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Magic, D.J.Augustin use big fourth quarter to get by Mavericks

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D.J. Augustin made his presence felt at the Amway Center on Saturday night. The veteran guard from Texas came up big in the fourth quarter as the Orlando Magic beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-87. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Magic trailed the Mavericks 69-66. Over the final 12 minutes, Orlando outscored their opponents from Texas, 31-18. Augustin played a huge role in the victory. In addition to his 18 points, he dished out six assists to account for 30…

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Magic get by shorthanded New Orleans 89-82

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When playing at home against a 2-9 team missing one of the NBA’s brightest stars, losing is not an option. Fortunately for the Orlando Magic, they took full advantage of the absence of Anthony Davis to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans 89-82 at the Amway Center Wednesday night. Davis missed the game due to a bruised quadriceps, forcing the Pelicans to find points from other places. With a lack of depth to begin with, that is not a formula for…

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Nikola Vucevic, Magic search for rhythm

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The shooting touch of one of the NBA’s best shooting centers is missing in action. The Orlando Magic’s reliable Nikola Vucevic is in a major slump. Over the last three games, he has made only five of 32 shots. He has scored only 10 points during that span, which also reveals he is not getting to the free throw line either. The word that comes up among Vucevic and his teammates is “rhythm.” He is struggling so mightily because he…

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NBA could learn from baseball draft

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On Monday, the Major League Baseball draft begins. The lives of hundreds of young amateur players and, hopefully, the fortunes of the major league clubs will improve. Among the four major sports, baseball’s draft ranks third behind football and basketball in order of media attention. Only hockey receives less. With the NBA Finals now underway, it is appropriate to point out how the league could learn a few things from baseball in the area of draft eligibility. The “one-and-done” legion of high school basketball…

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