Denton: Magic vs. Raptors Analysis (1/29/14)
The most jarring statistic to come from Wednesday’s game was this: With 6:37 left in the first half, Toronto had as many 3-pointers (11) as Orlando had total field goals (11). Yep, it was that kind of frustrating night for a struggling Magic team that lost all three games on its three-game road trip.
The Magic got a very promising effort from Vucevic, who scored 16 points on six of 12 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds in 20 minutes. Vucevic was back on the active roster after missing the past 12 games because of a concussion suffered on Jan. 6 in Los Angeles. Out more than three weeks, Vucevic was given full clearance from Magic and NBA-affiliated doctors to return. His minutes were monitored on Wednesday as he works himself fully back into shape.
``I felt pretty good, better than I thought I would,’’ Vucevic said. ``The first 2-3 minutes I just had to get my wind under me. And then the rest of the game I did better than I thought I would.’’
The Magic shot a dismal 33.3 percent from the floor and made only six of 19 3-pointers, while the Raptors connected on 42.5 percent of their shots and 14 of 31 3-pointers. Toronto’s all-star hopeful, Kyle Lowry, made 11 of 20 shots and five straight 3-pointers in the first quarter for 33 points and 11 assists. It was the first time in the guard’s eight-year NBA career that he’s scored 30 points in consecutive games.
``(Lowry) looked like an All-Star tonight,’’ Tobias Harris said. ``On pick-and-roll, he’s hard to guard and he shot the ball real well. They just picked us apart in the pick-and-roll.’’
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