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Gordon’s Hot Start Sparks Magic to First Pre-Season Victory

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Aaron Gordon scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as he led the Orlando Magic past the shorthanded Dallas Mavericks by the score of 112-89.

“He’s had some great, great practices. He’s started to really strong in both preseason games and I’m very encouraged with his progress and development.” -Magic Head Coach Frank Vogel on Aaron Gordon so far in training camp

The Mavericks did not have the services of Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes, J.J Barea, Wesley Matthews, Devin Harris, Nerlens Noel and Josh McRoberts. That group of players along with head coach Rick Carlyle did not make the trip to Orlando after playing the previous night in Dallas. Not having a huge part of the core of the Mavericks affected the players that did travel.

Orlando held Dallas to 33% shooting and raced out an early lead because of Gordon’s hot start. Gordon scored 14 of the points in the opening quarter and used a 31-20 first quarter scoring advantage to put the game away early.

“There’s more to come. There is much, much more to come”- Magic Forward Aaron Gordon on his development

Nikola Vucevic scored 14 points and he hit 2 of the 3 three-point attempts to help the Magic in the game. Orlando, who went 5-32 from the three-point line in their opening preseason loss to Memphis, went 7-14 in the opening half and finished the game with 11. Vucevic, showed tremendous touch from deep as he was showing off he newly found three-point range. This could be a new development in his game this year as he becomes a more dangerous weapon in the Magic’s offense.

The Magic had seven guys in double figures and also got eight points from Evan Fournier and Bismack Biyombo.

Dallas was led by rookie Dennis Smith Jr. who has 13 points, but he struggled to get his shot going as the Magic defense, led by Jonathon Simmons, held the rookie to 4 for 13 shooting.

Orlando will play their next preseason game at home on Saturday night against the Miami Heat and will close out their three-game home preseason schedule against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Both games will begin at 7pm.

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Danny Thompson is a sports contributor for Florida National News. | info@floridanationalnews.com

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