By John Denton
February 23, 2013
ORLANDO – Maybe it was the dead legs from having played a tough game in Memphis a night earlier or the unfamiliarity from having to incorporate three new players – whatever the reason, the Orlando Magic were left to deal with another disappointing defeat on Saturday night.
In a scene that has become all too familiar – even with a host of new players in the fold on Saturday following Thursday’s trade deadline activity – Orlando played well for a half, but came unglued after the break in an ugly 118-94 loss to the well-rested Cleveland Cavaliers.
``I think it had a little bit to do with guys being tired (from Friday’s loss in Memphis) and they picked up their intensity defensively and we couldn’t match it,’’ Magic rookie Maurice Harkless said.
Orlando’s fifth straight loss ruined the Magic debuts for Beno Udrih, Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb, all of whom played together in the first half and had flashes of promise in the second half. They were acquired in the deal with Milwaukee for J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith.
Udrih, a NBA veteran and someone familiar to adjusting to new teams, finished with 10 points and seven assists in 27 minutes. Harris scored 14, grabbed six rebounds and swatted three shots, while Lamb failed to score in 10 minutes. Harris made five of his 10 shots and had a couple of impressive drives to the hoop in the second half.
``It was a little tough (being unfamiliar with his new teammates), but all of the guys embraced all of us new guys and tried to help us out and help us get better out there,’’ said Harris, a 6-foot-8 forward. ``I was surprised by the (trade) but I knew this was a better situation and a good situation for me to join a young nucleus on this team. I just wanted to go out there and play as hard as I could and make everything count.’’
Arron Afflalo, who played 44 minutes a night earlier in Memphis, led the Magic (15-41) with 16 points. Harkless chipped in 13 points, while DeQuan Jones had nine points and four thunderous dunks.
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