For the first time ever, and NBA team and Brazilian League team met up for a game in Brazil. A year after meeting in Orlando for a preseason matchup, the Orlando Magic and Brazilian side Flamengo met up to finish up the back end of a home-and-home. The game is the Magic's first of two this season outside of the continental United States, with their second matchup coming against the Toronto Raptors in January in London.
Coming off a victory on Tuesday night against their in-state rival Miami Heat, the Magic looked to continue building momentum as the season rapidly approaches. The Magic once again triumphed, pushing their preseason record to 4-2 with a convincing 90-73 victory.
Early on, the Magic looked stout, jumping out to a 13-2 lead early on, thanks to strong play from Victor Oladipo. The third year guard got the Magic out to a lead that reached as many as 16 in the quarter behind a pair of three-pointers, culminating in a team-high eight first quarter points. Orlando's defense swarmed early, forcing the reigning Brazilian league champions into nine first quarter turnovers, resulting in 15 Magic points.
In the second quarter, the Magic began to cool off some, shooting just 47.4 percent, after a blistering 61.1 percent first quarter shooting wise. The Magic's defense was also less productive, turning Flamengo over just twice. However, the Magic were able to stifle the hosts even more, holding them to a woeful 30 percent shooting quarter. Oladipo continued to lead all scorers, pushing his total up to 10 at the halftime break. Marcelo Machado led the way for Flamengo with nine in the opening 24 minutes.
Out of halftime, the Magic continued to put the throttle down on the hosts. Behind nine points in the quarter from Nikola Vucevic, Orlando saw their lead reach as many as 28 in the quarter, before finishing the quarter up 27. The Magic's defense continued to impress, holding the hosts to 20 percent shooting in the quarter. They did struggle on the boards, however, giving up four offensive rebounds leading to 10 of Flamengo's 17 points in the quarter.
Vucevic's strong quarter catapulted him up to a game-high 18 points, while Oladipo quietly raised his total to 13, to go along with nine rebounds. Despite being just 2-of-10 from the field, Marcus De Sousa led the way for Flamengo with 11 after three quarters.
Opening the fourth quarter, the Magic seemed flat, allowing Flamengo to open the quarter on an 8-to-1 run to get the game back under 20. The visitors answered, pushing the lead back to 20, ending any hope Flamengo had at making a real comeback. With the bench emptied, the Magic coasted to a 17 point victory.
Vucevic led all scorers, finishing with 18. Shabazz Napier, getting the start with both Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson out, finished the night with 14. Oladipo, who didn't play in the fourth quarter, finished with 13, while Evan Fournier finished the night with 10.
Machado led all Flamengo players, finishing with 17. De Sousa and Joao Batista finished the night with 13 a piece, with Jerome Meyinsse finishing with 12.