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Gordon’s Hot Start Elevates Magic to Second Win in a Row

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – In a game where both teams were playing on a back-to-back and a combined eight starters were out due to injury, Aaron Gordon put up 20 points as the Orlando Magic won their second game in the last twenty-four hours by the score of 105-100 over the Dallas Mavericks.

Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon (#00) sink all of his free throws against the Dallas Mavericks at the Amway Center Wednesday night, April 4, 2018. Photo by Willie David / Florida National News

Gordon shot 6 for 10 in the opening quarter, which is a sharp contrast to the last couple of games in which he has gotten off to a slow start. In the quarter, Gordon scored in a number of different ways, as he hit two three-pointers, had two slam dunks and was able to get to the free throw line and sink all of his free throws.

“Yeah it was an important night for him, he had a tough night, tough last couple of games really. You know, we’ve been talking one-on-one about getting him going and just taking the right shots and playing within himself more and letting the game come to him rather than forcing it and I think he did a great job with that tonight and as a result shot a high percentage.” – Magic Head Coach Frank Vogel on Aaron Gordon’s confidence shooting the basketball

In a game where the Magic decided to play some of their younger players extended minutes, Gordon only played 14 minutes over the final three quarters and didn’t see the floor in the final quarter. Neither did fellow starters D.J. Augustin and Bismack Biyombo. Biyombo, who started in place of Nikola Vucevic, had a double-double (12 points and 10 rebounds) and played one of his better games of the entire season.

Dallas didn’t not have the services of Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews (neither traveled with the team), Nerlens Noel (NBA suspension), Dwight Powell and Dennis Smith Jr. (rest due to playing last night). Then JJ Barea left the game at halftime (left oblique strain) as did Salah Meijri (injured during the third quarter), leaving the Mavericks with 8 healthy players for head coach Rick Carlisle to choose from.

“It’s supposed to be tough. It’s the NBA. It’s supposed to be tough, competitive. They’re in a similar boat. I thought our guys played very hard, and a lot of guys did a lot of good things.” – Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle on his team being shorthanded

Dallas Mavericks’ Jalen Jones (#21) scored 16 points and had 7 rebounds against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center, Wednesday night, April 4, 2018. Photo by Willie David / Florida National News

The Mavericks were led by Jalen Jones, who scored 16 points and had 7 rebounds off the bench and Kyle Collinsworth had 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in 35 minutes off the bench as well.

The Magic will attempt to win their 3rd game in a row on Friday night as All-Star guard Kemba Walker leads the Charlotte Hornets into town at 7pm.

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Danny Thompson is a sports contributor for Florida National News. |
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