Denton's Dish: The 5th Quarter (3/18/14)

Victor Oladipo

By John Denton
March 18, 2014

OAKLAND – Golden State broke open a close game early in the third quarter with an 18-0 run and cruised to a 103-89 defeat of the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

Here are five takeaways from Orlando’s game at Oracle Arena:

TURNING POINT OF THE GAME: With the Magic within six points of the Warriors early in the second half, Golden State ripped off 18 straight points to break the game wide open. Steph Curry (23 points) and Klay Thompson (20 points) accounted for 16 of the 18 points and drilled all four of their 3-point tries.

Golden State’s spree turned a six-point game into a 24-point deficit for the Magic. Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn tried to stop the run by calling two timeouts and inserting two substitutes, but nothing worked once the Warriors got hot.

``It all starts with Curry and Thompson and their ability to shoot the basketball,’’ Vaughn said. ``It makes it tough to defend the roll to the bucket as well. They do a good job of playing with each other and passing the basketball. I give credit to our guys though because we came to play and did some good things.’’

During one particularly frustrating moment in the game-turning run, Magic guard Arron Afflalo was left alone on the left side with Curry in the corner and Thompson on the wing. Afflalo tried bouncing back and forth before Thompson fed Curry for the three that put the Warriors up 75-51.

``You would prefer to probably give up that high quad three (to Thompson), but Klay had hit a few in a row,’’ said Afflalo, who had four points in 22 minutes. ``Curry was standing in the corner and I tried to play a little cat and mouse. Obviously it didn’t work because those guys can really shoot.’’

ODD MOMENT Vaughn is known for being patient and even-tempered along the sidelines, but he got extremely hot in the third quarter at the official scorer’s table.

When the clock operator failed to blow the horn so that Magic center Nikola Vucevic could enter the game, Vaughn was irate and yelling at the worker’s along press row. The 7-foot Vucevic was seated on the floor to enter the game, but didn’t get in when the clock operator failed to stop the game with the horn.

Vaughn continued to vent about the error well into the next timeout, discussing the matter with referee Scott Wall.

Said Vaughn after the game: ``I’m not sure what happened with my friend the scorekeeper.’’

QUOTABLE: ``They’re very tough, especially once they start making shots. Obviously they are a very good shooting team. They were in transition and we weren’t running back and we were giving them good looks. And once they got it going, it was tough for us to really do anything about it. – Magic center Nikola Vucevic said of the Warriors

KEY STAT: Golden State was without center Andrew Bogut and defensive ace Andre Iguodala, but it still outrebounded the Magic 44-40. The Warriors had nine offensive rebounds, boards that they converted into 11 second-chance points. University of Florida products David Lee and Marreese Speights combined for five offensive boards.

Remarkably, Orlando is now 0-33 when getting outrebounded. Vucevic, Orlando’s best rebounder for the past two seasons, grabbed only five rebounds (two offensive boards) in 22 minutes.

DEDMON DELIVERS: Golden State’s big third-quarter run turned the game into a rout, allowing the Magic to get an extended look at rookie center Dewayne Dedmon in the third quarter. Orlando signed the 7-foot, 255-pound Dedmon to a contract for the rest of the season on Monday following two 10-day stints.

In 12 minutes on the floor, Dedmon had two points, three rebounds and two fouls. Orlando is hoping that he can become a rim protector what with his ability to swat shots from the weakside and hold his own in the post one-on-one.

``I’m just trying to go in and play hard. I patent myself after being a person, no matter how much time I get, I’m going to do my best and play hard,’’ Dedmon said. ``It shows that I have the ability to play at this level. It took me a minute to get comfortable once I got in there. But once I calmed down, it was easy to get in the flow.’’

Dedmon has spent time with the Warriors, 76ers and Magic this season in between stints in the NBA D-League. He’s happy he will be with the Magic the rest of the season and he sees himself thriving in Orlando’s system.

``I had two 10-days so that kind of let me get in the flow of things, get the hang of these dudes and learn some of the plays,’’ Dedmon said. ``We’ve got a few games left for me to get fully acclimated. I made a pretty good living in the D-League being a weakside shot-blocker and getting rebounds. So that’s my style of play.’’