Magic rookie guard Victor Oladipo, who earned his fourth career start, overcame some early foul trouble to score 18 points. He made seven of 11 shots despite being handcuffed with four fouls in the first half. He also had a highlight-worthy dunk late in the game by driving through the heart of the Atlanta defense.
Center Nikola Vucevic added 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Magic.
The Magic came into Tuesday intending to start high-scoring forwards Glen ``Big Baby’’ Davis and Harris together, but that plan had to be scrapped when Harris experienced more pain in his ankle.
Harris suffered a high ankle sprain on Oct. 20 and missed the next five weeks. He returned on Sunday, but experienced more pain in 16 minutes of game action. Harris thought he would be able to start on Tuesday for the first time all season, but he ended a workout early prior to the game. Harris was visibly upset before the game when he had to tell coaches that he was unable to play.
``A couple of times down the court (there was pain) and with certain movements (there was more pain),’’ Harris said of feeling pain on Sunday night against the Phoenix Suns. ``I hope that it’s nothing to the extreme and just a precaution to sit out (Tuesday). I want to play, but let’s see how it feels (on Wednesday). From (Monday) to (Tuesday), it felt better, so hopefully (on Wednesday) I’ll be able to play.’’
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