Recap: Magic 99, Warriors 85

December 14, 2012

It’s been mentioned here before, but bears repeating: this Magic season will ultimately be judged by the way they develop their young talent as much as it’s evaluated by wins and losses.

So, in terms of success, the Magic earned two victories on Friday.

Triumph No. 1 was their 99-85 home win over the Warriors.

Triumph No. 2 was the continued improvement of rookie Andrew Nicholson and Maurice Harkless.

“I believe in my guys,” Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn said. “And I’m going to continue to have confidence in them and try to put them in positions of success.”

Nicholson continued to display flashes of brilliance, notching career highs in rebounds (nine) and blocks (four) to go along with an extremely efficient 15-point night from the floor.

“Andrew is a very skilled offensive player and he’s got to continue to be aggressive,” Magic guard J.J. Redick explained.

After struggling to get into an offensive rhythm, Harkless bounced back against Golden State, scoring most of his seven points off baseline cuts to the rim.

“I just tried to play hard and be aggressive,” he said. “Whenever I saw my man turn his head, I tried to make a cut.”

His defensive presence continued to be a valuable asset as he tallied a career-best four rejections.

“I was just playing defense and I always try to block shots, I got them today,” Harkless explained.

And the Magic were much better off because of it.

"We made the simple play tonight, just old school, Mr. Naismith would be proud, penetrate and kick to an open guy and let him make a play, good things happen." - Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn
This Statline of the Night goes to Jameer Nelson and E'Twaun Moore. The Magic's point guard duo combined for 16 assists, while only committing a single turnover.
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