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Magic G Arron Afflalo looks to bounce back

The offseason acquisition for Orlando is leading the team with a career-best 16.1 points per game, but a down performance against the New York Knicks reminds him that there's still room for improvement.


Orlando Magic swingman Arron Afflalo is looking for a strong game against his old team in the Detroit Pistons Friday night after having a mediocre showing against the New York Knicks Tuesday.

The sixth-year player out of UCLA went just 4-of-14 from the floor against the Knicks in the 99-89 Orlando loss, tallying 13 points and five assists. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports that Afflalo is particularly disappointed with a different part of his stat line: his seven turnovers. Afflalo told Robbins that the Magic "can't have careless turnovers, as many as I had."

Sunday's game is of particular significance to Afflalo, as he spent the first two seasons of his career with the Pistons. Detroit drafted Afflalo out of UCLA with the 27th pick of the first round in the 2007 draft, but he averaged fewer than 17 minutes per game with them before the Pistons swapped him to Denver in 2009.

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