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Magic Put a Stop to Doncic’s Streak beat Mavericks 94-87

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The day was off to an ominous start with Hurricane Nicole quickly approaching Orlando. The game was moved up by 90 minutes and we were off to the start of the game. To make things even more interesting the Magic played without Paolo Banchero for the first time tonight due to an ankle sprain that occurred last night; however, Orlando came out on top with a 7-point win over the Mavericks.

The Mavericks’ defense was non-existent early on, as the Magic scored 22 of their 24 points in the paint. Turnovers kept Dallas in the game despite the horrible shooting, however after one period, the Mavericks led 28-24 despite shooting just 37% from the field.

Doncic finished with 24 points after shooting 9 for 29 overall and 2 for 11 from 3-point range breaking his 30pt streak. Despite being outrebounded 49-29, Spencer Dinwiddle scored 29 points for the Mavericks.

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Orlando held Luka Doncic under 30 points for the first time this season in a 94-87 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, as Franz Wagner scored 22 points. Despite recording 30 or more points in each of the Mavericks’ first nine games, Doncic finished with 24 points after shooting 9 for 29 overall and 2 for 11 from 3-point range. Despite being outrebounded 49-29, Spencer Dinwiddle scored 29 points for the Mavericks. Wendell Carter Jr. recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win for Orlando. Jalen Suggs contributed 12 points and seven boards.

“The great part about this team is they each step into a role,” Mosley said. “They know when their numbers are called, they’ll be ready. You saw that the other night with Mo Bamba. You see that with what Kevon has done being able to step in. With guys being out, other guys are going to step into that role and they do it willingly.”

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This Magic team is something different entirely and they proved that by beating the Mavericks without Paolo though he was missed. It seems he should make a quick return back to the game, hopefully by this Friday against the Suns.

The Breaks and Go

Seven rebounds were collected by Okeke, Bol Bol, and Jalen Suggs. The Magic hope that Banchero, leading all NBA rookies in scoring (23.5) and rebounds (8.3), will be out for just one game. Kevon Harris was sidelined with a rib contusion on his left side. Dallas led 34-24 early in the second quarter when Dinwiddie made a layup. In the final six minutes, Dallas led 83-82 after Dinwiddie scored, but the Magic rallied with eight consecutive points in a 3 1/2-minute span in which Doncic missed two free throws. With 56.7 seconds remaining, Wagner made two free throws and a jumper to give Orlando a 94-85 lead.

Orlando’s next game is against the Suns on Friday evening at the Amway Center.

 

 

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Orlando Magic Linked to Career 38.5 3PT Shooter Player

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Malik Beasley

The Orlando Magic are one of the teams expected to pursue Malik Beasley once he hits the free agency market this July.

The Magic, who have already been linked to several incoming free agents with respectable shooting acumen, are reportedly among the teams showing some level of interest in Beasley.

Other teams linked to the sweet-shooting veterans are the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.

“Houston has identified floor spacing and shooting as an area of need this offseason privately and publicly and have an interest in veteran sharpshooter Malik Beasley,” a source close to the situation told the New York Times.

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Beasley started 77 games for the Milwaukee Bucks this past season, converting 41.3 percent of his shots from 3-point distance. He’s a career 38.5 percent three-point shooter.

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Magic Have Interest in Sweet-Shooting Point Guard

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D'Angelo Russell

The Orlando Magic has reportedly shown interest in potential free agent guard D’Angelo Russell, the Athletic reported on Wednesday, May 21.

Russell, who can opt out of his $18.7 million player option with the Los Angeles Lakers, is expected to draw interest from teams looking to shore up their shooting in their backcourt.

The 28-year-old point guard averaged 18.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 32.7 minutes per game while shooting 45.6 FG% and 41.5 3PT% during the 2023-24 season.

His numbers dipped in the playoffs as he averaged 14.2 points on 38.4 FG% and 31.8 3PT% in the five-game series with the Denver Nuggets.

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The Magic direly need some reliable shooting in their lineup for next season after shooting 35.2% from deep in the regular-season.

Aside from Russell, the Magic are also rumored as a potential destination for Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson.

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Orlando Magic Linked to Big-Time Scorer in Free Agency

According to reputable NBA insider Ramona Shelburne, the Magic are one of the teams eyeing the service of NBA All-Star Paul George.

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Paul George

The offseason officially started for the Orlando Magic seconds after the final buzzer of their 94-106 Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. According to reputable NBA insider Ramona Shelburne, the Magic are one of the teams eyeing incoming free agent Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers.

“There’s two teams that are paying very close attention to Paul George: the Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers, because both of them have the money to throw at him and need a wing just like him, a veteran guy,” Shelburne said on “the Brian Windhorst & the Hoops Collective” podcast on May 1.

Sportrac projected the Magic to have a practical cap space of $19 million, but their maximum possible cap space could balloon to as high as $58 million if they forego their team options on Jonathan Isaac, Joe Ingles, and Moritz Wagner.

Despite turning 34 once the free agency window opens, George is expected to be a hot commodity on the market because of his reputation as a flat-out scorer and above-average wing defender. He’ll be looking for his final max-level deal of at least $45 million per year before he enters the twilight years of his career.

George averaged 22.6 points on 47.1 FG%, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game during the regular season with the Clippers. His scoring production dipped a bit during the six-game series against the Mavericks, putting up 19.5 points on 41.1 FG% and 36.7 3PT%.

NBA experts expect the Magic to bring over either a legitimate shooter or a scorer who will help address the lack of shooting on their roster. George, a career 38.5 3PT% shooter, would be a solid addition to a resurging team like the Magic.

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