Orlando Magic off to great NBA season start
November 2, 2017
Orlando (6-2) is tied with Boston for the best record in the NBA after defeating Memphis on Wednesday. Here are some highlights from the Magicís best start since 2009-10:
Orlando has scored its biggest victory ever against San Antonio (27 points; 114-87), snapped a 17-game losing streak to Cleveland and ended a nine-game skid at Memphis.
Coach Frank Vogelís team is rolling on offense. Since the 1995-96 season, the only teams to score as many points as the Magic through eight games (919) are the 2015-16 Warriors (919) and the 2017-18 Warriors (968).
Aaron Gordon ranks fourth in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage at 57.7 (15-of-26), part of his outstanding start (20.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg). He entered the season as a career 28.9 percent three-point shooter in three seasons.
Gordon scored 41 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in his second game of the season (Oct. 24) and Nikola Vucevic finished with 41 points and 12 rebounds in his second game (Oct. 20). They have already become the first Magic teammates to notch 40-and-10 games in the same season.
Evan Fournier (22.0 ppg) has scored at least 20 points in seven of eight games. The only players with more 20-point games this season are Houstonís James Harden (nine) and Golden Stateís Stephen Curry (eight).
Free-agent signing Jonathon Simmons leads the NBA in bench points with 126, an average of 15.8 per game. Simmons is four years removed from earning a spot with the Austin Spurs of the NBA G League after attending an open tryout.
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