Denton: Magic vs. Jazz Analysis (12/18/13)

   

But Harris suffered a high ankle sprain on Oct. 20, a serious injury that kept him out of action the next eight weeks. When he returned last week, Harris’ rhythm was missing and his shot was mostly offline. In his three games prior to Wednesday night, Harris had made just 10 of 31 shots and only one of 11 3-pointers.

On Wednesday, he was much more active and aggressive. He made five of 14 shots, but he didn’t score or grab a rebound in the fourth quarter. Afterward, he admitted to tiring late in the game.

``With Arron out, I knew we needed more scoring and energy to pick us up so that’s what I tried to bring,’’ Harris said. ``I know my team is going to need my energy and my hustle. It’s a tough loss, but we have to bounce back and be ready for the next game.’’

Trailing by 10 at the half, Orlando opened the second half with a much more aggressive tone. Three baskets by Glen Davis, two 3-pointers from Nelson and five free throws helped the Magic surge into the lead at 56-55.

But Orlando went cold again late in the third period and trailed 68-62 heading into the final quarter. Through three quarters, Orlando had made just 31 percent of its shots and Oladipo had missed 10 of 11 tries.

``I thought we picked up (the energy level) a little too late in the second half,’’ Harris said. ``If we had the type of effort from the second half in the first half it would have been our game from the jump. Going into the next game we have to know that and bring that (energy) from the beginning of the game.’’

The Magic greatly missed the consistent jump shooting abilities of Afflalo in the first half when they shot a forgettable 32.6 percent from the floor. The shooting woes combined with their inability to get stops in transition led to Orlando falling into a 49-39 halftime hole.

Burke got the best of the Magic’s prized rookie from the start. Burke, who worked out with the Magic before the draft and struggled through Summer League in Orlando in July, shot the ball with confidence early on, made three 3-pointers and scored 16 first-half points.

Oladipo came into the game with just one turnover in the last 83 minutes of game action – a streak that dated back to the second quarter of Sunday’s loss in Oklahoma City. However, he had two turnovers in the first quarter and missed five of his six shots early on. Oladipo did have a highlight-worthy play when he chased down Burke and swatted his left-handed rebound into the stands.

``You can have as many stops as you want, but if the ball doesn’t go in, it just doesn’t go in. You just have to keep shooting,’’ Oladipo said. ``That’s what I was doing, but it didn’t go in so onto the next day.’’

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