Denton: Magic vs. Jazz Analysis (12/18/13)
Nelson had a chance to rescue the Magic when Orlando got the ball back with 10 seconds left and trailing by two points. Nelson easily got past rookie Trey Burke and into the lane, but he had to alter the height of his floater when the 6-foot-10, 258-pound Favors came over at the rim.
``I got the shot that I wanted and we executed well, but I just missed the shot,’’ said Nelson, who led the Magic with 17 points, but he made just five of 12 shots. ``I’ll take the same shot next time and try to make it. … I’ve been this height all my life. (Favors) made a play on the ball and I just missed the shot. It was a play that I’ve made probably a thousand times, but I just missed it. Sometimes it goes in, sometimes it doesn’t.’’
Orlando (8-18) was hoping to capitalize on the momentum from a stirring 83-82 win in Chicago on Monday. Also, the Magic were starting their longest stretch of home games of the season with the next six games being played at the Amway Center. But there would be no second straight victory or positive start to the home stand because of the wayward shooting without Afflalo.
``I think we got some good looks, but obviously we missed Arron,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ``We had good looks at the rim, but you’ve got to give their defense credit because they contested shots. But we got good looks most of the night.’’
Oladipo was facing off against Burke, a former college rival from Michigan who edged him out for the Wooden National Player of the Year and Big 10 Player of the Year awards. The Jazz rookie got the best of the matchup on Wednesday, hitting 12 of 20 shots and four of eight 3-pointers for a career-best 30 points. Meanwhile, Oladipo had a couple of in-close shots rim out and he was also bothered by the lengthy wingspan of 6-foot-8 guard Gordon Hayward (15 points, seven assists and six rebounds).
``I just missed shots that I normally make and they did a good job of protecting the paint,’’ Oladipo said.
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