Denton: Magic vs. Warriors Analysis (12/31/13)


Golden State (20-13) shot better than 55 percent for three quarters of the game before turning to its bench in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, a Magic team that was coming off a season-high 30 assists on Sunday failed to crack 40 percent from the floor all night and ended up at 38.2 percent.

``They just outplayed and we couldn’t even match their intensity,’’ said Magic forward Glen ``Big Baby’’ Davis. ``They just did some things that we couldn’t handle. Defensively, I don’t think we took the challenge. They’re a powerful offensive team and we just got outmanned.’’

Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo entered the game on one of the best runs of his seven-year NBA career and could have been poised to equal some NBA history. In each of his previous five games, Afflalo had scored at least 20 points while also shooting at least 50 percent from the floor and 3-point range. Only Larry Bird and Detlef Schrempf had put together a better run than that, doing it six games apiece in 1986 and 1995 respectively.

Afflalo’s efficiency streak came to an end of Tuesday as he finished with 15 points on seven of 18 shooting. He also didn’t have a 3-pointer, missing all four of his tries. He sat out much of the fourth quarter because of the one-sided score.

``It’s part of getting better and part of developing and something that I can’t make excuses about,’’ Afflalo said of the extra defensive attention focused on him. ``I’ve got to be careful with my shot selection and make sure that I am taking great shots and continuing to pass to my teammates when they are open. That will make the game easier for me.’’


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