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Orlando Magic Daily:
Arron Afflalo was somewhat reflective in his return to Denver on Wednesday. He told the reporters, including Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post, covering the game that playing for the Nuggets was his first opportunity to grow as a scorer and become a better player. In Detroit, he was a bit player on a good team relied on mostly for defense. In Denver, he needed to do more.
His scoring has increased each year of his career and his scoring per 36 minutes has increased each year too. Afflalo has grown and improved his offense each year. He is an emerging player in the league -- maybe not an All Star caliber player or anything like that -- but a reliable offensive player.
Except for his return to Denver though, Afflalo has been playing much better as he has gotten comfortable as the Magic's leading scorer this year.
Entering Wednesday's game, Afflalo was going through his best nine-game stretch of scoring for his career, averaging 22.0 points per game.
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LOS ANGELES -- The friendly confines of Staples Center had become extra chummy to the Los Angeles Clippers this season. Arron Afflalo may like it there even more. Afflalo tied a season high with 30 points and J.J. Redick nailed a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left as the Magic closed out a 104-101 win over Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. Orlando's win snapped...
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So when Redick gave pump fake to Barnes after coming around a screen at the top of the key, Barnes went flying, knowing he had to worry about the sharp shooter. Redick clamly dribbled to the side and pulled up for...
J.J. Redick is having a career-year for the Magic.
J.J. Redick gave Orlando its first lead on a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left, Arron Afflalo tied his season high with 30 points, and the Magic beat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-101 on Saturday to snap a 10-game skid.
The loss ended the Clippers' franchise-record 13-game, home-winning streak and provided them with a scare when All-Star guard Chris Paul went down holding his right...
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During the second quarter of Friday’s Oklahoma City Thunder-Los Angeles Lakers...
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To Smith's defense...
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Tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m. EST, the Magic will square off against the current number one team in the league, the Los Angeles Clippers. This will be the two teams' first meeting of the season. The Clippers are looking to extend their franchise-record home winning streak to 14, part of a larger winning streak that has culminated in 20 wins in just 22 games. On the other hand...
The great NBA Jeopardy! challenge has seen another player proclaim victory.Or, make that another Dukie.It all started when Miami forward Shane Battier said last November he could defeat any player in the NBA in Jeopardy! Then Milwaukee forward Mike Dunleavy, once Battiers teammate at Duke, said, I dont think he could beat me.Now, a guy who played for the Blue Devils after Battier...
Los Angeles, Calif.
(12-23) vs. (28-8)
Time/TV: 3:30 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Clippers by 12.5
Tickets: $1-$265 on Vivid Seats
Season Series: Today in Los Angeles; Feb. 6 in Orlando