Denton: Magic vs. Thunder Analysis (12/15/13)
Said Vucevic: ``A game like this shows that we can do it against a team like the Thunder, but we’ve got to be more consistent. We can’t have so many ups and downs and let them go up by 12 points because it’s really hard to come back against a team like that.’’
Nelson was locked in and orchestrated the Magic offense beautifully in the early going. He drilled a 3-pointer over Kendrick Perkins in the final seconds of the second quarter and he also had four assists in the opening half.
Oladipo opened the game alongside of Nelson in the backcourt and brought the ball up the floor on the game’s first possession. However, his pass was picked off by Westbrook, resulting in a dunk for the Thunder. It was a sign of trouble ahead as Oladipo turned the ball over four times in the first half.
But the prized No. 2 pick in last June’s NBA Draft did redeem himself with six points early on, four of them coming when he got to the free throw line six times early on with several hard drives to the rim.
Vaughn said Orlando’s small mistakes – such as missing free throws, turning the ball over too much and putting Durant and Westbrook on the foul line too much – cost his team what would have been a signature win.
Said Vaughn: ``When you play a high-powered, high-caliber team like this, your margin for error is small. We tie them on the boards, but we miss nine free throws. A few less turnovers and a few more made free throws, maybe it’s a different ball game. But that’s where we’ll continue to push forward and learn how important each possession is.’’
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