Denton: Magic vs. Pacers Analysis (2/9/14)

   

And what transpired on a stunning Sunday night might have been more impressive. The Pacers strutted into the game having won four in a row, seven of 10 and possessing the game’s best defense. But, on this night, the Magic simply blew their doors off in a 29-18 fourth quarter that revolved around gritty defense, selfless plays and trusting teamwork.

All of that is something that Vaughn and the Magic have been working to build brick-by-brick and day-by-day since training camp opened in October. They’re still very much a work in progress, but these kinds of victories are the fruits of trusting the process, said Vaughn.

``I think this is just the culmination of guys coming to work and being intent on trying to get better. Staying after practice, being in tune in practice and overall pulling for each other every single day,’’ an impassioned Vaughn said. ``There’s no secret to it. That’s what it boils down to and you just have to be committed to it.’’

Oladipo, Orlando’s prized No. 2 pick from last spring, was a fourth-quarter star for a second straight game. He scored 13 points in the fourth quarter to help the Magic (16-37) go from down 74-64 at the start of the fourth to up 88-81 with 5:24 to play.

``It starts with his energy and his enthusiasm for the game of basketball,’’ Vaughn said of the blossoming 21-year-old rookie. ``For a coach it’s extremely gratifying to be around. And it doesn’t change because he’s that way every day. And it’s infectious to his teammates. They want to play for him and with him. And I’m sure glad he’s got on a Magic uniform.’’

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