Magic's Maurice Harkless gaining confidence

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The rookie is coming off the best game of his young career.

Orlando Magic rookie Maurice Harkless is feeling more comfortable after the best performance of his NBA career against the New York Knicks on Wednesday. Harkless scored 10 points, pulled down seven rebounds, and blocked four shots.

"It's a confidence thing," Harkless said. "Before, I was playing a little timid. Last night definitely helped me build my confidence back up."

Harkless, who had offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia, has appeared in four games for the Magic this season. The injury limited his participation in the preseason, and he did not play in the first three games of the regular season for Orlando, which is off to a 2-5 start.

Since entering the Magic rotation, Harkless is averaging 18.3 minutes per game. He is shooting 43.8 percent from the field and averaging 4.5 points per contest.

He was originally drafted in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. The Magic acquired him through the Dwight Howard trade.

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