The Magic White continued their winning ways, as well as their selfless brand of basketball on Wednesday with a 95-90 win against the New York Knicks. The White won three quarters, which gave them a point apiece as well as four for the the win. This puts them in third place behind Miami and Detroit before their final game on Thursday.
It was a chippy one from the onset, with the Knicks recording 36 fouls and the White having 21. "...That's kinda who we are," said White assistant coach Nate Babcock "We're not pretty, we're going to keep it pretty scrappy." The White also forced 25 turnovers.
This one was a bit more top heavy, as former VCU forward Treveon Graham had 16 points through three quarters and paced the team throughout. It was a bit of a breakout game for Graham, who had heated up late to close out the White's previous two contests. He finished with a team-high 19 points as well as three steals, three rebounds, and three assists. The two-time first team All-Atlantic 10 selection split last season between two D-League teams.
Graham said that the Summer League was his opportunity to show his unselfishness. "Just playing hard, showing that I can be a great teammate, where its scoring, playing defense, or passing," he said.
It was a very different story for the normally consistent Kevin Murphy, who failed to score in just under 15 minutes of action. Although he had been the driving force behind the smooth-running offense for the previous two games, he found himself on the bench when the starters returned in the fourth quarter.
In the first quarter, it was the Patricio Garino show, as the Argentine sharpshooter led all scorers with 10 points. From there his game would cool down tremendously, as he finished 3-of-8 from the field. Despite the inconsistent shot, he led the team in plus/minus for most of the game, which speaks to all the little things that he does right – particularly on defense.
"I was kinda hot at the beginning, making a couple threes, a couple plays", said Garino, "but that's not my major interest, I thought my mindset was always on the defensive end".
Arinze Onuaku had a field day while matched up with former Duke center Marshall Pumlee. As has been his trademark, Onuaku bullied the larger defender for 16 points, a game-high 13 rebounds an a pair of blocked shots. This bumped the former Syracuse player to second in rebounds Summer League-wide with 10 a game.
The Orlando Magic White will finish regulation play tomorrow as they take the floor against the Los Angeles Clippers at 3 P.M.