Recap: Magic 102, Nuggets 89

November 2, 2012

At the start of every season there are always a few things that will catch you by surprise.

However, it’s unusual for the same observation to catch you off guard each campaign.

But that’s exactly the case when it comes to Magic guard J.J. Redick taking his game to the next level.

Every time you think the shooting guard out of Duke has reached his ceiling, he finds new ways to improve.

Redick took the Nuggets to task, erupting for 21 points, six assists and four rebounds off the bench in Orlando’s 102-89 opening night triumph over Denver on Friday.

“He commanded attention, he’s a willing passer, but he can score the basketball for us also,” Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn said. “And that’s a good combination.”

It’s easy to find the source for Redick’s advancements; it falls back on his outstanding work ethic.

Few players – if any – in the league work harder than him at improving their body and game. He consistently stays after practice to go through additional shooting drills and often spends much of his offseason making strides in the weight room.

When it comes down to it, he’s the model example for any young player in the NBA, which is why he’s such a valuable asset to this Magic squad.

“He’s been great from day one,” Vaughn added. “His approach is so professional in practice. I enjoy just seeing him work out. I enjoy his approach every day. He’s one of the best since I’ve been around.”
"For me, you always want to do well for your coaches, for your team and your organization. Then you have a guy like Jacque. Anytime you put so much into the game of basketball as a player and as a coach, you have special moments like that. You want to cherish them and help them with those moments." Jameer Nelson on giving Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn the game ball.
Statline of the night goes to Glen "Big Baby" Davis, who scored 29 points on 13-for-25 shooting from the field, while also grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking two shots.
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