Tobias Harris had a big night Tuesday for the Orlando Magic. It’s a night in which he should have grabbed all the headlines.
Of course, it was also the night the Los Angeles Lakers came to town and brought back former Magic superstar Dwight Howard, who demonstrated how much he meant to the Magic franchise.
It was the highly publicized Howard return to Orlando. He had a season-high 39-points and tied his NBA record of 39 free-throw attempts. But Harris unfortunately took a back seat to Howard’s return to the place where he logged eight NBA seasons.
Harris had 17 points and a career high 15 rebounds. For the season, he is averaging 7.7 points and 3.4 rebounds a game but certainly turned up his game seven notches against the Lakers. He continually brings up his production since coming from the Milwaukee Bucks in the J.J. Redick deal.
Harris was 7-of-7 from the floor, 3-of-5 in triples against the Lakers, grabbed 15 rebounds and had three blocks. He didn’t have a turnover and has only had one turnover the past two games. In Sundays’ 99-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, he was 7-of-16 from the floor and had 15 points plus seven rebounds.
Since he came to Orlando, Harris is averaging 15.6 points, 7.4 points and 1.3 blocks per game. He’s also been hitting around 50 percent of his shots for the Magic.
The Magic don’t have Howard anymore, but they do have Harris. The way he has played lately, the Magic realizes a steal they got in the Redick trade.