Vucevic is still a dominant rebounder, ranking fifth in the NBA in boards at 11.4 a game. He already has six double-doubles and his 30-point, 21-rebound effort against the Los Angeles Clippers was the fifth game of his career with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds.

Where Vucevic, 23, differs greatly from last season is his ability to now score from the post. He has boosted his scoring average from 13.1 points per game last season to 15.8 points this season by becoming a drastically better back-to-the-basket player. He’s become such a threat down low that more teams are double-teaming him on the blocking – leading to him averaging a career-best 2.9 assists a game.

``I’m a lot more comfortable, but it’s taken a lot of work and repetition and doing things over and over and not thinking about making mistakes,’’ Vucevic said of his low-post play. ``When I get out there I try to go to work and try to make the right play, whether that’s a pass or trying to score or whatever. Now, I don’t think about it and I just go to work.’’

``Sometimes the game kind of unveils itself and (Vucevic) was able to use his effectiveness of getting up and down the floor and really going after every rebound,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said of his center’s strong play against the Heat last season. ``Sometimes lineups give credence to that and him sometimes being the only big on the floor. Different variable fit into it, but he had a good matchup against Miami.’’

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