Feb 2, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; The Orlando Magic logo on a players shorts during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks won 107-98. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Defense sets tone in Magic’s win over Rockets


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. 

Joining Payton in double figures were Dewayne Dedmon, Kadeem Batts and Seth Curry, finishing with 11, 10, and 10 respectively. 

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. 


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  • Osceola71

    I thought the Magic looked pretty good in both games. I’m kind of excited about the Channing Frye signing, because I think it changes the team dynamic now, and gives Henny a little credibility that maybe he does have a plan after all.

    Side note: Anyone else sick to death of the whole FA catch-22 drama? You have a small group of “superstars” holding up the whole process because they’re competing to be MIFA (Most Important Free Agent).

    With Carmelo, it’s Melodrama II. With Lebron, it’s the whole process has to revolve around me again. Lebron won’t sign anywhere until he sees if the Heat can add supporting pieces to help him with another title. The supporting pieces won’t sign with the Heat until they see if Lebron signs first, because they want to ride him to a championship. Somebody has to blink first.

    • http://Prestointhepaint.com Zach Oliver

      They’ve really bought in on the defensive side of the ball so far. They had nice flow with the offense yesterday as well, but obviously take it all with a grain of salt since it’s Summer League. Nonetheless, it’s a great building block for the young guys going forward, and there’s reason to be excited about it.

      On Frye, I loved the signing. He’s just the perfect fit for what the team needs, and he’s going to be a great guy to have in the locker room as well. Haven’t heard a bad thing about him off the court either, which I’d imagine played a role in the signing as well.