The Magic have played back-to-back games in Orlando, resulting in the team beating both the Boston Celtics and the Houston Rockets.

Boston Celtics

Saturday’s home game against the Celtics, was a game that the Magic barely won, with the final score being 105–103.

Following the end of the game, head coach Steve Clifford spoke with the press on how the team was able to win at home against Boston.

Clifford touched on how players that normally aren’t in the rotation have stepped up and helped contributed in ways that one wouldn’t notice when looking at the final box score. In addition, Clifford talked about how, even if the team is ahead by how many points – unless the Magic can maintain that lead – the opposing team will find a way to surpass that.

Clifford even expanded on how, regardless of whom the Magic beat during the season, if the players are not committed and plays are set up to where the players can successfully execute them, then there will be games the Magic will lose to teams they should’ve beaten.

“…But that’s been my message to them. That’s what I believe,” said Clifford. “You have to have a way that you play that will win in the NBA and takes maximum advantage of the strengths of your players. When we do that, we’re good.”

Houston

That mindset carried through to the following game. On Sunday against the Houston Rockets, Orlando won by a final score of 116–109.

During the postgame press conference, Clifford spoke about how the Magic’s performance this game was very consistent, as well as aggressive.

“A bunch of guys played really well. Aaron Gordon made a bunch of big plays, Vooch had some big baskets there; but obviously, I thought Evan [Fournier] and Wes [Iwundu], both on Harden did a phenomenal job,” said Clifford. “[Harden] had 38, and that’s one point under what he’s been averaging these last stretch of games. But it’s a really good win, though.”

Heading forward

There are two interesting things to take note of after the last two games. The leading scorer for the Magic was Aaron Gordon, scoring 28 points against the Celtics and 22 points against the Rockets. Nikola Vucevic lead the team in assists with five against Boston and six against Houston.

In addition, Vucevic made the most rebounds with 13 against Boston and nine against Houston.

The Magic will be flying to Detroit for their game Wednesday night at 7 p.m. followed by another two-game home stretch starting Friday against the Brooklyn Nets.

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My name is Jonathan David and I am from a small town called Green Cove Springs, located in northeast Florida. Originally from Miami, Florida, my family moved up north, as I was entering the fourth grade. Once we moved, I eventually started getting into sports a lot more. I did soccer, basketball and running and pole-vaulting; however, the main sport that I pretty much keep up with is, basketball, specifically the NBA. Although I’ll occasionally watch track and field if it’s on ESPN. There were many reasons why I got into basketball, besides it looking like fun, one reason was because I wanted to be like Bugs Bunny from Space Jam, not Michael Jordan, but Bugs Bunny, and while my dream of being an animated character hasn’t panned out, I still enjoy playing and watching the sport. My favorite NBA team is the Orlando Magic, and I’ve been a fan since Lebron was in Miami, so when they eventually get good, people can’t say I’m a bandwagon fan.
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Content Creator at Armchair Orlando Magic , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
My name is Jonathan David and I am from a small town called Green Cove Springs, located in northeast Florida. Originally from Miami, Florida, my family moved up north, as I was entering the fourth grade. Once we moved, I eventually started getting into sports a lot more. I did soccer, basketball and running and pole-vaulting; however, the main sport that I pretty much keep up with is, basketball, specifically the NBA. Although I’ll occasionally watch track and field if it’s on ESPN. There were many reasons why I got into basketball, besides it looking like fun, one reason was because I wanted to be like Bugs Bunny from Space Jam, not Michael Jordan, but Bugs Bunny, and while my dream of being an animated character hasn’t panned out, I still enjoy playing and watching the sport. My favorite NBA team is the Orlando Magic, and I’ve been a fan since Lebron was in Miami, so when they eventually get good, people can’t say I’m a bandwagon fan.
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