Denton: Magic vs. Clippers Analysis (11/6/13)


Vucevic was a force on both ends of the floor, delivering the fifth game of his career with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds and the second 30-point, 20-rebound effort. Vucevic drilled a 12-foot jumper from the left wing with 1:04 remaining to give the Magic a 92-89 lead. The 7-foot center then drilled six free throws with 23, 17 and 6.4 seconds left to seal the Magic’s impressive win. He corralled his 20th rebound with 17 seconds left to cap the stellar night.

``He was extremely determined from the first play of the game with his aggressiveness on both ends of the floor,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said of Vucevic, who made 11 of 19 shots and all eight of his free throws. ``I love it that he looked over at me and wanted me to call his number. That’s a first in our time together. It was great to see and great to be a part of. It’s just a part of his growth of looking forward to playing the game of basketball and competing. I love it.’’

Reserve guard E’Twaun Moore, who was a plus-21 in his 27 minutes on the floor, had two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 12 points. Afflalo, who had a spinning post-up shot over Jared Dudley to give the Magic a 90-89 lead that they never lost, scored 11 points for the Magic.

``I was just out there trying to play smart basketball, but if the shot is there I’m always willing to take it and stay aggressive,’’ said Moore, who was also tasked with guarding Jamal Crawford (14 points). ``I was just trying to do whatever I could to help us win. Our last two wins gave us good momentum coming into tonight and we fought hard and did what good teams do by pulling out this win.’’



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