Chuma Okeke turned in an odd 6-point possession in first NBA start

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Cody Taylor
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With the Orlando Magic dealing with several injury issues, rookie Chuma Okeke earned his first career start Friday night on the road against the San Antonio Spurs.

Okeke produced eight points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot in 27 minutes of work during the 104-77 loss. He shot 2-of-9 from the field, including 1-of-7 from 3-point range, as the Magic have now dropped seven consecutive games.

The Magic jumped out to an early 13-point lead in the first quarter but the Spurs eventually climbed back into it and carried an eight-point lead into halftime. San Antonio extended the lead to 14 points in the third period but Orlando, aided by Okeke, went on a run to cut into the deficit.

Okeke produced all eight of his points in the third quarter, and scored six of them in a rather odd manner.

On a 3-point attempt, Spurs guard Keldon Johnson was whistled for an aggressive closeout on Okeke, who made each of his three ensuing free throws. Orlando managed to keep the ball and Okeke then hit a 3-pointer to complete the 6-point possession.

The rare play by Okeke was one of a few highlights for the Magic, who had just nine players available to play. Magic head coach Steve Clifford took the blame for the loss after stating the playcalling has to improve, which starts with him on the sidelines.

In any case, Okeke continues to play a large role with the team this season. He missed time himself this season with a knee injury but has given the Magic some strong performances throughout the season since returning.

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