Orlando Magic, Victor Oladipo beat New York Knicks in double-OT thriller!
The New York Knicks came into the Amway Center on an eight game winning streak against Orlando but the Magic were determined to see that streak to its death. The Magic saw a career performance on Friday night from Point Guard, Victor Oladipo as Orlando defeated the New York Knicks in double overtime, 129-121.
Point Guard, Victor Oladipo led Orlando on the night doing everything on both ends of the floor and punished the Knicks with 30 points, a career-high 14 assists and nine rebounds in 49 minutes of game play. Oladipo attacked the Knicks defense relentlessly making a handful of highlight plays and helping the Magic outscore New York 54-28 in the paint for the game.
Arron Afflalo led the Magic in scoring with 32 points but left the game late after spraining his right ankle. He is currently listed as day-to-day. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 44 points and Melo received little help scoring wise from his teammates outside of 15 points each from Raymond Felton and Tim Hardaway Jr. who took 32 shots to get their combined 30 points.
The Magic held a 47-41 lead with six minutes left in the first half before the Knicks closed the half on a 19-6 run to lead by seven at the half. Orlando would trail by as many as nine points in the 4th quarter, but managed to claw their way back and earn their first lead with 5:28 left in the game on a slick pass from Victor Oladipo to Moe Harkless for a lay-in.
Nik Vucevic (14 points and 15 rebounds) had a chance to win the game for Orlando at the end of regulation, as well as the first OT but couldn’t finish the Knicks off. In the final OT period, Oladipo scored eight of his 30 points and made sure that it didn’t come down to a final shot as Orlando escaped with the hard-fought – and insanely fun – victory.
It was Legends Night again for the Magic as they continued to honor legends from their 25 years of existence. Tonight’s honoree was the great Penny Hardaway, making his first team appearance since being traded in August of 1999. Victor Oladipo did his best Penny impersonation on the night, which was only fitting as Hardaway had glowing reviews of Vic in his pre-game chat with the media.
Crown Royal #ReignOn Magic Tweet of the Night
Penny! Lil Penny! Reunited and it feels so good! pic.twitter.com/xMVfbNss1G
— Zac Cleary (@zac_cleary) February 22, 2014
The Magic will hit the road for a four game road trip starting Sunday night in Toronto. Game time is set for a 6:00 EST tip, or 1800-eh in Canada time.