Vuce­vic lauded by league for weekly per­for­mance

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Roy Parry [email protected]­lan dosen­tinel.com

Magic cen­ter Nikola Vuce­vic was named the East­ern Con­fer­ence Player of the Week on Mon­day for the pe­riod end­ing Nov. 17.

Vuce­vic av­er­aged 21.7 points, 14.0 re­bounds, 4.0 as­sists and 1.33 blocks per game to help the Magic go 3-0 in home games against the 76ers, Spurs and Wizards.

He posted sea­son-highs for points (30) and re­bounds (17) dur­ing Sun­day’s 125-121 vic­tory over the Wizards that ex­tended the Magic’s win­ning streak to three.

In fact, Vuce­vic’s 30-point, 17-re­bound, 6-as­sist game against the Wizards marked the fourth time in his Magic ca­reer that he recorded at least 30 points, 15 re­bounds and five as­sists in a game — the most in fran­chise his­tory. Vuce­vic had been tied with Shaquille O’Neal be­fore Sun­day’s per­for­mance.

In ad­di­tion to his stel­lar stat line, Vuce­vic also posted his best shoot­ing per­for­mance of the sea­son as he went 11-of-14 from the field (78.6%). Those num­bers in­cluded a 3-of-4 ef­fort from the 3-point line. The three 3-point­ers were a sea­son-high.

Sun­day’s game also marked Vuce­vic’s sev­enth straight dou­ble-dou­ble and his 10th over­all on the sea­son. He was third in the NBA last sea­son with 60 dou­ble-dou­bles.

Rock­ets guard James Har­den, the NBA’s lead­ing scorer, was named the Western Con­fer­ence Player of the Week.

Har­den posted games of 37, 47, 44 and 49 points as the Rock­ets beat the Pel­i­cans, Clippers, Pac­ers and

Tim­ber­wolves. Har­den, who was named the West’s Player of the Week last week, av­er­aged 44.8 points, 5.8 re­bounds and 6.8 as­sists per game. He also av­er­aged 16.0 fourth-quar­ter points on 58.6% shoot­ing for the week.

The Magic’s long­est-tenured player in his eighth sea­son with Or­lando, the 7-foot Vuce­vic now has earned East­ern Con­fer­ence Player of the Week hon­ors for the third time in his ca­reer.

The oth­ers were for the pe­ri­ods end­ing March 30, 2014, and Nov. 18, 2018. Last sea­son’s honor was part of a mem­o­rable year for Vuce­vic, who av­er­aged a ca­reer­high 20.8 points and 12.0 re­bounds and was a first-time NBA All-Star se­lec­tion.

For the sea­son, Vuce­vic is av­er­ag­ing 18.2 points, 12.1 re­bounds and 3.4 as­sists and 1.1 blocks per game. He leads the team in scor­ing and re­bound­ing. Vuce­vic and the Magic are com­ing off a 4-1 home­s­tand that saw them beat the Griz­zlies, 76ers, Spurs and Wizards.

Or­lando will be­gin a four-game road trip on Wed­nes­day at Sco­tia­bank Arena in Toronto. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on Fox Sports Florida as the Magic seek their first road win of the sea­son (0-4).

The Rap­tors beat the Magic 104-95 when the teams met for the first time this sea­son on Oct. 28 in Toronto.

The Magic will then travel to In­di­ana, Detroit and Cleveland to close out the road trip be­fore re­turn­ing home to face the Rap­tors on Nov. 29. The Magic will wear their new City Edi­tion uni­forms that night.

PHE­LAN M. EBENHACK/AP

Magic cen­ter av­er­aged 21.7 points, 14.0 re­bounds, 4.0 as­sists and 1.1 blocks and shot 54.2% from the field dur­ing wins over the 76ers, Spurs and Wizards.

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