Afflalo, who was disappointed with his shooting percentages last season as he took on a larger role, was as good as he’s ever been on Wednesday night. He made 11 of 15 shots, eight of 11 3-pointers and all six of his free throws for his second 30-point effort of the season.
As if that wasn’t enough, the veteran shooting guard also had an assist to Nikola Vucevic for a dunk with 9.2 seconds remaining. He then, had a steal in the final seconds to seal the victory. He chipped in eight rebounds and six assists.
``He had, I don’t know, a courageous effort, I call it,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said of Afflalo. ``To not let his team lose – on both ends of the floor, he was great. For a while we were searching to get a combination that would be good for us and he was a part of our combinations because he was playing so hard and in tune with us trying to get a win.’’
Afflalo’s performance allowed the Magic to dig their way out of a hole that stretched as deep as 19 points in the first half. Afflalo’s five 3-pointers in the third quarter tied a franchise record held by several Magic players, most recently by J.J. Redick this past January. His seven 3-pointers in the second half came within one of the Magic record of eight in a half held by Tracy McGrady (2004) and Jason Richardson (2012).
O.J. Mayo scored 25 points for Milwaukee.
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