Orlando Magic News & Notes: April 11
The Orlando Magic defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime 113-103 Wednesday night.
“Even though we’ve lost a lot of close games the whole year, this was great for us and our team still has confidence,’’ said Vucevic, who now has a 30/20 game to go with his three 20/20 games this season. “We just kept fighting.’’
The Magic’s clutch play late also ruined the return of Redick, a fan favorite in Orlando for 6 ½ seasons before he was shipped to Milwaukee. Redick finished with 16 points in 42 minutes for the Bucks (37-41). Redick struggled shooting the ball most of the night making just six of 16 shots and only one of seven 3-pointers.
Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb and Beno Udrih tormented their old team by leading the Magic to a 113-103 overtime win over the Bucks in J.J. Redick’s first game in Orlando since the teams’ Feb. 21 blockbuster trade.
“It’s about time that we closed out a game,” Harris said. “We’ve been so close. When we got down, I was just thinking, ‘Man, this is déjà vu again.’ But we just fought hard as a team.”
At the end of Wednesday’s game, Tobias Harris threw down a huge jam rather than simply running out the clock. After the game, Harris apologized. Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel said there was no need for Harris to apologize:
The Magic need some fire and toughness. They need to play with an edge. They’ve been too soft for too long, even in the Dwight days.
They’ve lost 59 games and some have been humiliating this season.
If Harris wanted to show fans that he, too, was a key piece in the trade package that sent J.J. Redick – the night’s guest of honor – to Orlando, he wasn’t admitting it. Nor that he was trying to prove a point to the Bucks, who buried him on the bench in his second season.
It probably was not really personal what Harris did. But it was definitely emotional and it meant something — it had to, right? — to have that kind of a performance against his former team, a team that he just could not get off the bench for. Fan certainly felt it to be an exclamation point to a memorable home victory in a frustrating season.
- Nikola Vucevic has two straight 20-point/20-rebound games. The last player to have three straight 20/20 games was Kevin Willis in 1991.
- Vucevic is the first ever Magic player to have 30 points, 20 rebounds and five assists in one game.
- Tobias Harris almost matched Vucevic with 30 points, 19 rebounds and five assists. The last duo to have at least 30 and 19 was Walt Bellamy and Willis Reed for the New York Knicks in 1967.
- Maurice Harkless played 51 minutes Wednesday. It was the first time a teenager has played at least 50 minutes since Eric Gordon in 2008.
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