Orlando Magic defeat Charlotte Bobcats in OT thriller!
The Orlando Magic overcame a 16-point deficit on Friday night to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 110-105 in an exciting overtime game. Trailing by three with less than 14 seconds remaining, the Magic drew up a play that freed up Arron Afflalo to drain a three-pointer with seven seconds remaining to tie the game and eventually force OT.
In the extra period, Orlando sank their free throws and continued to grind down the Bobcats to give the Magic their 17th home win of the season.
The Magic out-rebounded the Bobcats 57-36 on the night, creating countless second possessions for Orlando and exposing Charlotte’s lack of an interior defensive presence. Nik Vucevic was the benefactor on the night, completing his 6th career 20-20 game, by scoring 24 points and 23 rebounds.
In addition to the huge game-tying three-pointer, Arron Afflalo also finished with 17 points. Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo had 17 and 14 off the bench, respectively.
Jameer Nelson returned to the starting lineup, which pushed Oladipo to the bench. Victor still played 30 minutes on the night and had an extremely impressive second half of the night. Despite turning the ball over five times in the first half, Oladipo stayed aggressive and never lost his confidence. His three second half steals, and zero turnovers, helped to turn the game around on the back end and continues to offer hope for the future.
Kyle O’Quinn brought the same level of energy in the second half, scoring 11 of his 13 and grabbing five rebounds in the second half alone. KOQ also had two blocks and a game high +/- of +14 in the second half. He finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds on the night, but along with Oladipo – seems to have that extra “X factor” that has been missing most of the year.
Kemba Walker and Josh McRoberts each had 14 points for Charlotte, while big Al Jefferson had 20 and 8. McRoberts hit a career high six three-pointers, certainly with an extra chip in his shoulder playing against the team that essentially just gave him away last season for a mere trade exception.
With the win, Orlando improved to 21-52 for the season with nine games remaining. The Magic are back in action on Sunday night against the Toronto Raptors, tip is set for 6:00 America time.