NBA wrap: Magic put on stunning offensive performance, move up in playoff race

The Magic couldn’t be stopped in Friday’s 149-113 victory over the Hawks.

Orlando’s ridiculous offensive performance was fueled by three 25-point scorers.

Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier both contributed 25 points as starters. But Terrence Ross pitched in with a surprising 25 more from the bench and connected on six 3-pointers.

Trae Young and John Collins mustered 22 and 20 points respectively for Atlanta, but were simply outmatched from the start.

With the Magic’s victory, they moved to sixth in the Eastern Conference standings. Orlando is just a half game ahead of Detroit and Brooklyn in the playoff race. Things could get tight down the stretch as these teams battle it out for optimal postseason seeding.

Studs of the Night

Blake Griffin scored a game-high 45 points in the Pistons’ 123-110 loss to the Thunder.

Delon Wright posted a career-high 26 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists as Memphis took down Dallas 122-112.

Kemba Walker totaled 29 points in Charlotte’s 113-111 victory over Toronto.

Duds of the Night

Bojan Bogdanovic scored four points on 1-of-8 shooting as Indiana fell short to Boston 117-97.

Damyean Dotson managed seven points on 3-of-14 shooting in New York’s 120-96 blowout loss to Houston.


Portland’s Jake Layman elevated over Denver to finish strong with two hands at the rim.

Karl-Anthony Towns’ over-the-shoulder pass made for an easy Timberwolves finish.

What’s Next?

Nets (39-40) at Bucks (59-20) 5 p.m. ET — Brooklyn is tied with Detroit for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee has the top spot in the conference, so it could end up facing the Nets in the first round of the playoffs. This matchup could be a preview of a high-intensity postseason series.