After opening their eight game preseason slate with three road games, the Orlando Magic returned home to face Brazilian league champions Flamengo on Wednesday night. The Magic improved their preseason record to 3-1 with a 106-88 victory at home.
Unlike their previous two games in Indiana and Charlotte, the Magic were able to get off to a quick start, leading for much of the first quarter. Veteran guard Willie Green made his first appearance of the preseason, scoring six of his 11 points in the opening quarter. The Magic were effective attacking the basket, scoring 22 of their 34 opening quarter points in the painted area.
After a strong opening quarter, the Magic saw Flamengo find their groove again late, cutting the Magic's lead to 55-49 going into the halftime break. The Magic weren't as successful in the paint in the second quarter, making just five of their 13 attempts, compared to 11-of-16 in the first. Nikola Vucevic lead all Magic men in scoring with 13, while Marcelinho Machado scored 15 for the Brazilian side.
Coming out of halftime, the two swapped baskets early, before Orlando was able to begin stretching the lead out more thanks to continued strong play from Nik Vucevic on both ends of the floor. Despite being outscored 16-6 in the paint, the Magic were able to extend their lead back up to 12, 84-72, thanks to seven point quarters from both Vucevic and Luke Ridnour.
Heading into the final 12 minutes of action, all the Magic had to do was hold on. The Magic were able to increase their lead to as many as 21 before the final buzzer.
Vucevic lead all Magic men, finishing with 20 points and 11 rebounds en route to his first double-double of the preseason. Rookie Aaron Gordon followed closely, finishing with 15 on the night. Tobias Harris scored 14, with Ridnour and Green finishing with 11 each. Andrew Nicholson rounded out the Magic men in double figures, finishing with 10 on the night.
Flamengo was lead by Machado, who tied Vucevic with a game high 20 points. Nicolas Laporovittola scored 15, while Jerome Meyinsse finished with 13. Olivinha was the final Flamengo member in double figures, finishing with 11.