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Nikola Vucevic': 'I like facing better players'

Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic believes that facing better players helps him catch up to their level.

Nikola Vucevic has said that he enjoys facing players that are better than him.

The center faced Dwight Howard during the Orlando Magic's pre-season loss to the Houston Rockets yesterday.

The 22-year-old told the team's website: "You've got to do your job [defensively] early against a guy like Dwight because he's very physical. If you let him catch it deep there's not a lot that you can do.

"So I was trying to be as physical as I can be. I tried to make him catch it as far away as I could and my teammates did a great job of helping me on the backside when I was fronting him. I tried to limit him as much as I could and still help on the guards when they drove.

"I enjoy going against guys who are better than me. Those are the guys that I need to catch up to to get to their level. So I like going against better players. I get to see where I am and it's a fun experience."

Vucevic added six points in the 108-104 defeat.

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