Recap: Rockets 108, Magic 92

October 26, 2012

The Orlando Magic had a lot of bright spots during their 2012 NBA preseason. But arguably no player grasped the opportunity to put his skills on display better than DeQuan Jones.

The undrafted rookie out of the University of Miami completed a phenomenal exhibition stretch by firing off 16 points in Orlando’s loss to Houston on Friday.

“He’s done a good job of maximizing his skill-set and defensively we all have our challenges and he’s grown as a basketball player,” Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn explained. “He’s done a good job.”

With the team’s final cuts expected to come over the weekend, Jones did his best to make himself indispensable.

In eight games of action, with only three starts, D.J. averaged 10.4 points per game on 54.7 percent shooting from the floor.

“I just wanted to show them that this is where I belong and that I can play at this level,” Jones said.

The versatile swingman has gone from a relatively unknown commodity among fans, to a social sensation over night through his quality play and sensational slams.

The Magic faithful even took to Twitter on Friday night, playfully threatening to riot if he did not make the team.

“Absolutely,” said Jones when asked if he feeds of the fans’ energy. “Tonight was a perfect example, regardless of what the score was the fans were still into it and still cheering and that speaks volumes as to what type of fans the Orlando Magic have as an organization. I’m enjoying it and embracing it.”
"I am just happy to be back," said Ish Smith, who scored six points in his first game back from offseason shoulder surgery. "I'm blessed that the process was quicker than I thought it was going to be. It's been good, I just have to continue to get more practices in."
Statline of the night goes to Nikola Vucevic and Kyle O'Quinn, who combined to grab 24 rebounds on Friday night. Orlando outrebounded Houston 51-40 in the contest.
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