Magic white cruises against Hornets
The Orlando Magic White team kicked off their Summer League performance with a 79-74 win over the Charlotte Hornets. It was a defense-heavy performance by the Magic, who forced 9 turnovers during the first half.
The Magic offense, which had five players score over 10 points, remained balanced throughout. The unselfish attack led to no breakout performances, just good ball movement – seven of the nine players recorded an assist.
The Magic got out to a 41-31 lead at the half and cruised through the remainder of the game, keeping at least a 10-point cushion until the final minutes. This lead appeared safe until a late rally by the Hornets cut the lead from nine to five in the final 42 seconds.
Shooting guard Kevin Murphy led all Magic players in scoring for most of the game, but it was forward center Arinze Onuaku that had the largest impact.
Onuaku, who led the team with 16 points and eight rebounds, was a crucial rim protector for White.
"Being a big physical guy that can rebound, finish, and also defend the rim," said the three-time D-League All-Star when asked about his strengths. Onuaku has played for nine teams since going undrafted in 2010, and is trying to earn his spot on an NBA roster. "When they called me in, I knew what it was about. Good thing I have a coach that’s familiar with me, that knows my game, and he told me early that we’re gonna play through me, make each other look good, and play together."
The 6’9" center made up for his lack of height against seven-footer Mike Tobey with physicality and aggressiveness – dominating the boards while he was on the floor.
Another standout was argentine swingman Patricio Garino.
Garino rarely came off the floor, playing a heavy 29 minutes and affecting play on both sides of the ball. The three-time Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team member was active on defense, contesting shooters and contributing to the Hornets’ 22 percent from beyond the arc. This culminated in a perfectly timed block that sent the Magic bench to their feet and changed the tide of the game.
The Magic White will next take the floor against Dallas at 1 P.M. on Monday.
Magic blue struggle against Pacers
Headlined by second round picks Devyn Marble, Tyler Harvey and Stephen Zimmerman, the Orlando Magic's blue team looked to join the white team in the win column. Taking on the Indiana Pacers, the Blue side had less success, getting crushed 93-66.
From the start, the Magic showed a want to play with pace, pushing the ball up the court possession after possession. Their inability to get stops, however, proved costly, with the Pacers taking control of the game late in the first quarter, and never looking back.
Devyn Marble led all scorers for Orlando blue, finishing with 12 on the afternoon. In his pro debut Zimmerman finished with seven points and four rebounds.
After cutting the Pacers lead down to seven in the second quarter, Joe Young took over, knocking down a set of triples to suddenly help push the Indiana lead to 20. Young finished the night with a game-high 22. Former Iowa State star Georges Niang scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as well for the Pacers.
Zimmerman admitted that he didn't think about the fact that it was his first game until after the fact when someone asked him about it. Nonetheless, the 19-year-olds pro debut showed some of the signs of why the Magic wanted him in the draft.
The UNLV product showed off solid footwork, as well as a soft touch passing the ball. He's going to have to add weight to his rail thin frame if he wants to stick in the league and have success doing so.
The Magic's blue team next plays on Monday at 3:00 PM against Detroit.