Rarely this season, the Amway Center had vibrated as much as last night! Since the All-Star Break, the Magic has offered great things, and tonight, Jamahl Mosley’s men dominated like the Wolves, who remained on six straight wins. Since the return of the All-Star Game, Orlando has posted a record of 5 wins for 3 losses, and the rookie coach paid tribute to the public.
“The fans really wanted this game… They pushed us forward and pushed us after the first quarter. There was a little click and they helped us achieve it. They have been fantastic in this series of home matches explains Mosley.
« The most important thing is to make sure you have fun »
On the floor, several young people stood out, starting with Markelle Fultz. His playing time remains limited, but every time he comes in, he does some really good things. This night, he made the difference at the end of the 3rd quarter and at the start of the 4th to finish with 14 points, 7 assists in 18 minutes.
« The most important thing is to make sure you have fun » reacted the former first choice of the Draft. “We are all competitors and we all want to win. We’re all going to do whatever it takes, but the most important thing is to get out there and have fun. I think that showed tonight in everyone playing freely and believing in each other and the work we put in. It happened tonight. »
This pleasure, we find it in defense with a lot of movement and energy. The Magic have a very good defense, and under the panels, Mo Bamba and Wendell Carter Jr are more and more complementary, and tonight, the two sign a double-double with 20 points and more each. This is a first for both of them, and a first since 2018 for Magic interiors.
“It was more or less the perfect match to work on and show the team we want to become”
“Since high school, I know I can play with Wendell. In the NBA, it’s very different. You have to take more into account the spacing of the game. It’s more physical » recalls Bamba. “You have to more or less relearn everything, but it’s good to see us hand to hand, or to see who opens up towards the circle or who comes out wide. I think both of us are doing a very good job in defence. »
What the figures actually confirm since the Magic has the best defense in the NBA since the return of the All-Star Game. Tonight, they limit Wolves to 110 points, and that’s Minnesota’s lowest point total since Feb. 25.
“I think we showed a certain level of progress tonight” continues Bamba. “It was more or less the perfect match to work on and show the team we want to become. We took the lead, we were behind, there were ties, but we hung on. We kind of did everything we needed to win. »
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