Denton's Dish: The 5th Quarter (2/23/14)
Veteran point guard Jameer Nelson came into the game in an odd funk, having scoring in single digits in eight consecutive games. It wasn’t that Nelson was playing that poorly – he had 13 assists and no turnovers in Milwaukee earlier in the week – he just had become less assertive in the offense as rookie Victor Oladipo assumed more of the scoring duties.
Nelson’s struggles briefly kept him from moving up the Magic’s scoring charts. But when he drilled a 20-foot shot midway through Sunday’s second quarter, Nelson was finally fourth all-time in Magic annals in scoring. With his 8,020th point, Nelson moved just ahead of Shaquille O’Neal, who had 8,019 points in four seasons for the Magic.
Already the franchise’s all-time leader in assists, Nelson trails only Dwight Howard (11,435), Nick Anderson (10,650) and Tracy McGrady (8,298) on the team’s all-time scoring list. If Nelson is with the Magic next season for an unprecedented 11th season, he should pass McGrady on the scoring list and Anderson for first in most games played. Anderson played in a franchise record 692 games with the Magic, while Nelson played in his 636th game on Sunday night.
Nelson left the game briefly on Sunday after getting poked in the eye by Kyle Lowry. Nelson chose numbing drops in his eye over wearing goggles. And he proceeded to kid veteran power forward Jason Maxiell – a wearer of goggles – about needing glasses on the court.