The learning process continued for Arron Afflalo and the Orlando Magic this weekend and through a pair of games against the Brooklyn Nets this weekend they showed they can come along way in a short time.
Following a 39-point loss to the Nets in Orlando on Friday, the two teams matched up again in Brooklyn on Sunday and things looked bleak early as the Nets led by 20 early in the second quarter.
But the Magic battled back and outplayed the Nets down the stretch to nearly stage a comeback win. Arron scored 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished five assists, but Orlando came up short in an 82-74 loss.
Arron Afflalo is a damn good player. Having a good start to the year in his increased role on the Magic.
— Gilbert Gil (@gilarddd) November 11, 2012
Though the Magic dropped their fourth consecutive game, No. 4 was encouraged by the effort his teammates put forth in Sunday’s comeback.
"We fought hard and continue to learn," AA said. "It's only game six. We'll hopefully figure out what it takes from the beginning of the game until the end of the game."
Sunday’s lineup featured a major adjustment for the Magic. Following the rough loss on Friday, coach Jacque Vaughn chose to start Arron at small forward while J.J. Redick started at the two-guard.
AA stayed on the court for over 40 minutes for the first time this season and shot 7-for-16 from the field, providing the steadiest hands on the court as the Magic shot just 36.1-percent on the night. No. 4 also went 5-for-5 from the charity stripe and still has not missed a free throw since the first game of the season.
Arron Afflalo has the 7th highest FT% in the league with 93.8% on the season.
— Magic Max (@OrlandoMagic_89) November 12, 2012
Afterward Arron talked about the team’s progress, but wouldn’t claim any moral victories. Instead he noted that the Magic must continue to grow and get to the point where they’re not fighting to say they got back in the game, but to finish and win.
"There's been a few instances this year - and it's still early, where we've fought hard," he said. "But now we have to kind of put it together. It's one thing to fight hard, but you've got to fight for the win too."
The Magic outscored the Nets 57-47 in the final three quarters of Sunday's game as they battled back from behind on the road, but it wasn't enough to overcome the huge deficit they faced early.
"Growth is occurring and that's the good thing," Vaughn said. "We did get better today."
The Magic return home to the Amway Center in Orlando for their next contest and will host the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen on Fox Sports Florida.
- Orlando Magic lose 4th straight, falling 82-74 to the Brooklyn Nets (Orlando Sentinel, November 11, 2012)
- Nets hold on, finish home-and-home sweep of Magic (Yahoo! Sports, November 11, 2012)
- Denton’s Dish: Sunday, November 11 (OrlandoMagic.com, November 11, 2012)