Orlando Magic Lose Double Overtime Thriller in Philadelphia
The Orlando Magic put up three career high scoring performances, but a lack of defense and rebounding ultimately spurred a double-overtime road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, 126-125.
Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis and Victor Oladipo combined to score 102 points on the night with each scoring 43, 33 and 26 respectively. Oladipo not only put together his first double-double on the year – he also secured a triple-double with a late rebound at the end of double OT to finish with 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
The Magic, missing Nik Vucevic who was sidelined with a minor ankle sprain, struggled all night to rebound the basketball and were out-rebounded 56-34 – including 20 offensive rebounds that led to 29 second chance points. While Orlando got several lucky bounces towards the end of the game that allowed them to stay in the game (including a BIG BABY GAME TYING THREE TO FORCE OVERTIME), their inability to secure the ball was the ultimate doom on the night.
Michael Carter-Williams continued his strong early play for Philadelphia and put up his own triple-double, scoring 27 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing 10 assists. Thaddeus Young had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Evan Turner scored 24.
While the result may not have ended the way the Magic would have obviously preferred (depending on who you ask), it was a fantastic game to watch and a courageous and encouraging effort from Afflalo, Davis and Oladipo who all played over 50 minutes on the second night of a back-to-back.
The Orlando Magic fall to 6-12 on the year and is off until Friday night when they face off against the New York Knicks at MSG.