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THE ORLANDO MAGIC WILL WIN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP.— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) December 5, 2018
Jonathan Isaac, elite NBA defender pic.twitter.com/5tF1bdmIhr— beyond the RK (@beyondtheRK) December 5, 2018
Leonardo Da Vinci would have painted Terrence Ross coming around a curl. Instead he settled for the Mona Lisa. #RossFacts— Orlando Magic Daily (@OMagicDaily) December 5, 2018
With their win tonight, the Magic improved to 12-12. This is the latest in a season they've been at least .500 since they carried a 20-20 record into Jan. 20, 2016.— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) December 5, 2018
Whiteside got benched for the entire 4th quarter so he decided to leave early pic.twitter.com/0SRtQNYobB— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 5, 2018
The Magic wrapped up their road trip with with a win in Miami, improving to .500. Our game recap and some highlights here.
ICYMI, the OPP crew held a roundtable to grade the Magic’s performance on the West Coast and discuss the positive and concerning takeaways.
Aaron Gordon’s 16 points in the third quarter sparked the Magic to a win over the Heat, writes Chris Hays of the Orlando Sentinel.
D.J. Augustin is motivated by his critics, Hays writes.
Mo Bamba is his own harshest critic, Hays writes.
Coming off a six-game road trip, and having played the league’s fifth toughest schedule, the 12-12 Magic are happy with where they stand, writes John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com.
One year after a health scare, Steve Clifford is full of energy, Denton writes.
The Magic defense limited Josh Richardson, shut down Hassan Whiteside in the third quarter, and allowed the Heat only five free throw attempts, writes Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com.
Aaron Gordon earned an A- for his performance against the Heat, but high mark of the night went to Jonathan Isaac with an A, in the nightly grades column by Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily.
The Magic’s MVP of the first quarter of the season has been Nikola Vucevic, Rossman-Reich writes.
After winning back-to-back games, the Heat collapsed in the third quarter of what was a disappointing loss to the Magic, writes Matt Pineda of Hot Hot Hoops.
After being bench for the fourth quarter against the Magic, Hassan Whiteside left the Heat bench with 40 seconds remaining in the game, writes David Wilson of the Miami Herald.
Nikola Vucevic is the hipster’s pick for MVP and may be more important to the Magic than any other player is to their team, writes Michael Pina of Vice Sports.
Mo Bamba is “stealing as much as he can” from Nikola Vucevic, writes Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report.
Mapping out a trade between the Knicks and Magic for Frank Ntilikina, courtesy of Wolkenbrod of Daily Knicks.
Some Nikola Vucevic trade proposals, courtesy of Brandon Robinson of Heavy.com.
Despite their record, the Memphis Tigers are making progress under Penny Hardaway, writes Mark Giannotto of the Memphis Commercial Appeal.