Denton: Magic vs. Lakers Analysis (1/24/14)


Harris had plenty of help as all-star hopeful Arron Afflalo got back on track with 23 points and guards Jameer Nelson (22 points and six assists) and Victor Oladipo (15 points and 12 rebounds) kept the offense running smoothly. Oladipo had the highlight of the game when he shoveled a between-the-legs pass to Harris for a dunk as the Magic were scoring the final 14 points of the third quarter to break the game wide open.

``Because we made stops, that’s why we were able to get out on the break,’’ Oladipo said. ``We have to keep building on that (fast break) and make sure that our defense creates for our offense. When we help each other, jumping in passing lanes, digging for each other, it creates havoc and helps us get out on the break.’’

Orlando also got a third straight strong performance a second unit that includes Kyle O’Quinn (seven points, six rebounds and two blocks), Maurice Harkless (four points and four steals), Doron Lamb (five points) and E’Twaun Moore (four points). That group was on the floor in the fourth quarter when the Magic broke open a five-point game with a game-sealing run.

``I really wanted to see if they could do it consistently and they’re trying to prove themselves,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ``I think they enjoy playing for each other. They have a comfort level and it’s been good for us to get them into the game at a juncture where they can change the tempo and get it in our favor. Their pace is a good thing.’’


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