The Orlando Magic played their final game of the decade on Monday night.
Overall, the decade was not a kind one for the Magic. After making the NBA Finals to close last decade, the Magic began this one with a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals, followed by two first-round exits and then six straight losing seasons.
Last season, the Magic won 22 of their final 31 games to snap the longest playoff drought in the Eastern Conference and win the Southeast Division. Although the decade was not particularly kind, there were some stellar moments and individual performances.
Here’s a look back at the top individual statistical effort for a Magic man for the categories: points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.
Points: Vince Carter, 48 vs. New Orleans Hornets on Feb. 8, 2010
Vince Carter spent less than two seasons and just 97 total games in Orlando Magic pinstripes, but he does own the franchise’s top scoring output for the decade. In a 123-117 win over the New Orleans Hornets midway through the 2009-10 season, Carter poured in 48 points on 19-for-27 shooting and 6-for-10 from deep. Carter scored 34 points in the second half as Orlando erased an early 17-point deficit. Carter scored 18 of the final 24 Magic points on the night.
Rebounds: Nikola Vucevic, 29 vs. Miami Heat on Dec. 31, 2012
The final game of the 2012 calendar season saw the young Orlando Magic give the eventual world champion Miami Heat all they wanted and that was thanks largely in part to a Herculean effort from center Nikola Vucevic. In a hard-fought 112-110 overtime loss, Vucevic finished with 20 points and 29 rebounds. His 11 offensive rebounds was more than any other player had total rebounds in the contest. The 29 boards remains a Magic record.
Assists: Hedo Turkoglu, 17 at Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 8, 2011
Known largely as a “point forward” during his time with the Orlando Magic, Hedo Turkoglu had the best assist game for an Orlando player during the decade in a 117-107 road victory over the Dallas Mavericks midway through the 2010-11 season. In what was his second stint with the Magic, Turkoglu had been acquired less than a month prior when he led the Orlando comeback. Turkoglu had five assists in the final quarter and the three-point play that ultimately put the Magic ahead for good. He also had a game-high five steals.
Blocks: Dwight Howard, 9 vs. Charlotte Bobcats in First Round of Playoffs on April 18, 2010
The top shot blocking effort for the Orlando Magic came in their first playoff game of the decade as Dwight Howard swatted nine shots in a 98-89 win over the Charlotte Bobcats in Game 1 of the first round of the 2010 Eastern Conference Playoffs. Howard also had the regular season-high for blocks during the decade with eight on multiple occasions.
Steals: Jonathan Isaac, 7 vs. Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 28, 2019
The highest steals total for the Orlando Magic during the 2010s came in the final road game of the decade. In Saturday night’s 111-100 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, forward Jonathan Isaac came away with seven steals. Originally, Isaac was credited with eight steals, which would have tied Nick Anderson’s franchise record set in 1991. A scoring change left Isaac to settle for the highest steals total since Jameer Nelson recorded seven in 2005.