Coming into the game against the Brooklyn Nets, rookie Victor Oladipo was playing good solid basketball. After a stellar 19-point performance against the star-studded Nets, Oladipo has truly arrived.
The Magic took a close 41-38 lead into the locker room at half time, but instead of the Nets stepping up its game, it was the young Magic team that stepped on the gas peddle and drove away from the Nets in a 107-86 beat down.
The first half was a duel between Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic and Brooklyn’s Brooke Lopez. Both players took turns showcasing impressive offense in the post and draining beautiful mid-range jump shots. The advantage in the match up went to Vucevic who pulled off another double-double performance scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Lopez was able to out score Vucevic with 21 points, but struggled on the glass and only pulled in six rebounds for the Nets.
The Oladipo takeover did not occur until the start of the 4th quarter. In the 4th quarter, Oladipo scored six consecutive points, including a beautiful steal that led to an electrifying 360 dunk that sent the Amway Center buzzing. Oladipo stuffed the stat sheet with 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The key for the young Magic team was picking up the pace and turning the game into a track meet. The Magic wound up with 12 fast break points.
“We wanted to dictate what was going on and not let them dictate the pace,” Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn. #wewill
— Orlando Magic (@Orlando_Magic) November 4, 2013
Power forward Andrew Nicholson continues to have a fantastic sophomore season for the Magic. Nicholson pulled in his first double-double of the season accounting for 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The truly amazing thing about the Orlando Magic is the ball movement. The Magic have been able to move the ball from one side of the court to the other in a quick fashion, which caused confusion for the Nets defensively. The veteran Nets squad is a good defensive team, but they still gave up a lot of wide-open looks to Magic shooters. The Magic ended the game shooting 47 percent from the field.
Next up for the Magic will be the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday at home. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.