As the season draws even nearer to the end, the one constant of the year remained the same. The Orlando Magic lost on the road. The Magic faced off against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, falling 108-95. With the road loss, the Magic fell to 4-37 when playing away from the Amway Center.
More importantly, they inched closer to securing the 3rd-worst record in the league and the 15.6% odds of winning the top overall pick. Wins are fun and obviously important to developing a winning culture, but 81 games deep into a lost season – you root for a competitive game and the L.
The Magic were led on the night by Kyle O’Quinn’s 20 points and 19 points off the bench for the man formerly known as Andrew Nicholson. Victor Oladipo started at PG in place of the injured Jameer Nelson and finished with just 10 points and four assists in 23 minutes.
The stingy Bulls defense had their way with the Magic for the majority of the game and were ultimately led by the versatile Joakim Noah’s 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Mike Dunleavy Jr. scored 22.
Orlando’s final game of the season comes on Wednesday night at the Amway Center against the Indiana Pacers. Tip is set for 7pm.
The Orlando Magic were defeated by the Brooklyn Nets 97-88 on Sunday evening. The Chicago Bulls were also in action Sunday, losing to the New York Knicks 100-89.
The Magic are now 23-57 and the Bulls are 47-33.
These two teams met on December 17 and the Magic held on for an 83-82 victory.
The played again on January 15 and the Bulls defeated the Magic 128-125 in triple overtime. Joakim Noah led the Bulls with 26 points, 19 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals while Victor Oladipo scored 35 points, dished out eight assists, grabbed four rebounds and recorded three steals.
The Magic rank 29th in offensive rating (99.4), 16th in defensive rating (104.6) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (95.96). The Bulls are 27th in offensive rating (99.7) second in defensive rating (97.8) and play at the league’s third-slowest pace (92.76).
The Orlando Magic fell to the Brooklyn Nets 97-88 on Sunday night in Brooklyn. The Magic really played well in this one, all things considered. If not for being on the wrong end of a 13-0 run in the middle of the 3rd quarter, this game was very even throughout. Orlando was led in scoring by Tobias Harris with 18 points off the bench. Jameer Nelson and Nik Vucevic sat this one out, and the bench came up big for Orlando, as Coach Vaughn was limiting Victor Oladipo’s minutes.
The game started out with Orlando controlling much of the action on both ends of the court. Very good effort and intensity tonight for a team just playing out the string. Coach Vaughn went to the bench early and often tonight, even dusted off Ronnie Price, who played extremely well with 6 points and 6 assists. They finished the first half up by 3 and seemed to be rolling.
At the start of the second half, Orlando struggled making shots. As I said earlier a 13-0 spelled doom for them tonight. The Nets got hot from outside, and were led in scoring by Mirza Teletovic with 20 points, all of them seemingly coming during this run and the second half. Orlando only tallied 35 points in the second half, but dont mistake that for lack of effort. The effort was there tonight, they just ran up against a more talented team.
There were alot of encouraging things tonight during this game. Bench play was good. Tobias Harris played extremely well. Andrew Nicholson scored in double figures. This team has proven resilient this year and I think this game tonight proves they are on the right path in their rebuilding.
The Magic turn right around and play in Chicago tomorrow night. Tip off set for 8pm from the United Center. Only two games remain this season.
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The Orlando Magic were defeated by the Washington Wizards 96-86 on Friday night. The Nets were also in action Friday night, falling to the Atlanta Hawks 93-88.
These two teams met back on November 3 in Orlando. Led by 19 points and 12 rebounds from Nikola Vucevic and 17 points and 11 rebounds from Andrew Nicholson, the Magic blew out the Nets 107-86.
They played again on January 21 and the Nets got a 101-90 win behind 18 points from Andray Blatche.
Arron Afflalo scored 24 points and the Magic defeated the Nets 115-111 on Wednesday night.
The Magic are 23-56 while the Nets are 43-36.
The Magic rank 29th in offensive rating (99.5), 16th in defensive rating (104.6) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (96.00). The Nets are 13th in offensive rating (104.6) 17th in defensive rating (104.7) and play at the league’s 25th-fastest pace (93.65).
Jameer Nelson couldn’t deny that he was fighting for more rebounds than usual in the 2nd half. You would too if you had Jason Maxiell reminding you about being close to a triple-double in your ear every few seconds. Orlando players were worn out from Washington’s physicality, and the frustration of having lost all 4 season meetings to the Wizards.
Click below for interviews from Jacque Vaughn, Arron Afflalo, Tobias Harris, and Victor Oladipo.
The Orlando Magic looked solid for three quarters against the Washington Wizards, and then the wheels came off the bus in the 4th period as Orlando fell 96-86. With the defeat, combined with the Charlotte Bobcats loss against the Boston Celtics, Orlando has sole control of the 3rd-worst record in the league. Meanwhile, the Wizards now leapfrog Charlotte back into the 6th seed in the East.
The Magic were outscored 29-16 in the four period. Washington notched 20 points in the paint just in that 4th quarter. Nene paced the Wizards in scoring with 17 points off the bench. Bradley Beal tallied 16 points. Arron Afflalo led all scorers with 19 points. Jameer Nelson finished with 12 points, 11 assists, and 7 rebounds as his quest for his first career triple-double fell short.
- The Magic entered Friday trying to avoid a 4-game season sweep by Washington. No Nik Vucevic meant the starting duo of Dewayne Dedmon and Kyle O’Quinn were seeking a 3rd straight win.
- So much for Washington having a rebounding advantage early on. All credit to Dedmon and O’Quinn as Orlando held a 19-9 first quarter rebound advantage.
- O’Quinn had 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks in the opening session while Jameer Nelson was on the prowl for his first career triple-double with 3 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. Magic led 29-17 after one period. Wizards shot an awful 25.0 FG%. O’Quinn would finish with 13 points and 9 rebounds.
- Washington would close the gap with a 12-0 second quarter run. Washington tied the game at the 5:18 mark and then took a 38-36 lead thanks to a barrage of Wizards free throws. Orlando had a halftime free throw attempt advantage of 20-6.
- Orlando re-focused and led 51-45 at halftime. Arron Afflalo had 14 points at the break, as Jameer tallied 9 assists. Dedmon already had 9 rebounds on his way to a career-best 10 boards.
- Jameer Nelson reached his double digit points and assists quotient for his 6th double-double of the season in a tightly contested 3rd period.
- Orlando led 70-67 entering the 4th period as Washington was still only shooting 36.9 FG%.
- Random stat: Andre Miller fouled out in 10 minutes of action.
- Doron Lamb finished with 11 points as he now has 7 career games with ten or more points scored.
- The 4th quarter was a disaster as Orlando collapsed (tank supporters rejoice) thanks to a stagnant offense. Despite the early rebounding gap, the Wizards ended up storming back and taking the boards battle 44-42. Washington prevailed despite only converting on 2-of-19 from 3-point range.
The 23-56 Orlando Magic are now 19-21 at Amway Center and travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets on Sunday.
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The Orlando Magic won for the fourth time in seven games Wednesday when they defeated the Brooklyn Nets 115-111 behind 24 points from Arron Afflalo. The Washington Wizards were defeated by the Charlotte Bobcats 94-88 in overtime on Wednesday night, causing them to drop from sixth to seventh in the Eastern Conference.
These two teams met back on December 2 in Washington D.C. and the Wizards blew out the Magic 98-80 behind 16 points and 13 assists from John Wall.
They met again on February 26 and the Wizards got 27 points and seven assists from John Wall to earn a 115-106 victory.
On March 14, the Wizards took down the Magic 105-101 in overtime. Wall had 21 points and 11 assists.
The Magic are 23-55 while the Wizards are 40-38.
The Magic rank 27th in offensive rating (99.6), 16th in defensive rating (104.6) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (96.00). The Wizards are 19th in offensive rating (102.8), 10th in defensive rating (102.6) and play at the league’s 19th-fastest pace (95.45).
The Magic don’t have much to strive for these days, except for the chance to finish over .500 at home with 2 home contests remaining this season. Unfortunately for you non-tanking Magic fans, Nikola Vucevic is out again with a sore Achilles heel. Orlando needs to find a way to cut into the foul and free throw gaps that led to a gut-wrenching overtime defeat to the Wizards last month.
Click below for interviews from Victor Oladipo and Jacque Vaughn. Also, hear from former Magic man Al Harrington.
There is a new feared big man tandem in the Eastern Conference, and that is Dewayne Dedmon and Kyle O’Quinn. You talk about some heart and hustle right there. Orlando is 2-0 with those two starting together and they covered numerous exciting plays on both ends of the court in this contest. Also, E’Twaun Moore was due a scorching hot shooting night. It was nice to see Arron Afflalo have a great game again.
Click below for interviews from Dewayne Dedmon, Tobias Harris, Jacque Vaughn, E’Twaun Moore, Arron Afflalo, and Victor Oladipo.
The Orlando Magic tried their absolute best to blow a 16-point lead and take another pivotal step towards securing their best lottery chance, but they just couldn’t get it done in the end. Orlando clung to a 4th quarter lead and held off the short-handed Brooklyn Nets to earn the 115-111 victory.
Arron Afflalo led Orlando with 24 points, scoring 20+ for just the 3rd time in his last 15 games. The bench combo of E’Twaun Moore and Tobias Harris scored 17 and 16 respectively, including Moore’s perfect 5-5 from 3-point distance.
Brooklyn chose to rest starters Shaun Livingston and Paul Pierce, but Seven Time All-Star Joe Johnson picked up the slack scoring 31 points. Had Deron Williams made any impact on the game whatsoever (11 points on 3-14 shooting), the Nets would have likely escaped with the win. read more…
Nick Anderson will never be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. It’s unknown if Anderson’s #25 jersey will be raised to the arena rafters and be retired. One thing is certain, Nick Anderson was down right honored and emotional to be part of the inaugural class of the brand new Magic Hall of Fame. Nick is Orlando’s #1 draft pick. He’s tops in a number of franchise statistical categories. Nick was a critical part of that ’95 Finals team. Anderson is a proud Community Ambassador and contributor to Magic game broadcasts. Nick wasn’t shy to say that this induction ceremony was the culmination of his career.
Nick wasn’t the only individual that Magic CEO Alex Martins helped induct into the Hall of Fame. Pat Williams was inducted as well. Founder. Senior Vice President. Past General Manager. Humanitarian. Author. Historian. Motivational speaker. Without Pat’s vision and passion, there’s no basketball franchise in Orlando.
It’s not common for NBA teams to have their own Hall of Fame, but it was a passion project that has been fulfilled by Orlando’s committee of decision makers.
The speeches from Pat Williams and Nick Anderson are highly recommended viewing. The magnitude and importance of this event should be witnessed by all Magic fans across the globe as 2 historic franchise figures accepted permanent pedestals and trophy versions of them.
Click below to view the speeches from Alex Martins, Pat Williams, and Nick Anderson as well as their interviews following the Hall of Fame spectacle.
Nikola Vucevic is confirmed to be unavailable for tonight’s Brooklyn Nets matchup. Vucevic appeared to be in good spirits though talking about his new Twitter account and how Tobias Harris is his designated tweeter. Nik believes he’ll play again this season. Victor Oladipo talked about how he’d like to play for Team USA one day and how he hasn’t heard from the Nigerian basketball federation in a while. I foresee an intriguing decision Vic will have to make as far as which country to represent, but it won’t be a worry this summer. Jacque Vaughn stated the one statistic he looks at as a big improvement from last season is defensive rating.
Click below for more interviews from Tobias Harris, Jacque Vaughn, Victor Oladipo, Kyle O’Quinn. As well as a bonus clip of Doron Lamb and Maurice Harkless practicing 3-pointers.