Magic Musings: Orlando bounces back offensively but comes up short against Warriors
ORLANDO, Fla. — After being held to a season-low 74 points at Cleveland, the Orlando Magic were able to regain their collective shooting touch for a half Wednesday night.
But it seldom, if ever, is a good idea to get in a shootout with the Golden State Warriors.
The Magic saw Stephen Curry light them up for 25 points in the first half alone as the Warriors, coming off a win at Miami the night before, cruised to a 111-96 victory. Curry connected on his first six 3-point attempts on his way to a 28-point performance that helped the Warriors raise their record to 12-2.
Despite the return of Tobias Harris, who had missed the last two games with a strained right calf, the Magic were overmatched. It was a particularly rough night for Victor Oladipo, who missed 13 of his 17 shots and had more than he could handle trying to contain Curry.
Even with Klay Thompson failing to hit once, the Warriors were 11 of 21 from 3-point range through the first three quarters. They became the fourth opponent in the Magic’s last six games to hit at least 11 3-pointers.
Forward Kyle O’Quinn was on the Magic’s active list for the first time since spraining his left ankle in the season opener Oct. 28. He played the entire fourth quarter after the Magic were down 92-65 and had six points and seven rebounds.
Harris finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Magic’s final home appearance before going on a six-game road trip. They have already played 10 times away from home, tying them with the Chicago Bulls for the most road games this season.
Nikola Vucevic posted another double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds but was only 4 of 15 from the floor.
THE TURNING POINT
The Warriors went on a 29-14 run over the final nine minutes of the second quarter after the Magic had taken their only lead of the game at 38-36. Eleven of their points came from Curry, including a 3-pointer after he crossed over Oladipo with his dribble.
THE DIFFERENCE MAKER
Curry, who began the night fifth in the NBA in scoring with a 23.9-point average, followed up on his 40-point game against the Heat by going 9 of 13 from the floor in three quarters while also dishing out eight assists.
STAT OF THE GAME
The 65 points the Warriors had at halftime represented the highest-scoring half against the Magic this season.
Friday night at Indiana, 8 p.m.