’s crushing and exhausting 128-125 loss to Chicago. It was just the fourth triple-OT game in franchise history and it exacted a toll on the Magic on Friday.
``I’m a no-excuse kind of guy,’’ said Magic coach Jacque Vaughn, refusing to blame the length of Wednesday’s game for Friday’s loss. ``Some nights are tougher than others. I talked about it before the game with the mental part being a concern. The 19-2 start was part of that mental part. Overall we showed some resolve to come back at halftime. But it was a mentally challenging night for us.’’
Nelson, who played 54 minutes on Wednesday, scored 18 points, but he made just seven of 16 shots. Oladipo, who played the most minutes (57) of a NBA rookie in 59 years on Wednesday, missed 10 of his 14 shots and scored just 11 points to go with 10 assists and five rebounds. Afflalo, back after missing three games with an injured foot, scored 24 points and hit four 3-pointers.
Vaughn excused his starters from practice on Thursday in an attempt to revive their legs in time for Friday’s game. Still, the carryover effect from several players being on the floor for more minutes than they have all season hit the Magic hard on Friday.
``The guys played really, really hard the last game and maybe we had some dead legs,’’ Afflalo said. ``But we have to get past that.’’
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