Nikola Vucevic joins Shaquille O’Neal, Tracy McGrady, Dwight Howard for impressive Magic feat
Orlando Magic superstar Nikola Vucevic is silently having himself a monster season. Behind another huge performance on Sunday against the Detroit Pistons, Vucevic just became the fourth player in franchise history to tally 35 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in a single game.
The last player to it was Dwight Howard back in March 2012 (via ESPN Stats & Info).
Nikola Vucevic is the fourth player in Magic history with at least 35 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks in a single game, joining Shaquille O'Neal, Dwight Howard and Tracy McGrady.
Howard recorded the last such game in March 2012. pic.twitter.com/bHH4HJAsMd
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 22, 2021
Nikola Vucevic ended the evening with 37 points, 12 rebounds and two swats. It was Vuc’s seventh 30-point game of the season, and it comes just two days after his triple-double performance against the Golden State Warriors.
The Montenegrin has been low-key dominating as the Magic’s main gunner this season. He has posted career numbers in points (23.6), field goal attempts (19.7), and 3-point accuracy (40.7 percent). In his last ten outings, Vucevic has been grabbing 13.6 boards per game and has clearly been on a tear. The veteran took full advantage of Detroit’s empty frontcourt on Sunday en route to his big night.
“I’ve been feeling good and obviously I’ve been playing at a high level since the beginning of the year,” Vucevic said after the Magic’s win (via ESPN). “Once you get in a good rhythm, the game comes easier to you, you don’t think so much about stuff, and my experience from this being my 10th year helps.”
More importantly, Vucevic’s recent form has helped the Magic go on a mini-streak as they inch closer to being .500 before the NBA goes in its mid-season break. Orlando’s win over the Pistons is their third in a row, their first win-streak since their red-hot 4-0 start to the 2020-21 campaign.