Oladipo had trouble asserting himself early on, getting up just three shots in the first half. He finished with 20 points and five steals. Turnovers were again an issue as he kicked the ball away eight more times.

``We knew that they were going to go small and with their shooting on the floor (the smaller lineup) gave us a chance to stay in front of them,’’ said Magic coach Jacque Vaughn of his three-guard lineup of Oladipo, Afflalo and Nelson. ``Their ability to post-up the basketball really changed the sequence of the game. It was LeBron imposing his will on the block and us having to react.’’

Nelson scored 17 points, handed out five assists and had five rebounds for the Magic. He also made four of nine 3-pointers to keep the Magic within striking distance early on.

Vucevic finished with just six points and only six rebounds, huge drop offs from the extraordinary numbers he posted against the Heat last season. He fouled out with 10:05 to play in the fourth quarter when Vaughn left him in the game as Orlando tried to mount a comeback.



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