Playing in their second of five Orlando Summer League games, the Magic looked very impressive on Monday afternoon against the Houston Rockets, despite Victor Oladipo’s absence from the floor. The Magic won three of the four quarters en-route to a 87-69 victory.
After shaky games in their debuts with the team, first round pick Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton looked much more controlled and poised. Payton finished the game as the team’s leading scorer, finishing with 12 points to go along with nine assists and eight rebounds. Gordon on the other hand showed off his great rebounding ability, coupled with his willingness to play all over the court, finishing with nine points, and eight rebounds.
The Magic suffocated the Rockets defensively, forcing 14 turnovers, and holding them to 20 points or less in all four quarters. Orlando also out rebounded the Rockets by a considerable margin, winning the battle on the boards 47-to-31. Houston was also held to 32.4 percent from the field, and a poor 5-of-26 from three.
Houston was led in scoring by high flying point guard Nick Johnson, who finished with a game high 13 points. Fellow guard Chris Crawford joined Johnson in double-figures, finishing with 12 points on the afternoon.
Despite his absence from the floor, Oladipo was still on the bench cheering on and coaching up his young teammates. Multiple times Oladipo was heard yelling encouragement’s and helping words to his teammates, while also having some fun by blurting out “Ball Don’t Lie” when a member of the Rockets missed a free throw.
While the box score may not show it, a couple of other players played well on both ends for the Magic. Devyn Marble, despite shooting 1-of-9 from the field, showed off good basketball IQ on the fast break and on the defensive end. After struggling in the teams opening win against the Sixers on Saturday, big man Dewayne Dedmon looked much more into the flow of the game, altering shots on the defensive end, while having an impact on the offensive end and on the glass as well.
The Magic will return to action on Tuesday when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies at 3 PM. Houston will also play on Tuesday, taking the night cap against the Nerlens Noel led Philadelphia 76ers at 7 PM.