Denton: Magic vs. Hawks Analysis (1/22/14)
But the Magic did finally show a pulse in the latter stages of the third period, getting to within 88-80 by the start of the fourth. Orlando ended the third with three straight 3-pointers – one from Doron Lamb and two more set up by Oladipo.
``I think you give a lot of credit to the guys that came off the bench,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ``We were searching for a combination out there that was going to help us win tonight and there were a lot of guys that came off the bench and gave us a great effort. At the end of the day you want to see a number in the win column, but there was a lot gained from the guys that helped us.’’
Just three nights after shortening the rotation to seven players in a win against Boston, Vaughn went deep into his bench on Wednesday. He played all 10 players in uniform and got some nice production from Harkless (six first-half points) and Lamb (one 3-pointer) in the first half. Vaughn hopes that he might have found a good mix off the bench with Harkless, Lamb and O’Quinn.
``I just really think those guys want to play,’’ Vaughn said. ``They put in the work, they practice hard, the do the extra work and they know how (demanding) that I am. I’ve talked to them since Day One about being ready when the opportunity presents itself. And the last two nights they’ve had opportunities to play and they sure have taken advantage of it.’’
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