Denton: Magic at Bobcats Analysis (12/11/13)


By John Denton
Dec. 11, 2013

CHARLOTTE – The Orlando Magic travelled 4,107 miles of a 4,632-mile trip that covered six cities and 11 days, and they finally found the right combination on Wednesday night to salvage the marathon jaunt with a feel-good victory.

Orlando used the stirring return of center Nikola Vucevic, a strong finish from veteran point guard Jameer Nelson and some gritty defense on Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson to snap a six-game losing streak. Orlando placed a season-high seven players in double figures – and got a dazzling double-double from Vucevic – in Wednesday’s 92-83 defeat of the Charlotte Bobcats.

``Human nature, it would have been easy to let go of this game and want to just get home,’’ Nelson said. ``I’m happy it’s the last day of this trip because I want to see my family. The most important thing in my life is my family and I’ve been thinking about them all day, every day. But you’ve got to show resolve and be resilient and we did that.’’

The victory allowed Orlando (7-15) to win on the road for the second time this season. Nelson sealed the victory with a clutch 3-pointer with 1:06 remaining, a basket that caused Vucevic to pump his fist in delight.

The night mostly belonged to Vucevic, the 7-footer who returned after missing the previous four games with a sprained left ankle. He got the Magic off to a strong start with a stellar first half and finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds.


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