Mar 20, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns guard Elfrid Payton (2) smiles during practice before the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

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Game Five

Orlando Magic vs Detroit Pistons 

Final Score: Magic win 96-87

Starting Lineups 

Orlando: Elfird Payton, Seth Curry, Victor Oladipo, Devyn Marble and Aaron Gordon 

Detroit: Tony Mitchell, Brian Cook, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Ian Miller and Deandre Liggins 

Game Notes

  • Curry step back jumper to start the game for Magic
  • Elfrid Payton made a jumper! o/
  • 8-6 Pistons at the first timeout, 5:22 to go in first period
  • Josh Magette and Vernon Macklin checking in – two of three Magic bench players, Kendrick Perry the other 
  • Oladipo wakes us up with a blow by for a dunk 
  • Magic using quick subs with only eight players
  • Three point guard lineups are prominent
  • Nice take from Kendrick Perry
  • Magic lead 23-20 after one period
  • Magic shot 57 percent in the opening quarter 
  • Aaron Gordon’s free throw shot needs work, it’s not pretty
  • Elfird made another jumper! *o/*
  • Payton looking for more of his own offense, while still getting teammates involved 
  • Tony Mitchell following an illegal screen “Way to flop Vic, way to flop Vic.” 
  • Magic offense with good flow, taking good, smart shots. Up 44-36 at 2:58 mark timeout
  • Kendrick Perry may be small, but he’s not afraid to attack
  • Magic up 52-43 at halftime 
  • Payton leads all scorers with 13 at the half
  • Aaron Gordon… Still can’t hit a shot
  • Payton throws a lob to Gordon and he finishes, somehow. Magic up 58-45
  • Nice sequence on defense for the Magic, even with Detroit grabbing offensive rebounds
  • Trying to get Gordon more involved in the third quarter
  • Magic balloon lead to 18 with 5:08 left in the third 
  • Oladipo-Gordon-Payton trio working extremely well; look comfortable together
  • Despite missed jumpers, best Gordon has looked all week offensively 
  • Magic have the game in hand, leading 78-54 with 2:46 left, timeout
  • Solid third quarter overall; push lead to 82-62 after three
  • Vic turnover, 
  • Pistons cut lead to 12 with 6 minutes left
  • Magic very sloppy on offensive end
  • Victor Oladipo believes he can fly 
  • Caldwell-Pope has had enough of this, he ran out the gym trying to get a loose ball
  • Magic might hold on even though they couldn’t offense in the fourth quarter
  • Good off ball cut from Oladipo for an and-1 attempt
  • Magic hold on somehow

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Magic looked pretty good for such an early tip, and a quick turnaround, finishing Thursday’s game some 13 hours before the start of today’s bout. While they struggled immensely in the fourth quarter, their strong third quarter showed just how good some of their young guys can be. Elfrid Payton showed off more facets of his game other than his great playmaking ability, finishing with 18 points, eight assists four rebounds and four steals. 

Aaron Gordon also showed off a side he didn’t previously, not just settling for jumpers but being much more confident with his driving ability. Victor Oladipo just looked good overall. He plays with such heart, and when he gets a more consistent jumper, ooh baby. 

I think when we take a step back and look at the week as a whole, the Magic have to be extremely happy with how their players looked. They’ve got a group of young players who have their heads on their shoulders right and have a ton of room to grow. The future is bright in Orlando, and this week showed us just part of the reason why. 


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