Vucevic scores 18, Magic top Brazilian team Flamengo 90-73
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points, Shabazz Napier added 14 and the Orlando Magic took command early on the way to beating the Brazilian club Flamengo 90-73 on Saturday night as part of the NBA Global Games.
Marcelo ''Marcelinho'' Machado, a longtime Brazilian star and a veteran of international play, led Flamengo with 17 points.
MAGIC: Orlando held the Brazilian club to 32 percent shooting, while connecting on 49 percent of its own shots. ... Vucevic addressed the raucous crowd before the game, thanking them for their hospitality on Orlando's visit. ... Backup C Greg Stiemsma made his preseason debut, checking in during the fourth quarter. ... Magic coach Scott Skiles said he was happy with the way his team handled the trip. ''We knew it was going to be a good environment to play in,'' Skiles said.
FLAMENGO: It was the second straight season that Flamengo - which plays in Brazil's top league - lost to the Magic. Flamengo went winless on a three-game preseason NBA tour last year against Orlando, Phoenix and Memphis.
UP NEXT: Orlando returns home Wednesday for its next-to-last preseason contest, playing host to New Orleans.