Recap: Magic 90, Pistons 74

November 21, 2012

In many ways, the Magic’s success this season will be defined not only by wins and losses, but by the development of their young players as well.

On Wednesday, Orlando received an early Thanksgiving treat by not only dominating Detroit, but also getting quality contributions from their rookies.

Magic forward Andrew Nicholson put together his most successful outing out of his short NBA career, notching a season-best 15 points to go along with four rebounds.

“He’s continued to gain trust from the coaching staff,” Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn explained. “He’s been great. His ability to continue to learn and play with a maturity; he’s got a good ceiling ahead of him and I’m happy to be a part of trying to help him get there.”

The four-year college player out of St. Bonaventure displayed a plethora of offensive moves, ranging from smooth outside jumpers to well-timed attacks at the rim.

"I'm pretty comfortable; I'm still learning the game and still working hard," Nicholson explained. "The vets are helping me a lot."

Fellow rookie Maurice Harkless also had bright spots in the contest. Receiving the start at small forward, the No. 15 overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, finished with seven points, including a fine finish at the rack that helped jumpstart a 21-0 Magic third-quarter run.

“I’m going to put him in positions where I think he can achieve success,” Vaughn said. “ And I think tonight was a pretty good effort from him.”

It was also a step in the right direction for the franchise as well.

"I remember us being up six, eight, ten, and it was kind of weird there, pushing to 20 the way that we did. It might have been a little frustration on their part; they missed a lot of easy shots, a lot of shots around the basket. That's basketball; it happens sometimes." - Magic guard Arron Afflalo on the Magic's 21-0 third-quarter run.
This Statline of the Night goes to the Orlando Magic's third quarter. The team started the period on a 21-0 run, holding Detroit 10 minutes and one second without a field goal. In the process, Orlando tied its franchise mark for fewest points ever allowed in a third quarter with eight by Pistons.
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