The Orlando Magic overcame a horrendous third period to dig down deep and pull out an enormous fourth quarter victory against an undefeated Toronto Raptors squad, prevailing 92-87 on Friday night. When they needed it most, Orlando’s improved team defense got the job done.
Tobias Harris led the Magic with 20 points and 9 rebounds while Victor Oladipo tallied 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. In his first start of the season, Dewayne Dedmon added 10 points and 3 blocks. C.J. Watson contributing 12 points off the bench was his best showing in a Magic jersey to date. Orlando gave up 15 offensive boards to their foes from Canada, but the Magic held Toronto to 34.9 FG%.
It was a well-deserved home victory for a squad that absolutely needed it to boost their confidence.
Below is the game recap.
The Orlando Magic lost their second overtime contest of the young season Wednesday, falling 119-114 on the road to the Houston Rockets. It wasn’t for a lack of spirit and effort though. After seeing Nikola Vucevic go down and leave the game in the third period with what is currently diagnosed as a sprained knee – expect further evaluation to be done on Thursday – the Magic dug down deep and came back from a double digit deficit to force overtime.
Evan Fournier followed up his career-high 30 points from Tuesday with a 29-point performance just 24 hours later. Aaron Gordon tallied a career-high 19 points as well as 8 rebounds in 32 outstanding minutes off the bench. #00 should see more minutes come his way. Victor Oladipo produced 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Tobias Harris added 16 points.
Orlando shot 50.5 FG% including 7-of-20 from 3-point range. They held Houston to 47.7 FG% – still on the high side – but the Rockets made eleven 3-pointers. Orlando holding Houston to 3-for-18 shooting from long range in the second half is a big reason why the Magic clawed back. Houston though prevailed with 15 more free throw attempts and a 48-38 rebound advantage that included seven more offensive boards than the pinstriped patrol. James Harden had 28 points while former Magic man Dwight Howard posted 23 points and 14 rebounds on a perfect 10-for-10 shooting night.
It’s another game in which Orlando had plenty of chances to leave the Toyota Center with a victory, but Scott Skiles‘ squad should be commended for not crumbling when they easily could have given up after seeing Vooch go down. Tough schedule to begin or not, you know those Magic men are frustrated have only one victory in five contests.
Below is the game recap.
Perhaps it’s fitting that it took the Magic until the season’s fourth game to finally put four quality quarters of basketball together. Orlando rode a career night from Evan Fournier and the steady presence of Nikola Vucevic to their first victory of the year, and the first victory for Head Coach Scott Skiles as they upended the New Orleans Pelicans 103-94.
The Orlando Magic have now lost their first 3 games of the season in fairly unfortunate fashion. It was by a slightly larger margin than the previous two games combined, but the most disappointing defeat from my viewpoint. The Chicago Bulls didn’t play well, but still won 92-87 on Sunday because the Magic played horrendous for too many minutes. A late comeback thanks to some bench players wouldn’t be enough.
Evan Fournier led all scorers with 19 points. Nikola Vucevic tallied 15 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals. Victor Oladipo had seven of his 13 points in the fourth period and added 3 blocks. After that, production gets murky as the Magic struggled to move the ball around. Tobias Harris had 11 points and 7 rebounds, but shot a bad percentage and was benched much of the second half. Elfrid Payton was in foul trouble for a second straight game. Jason Smith tallied 8 points off the bench, and Shabazz Napier contributed seven. Nikola Mirotic and Pau Gasol had 16 points for Chicago.
The Magic shot 38.9 FG% and 7-of-23 on 3-pointers and were down double digits at various instances in the contest. They held Chicago to 37.9 FG% as Orlando’s defense fueled the comeback. The Magic won the fourth period 24-17, but it wasn’t enough to earn the result. Free throws again a concern. Bulls were 19-of-22 from the charity stripe while O-Town only managed 10-of-17 from the line. It’s encouraging that the Magic are in these games versus big time opponents, but discouraging that they keep shooting themselves in the foot.
Below is the game recap.
The Erie BayHawks – NBDL affiliate of your Orlando Magic – have finalized their training camp roster with the addition of five players through Saturday’s NBA Development League Draft. You’ll also recognize some names that were on the BayHawks last season, as well as a few guys that were on the Magic’s training camp roster during the preseason. Below will be the 14 men that Head Coach Bill Peterson gets to mold into a regular season roster:
PLAYER POS HT WT SCHOOL/COUNTRY
Keith Appling G 6’0” 190 Michigan St.
Derrick Caracter F 6’9” 276 UTEP
Daniel Coursey F 6’10” 220 Mercer
Samuel Deguara C 7’5” 220 Malta
Cory Dixon F 6’7” 205 New Orleans
Nnanna Egwu C 6’11” 250 Illinois
Melvin Ejim G 6’6” 220 Iowa
Tyler Harvey G 6’2” 174 Eastern Washington
Troy Huff G 6’5” 174 North Dakota
Myck Kabongo G 6’3” 180 Texas
Carlos Morla C 7’0” 200 Dominican Republic
DJ Seeley G 6’4” 195 Cal St. Fullerton
Jordan Sibert G 6’4” 187 Dayton
Trey Sumler G 6’2” 175 Western Carolina
Scott Skiles wants his Orlando Magic angry going into Sunday’s contest in Chicago. That’s because twice in two games now his team has let a game they should have won slip away. Skiles was also not happy at how his players seemed to relax after Victor Oladipo nailed that go-ahead 3-pointer late in regulation only to see Russell Westbrook sprint with room and nail a 3-pointer from almost halfcourt to send the contest to overtime.
We’ll find out real soon what this Magic squad is made of. It’s only 2 games, but some devastating losses to begin the campaign. You know a game is bad when the media doesn’t even hint about Vic’s triple-double.
The Orlando Magic are 0-2 in this 2015-2016 season, but their record is that due to some very unfortunate late-game failures. The Magic on Friday, in front of another announced Amway Center sellout crowd of 18,846 spectators, lost one of the craziest games the NBA may see this season. It was a double overtime thriller that the Oklahoma City Thunder claimed as theirs with a 139-136 final score. There were only 2 lead changes on the evening, and the Magic blew an 18-point lead they had fully earned entering the fourth period. That 42-24 fourth quarter in favor of OKC is what the Magic coaching staff should focus on, and not the Victor Oladipo 3-pointer that sent the game to a second overtime.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are godly. It’s near impossible to see them as mortal at times. Westbrook finished with 48 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists while Kevin Durant added 43 points and 12 rebounds. That’s 91 points combined! It’s absurd. Victor Oladipo notched his second career triple-double in a Magic jersey by posting 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in defeat. Tobias Harris had 30 points and 9 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic added 26 points, 7 rebounds, and a career-high 5 blocks in a game he was dominating the first half. Evan Fournier tallied 22 points. Aaron Gordon‘s 15 points on 4-of-4 shooting is forgotten in such an epic mix of emotions.
This should have been a celebration on how the Magic took down a fantastic team. But they stopped moving the ball offensively in the fourth period, and their defense finally caved as Durant and Westbrook willed OKC to victory. OKC prevailed 62-49 on the glass as the Magic didn’t handle loose ball scenarios well. The Magic had scored 50 points in the paint entering the fourth, and only managed 8 in the final 22 minutes of action. Orlando should be undefeated, not winless.
Below is the game recap. And you better believe it’s wordy.
In a game that appeared to be heading the way of the new-look Magic, old habits found a way to creep into play and prevented Orlando from an opening night victory. The Washington Wizards would steal the road-win after a go-ahead John Wall floater with 12 seconds left lifted his team to an 88-87 victory over the Orlando Magic.
Orlando would have multiple chances to win the game, but a Tobias Harris runner and desperation Nik Vucevic fade-away wouldn’t fall. Harris’ runner with four seconds remaining, which lingered on the rim for seemingly 17 seconds, was originally whistled as defensive goaltending after Bradley Beal appeared to touch the rim with the ball still on the cylinder. After an official review, the call was controversially overturned and the Magic had 3.5 seconds and another shot to earn the win. After the original play for Tobias Harris was sniffed out by Otto Porter Jr, Vucevic was forced to take the tough 18′ shot fading hard to his right, which missed at the buzzer.
It was a tough loss for Orlando which led by eight points with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Magic would weather a big 12-0 Washington run and answered with a 9-0 run themselves. In the end the biggest star on the court stepped up and showed the difference between a good team and a team desperately trying to get there. John Wall’s 12 fourth quarter points and game winner sealed the fate. Orlando still is lacking the answer at the end.
Bradley Beal would lead Washington with 24 points on the night, while Wall finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, six assists, five blocks and three steals. read more…
I’M READY! YOU’RE READY! WE’RE ALL READY! Orlando Magic basketball is back! Welcome to another edition of MBO roundtable. I’m Adam Papageorgiou and joining me for this fearsome foursome chat are Brian Serra, Spenser Strode, and Juan Toribio. This where I look stupid and my colleagues come off as geniuses, because it’s prediction time! What will the 2015-2016 season yield for Orlando?
Without Elfrid Payton I think the best lineup for the Magic would be, C.J. Watson, Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic. I would probably like Harris to play the 4 more than the 3 and while Gordon is more of a 4 himself, he would slide over and defend guys at the 3 spot. In terms of pure talent, I think this is the Magic best lineup. This would also allow Mario Hezonja to do some damage off the bench.
Within those guidelines, the starting five that I would put onto the court to open the season would be as follows:
PG: C.J. Watson
SG: Victor Oladipo
SF: Tobias Harris
PF: Channing Frye
C: Nikola Vucevic
I think this lineup blends experience, chemistry, shooting, slashing and defensive capabilities the best–while still allowing for energy and scoring punch to be available coming off the bench. Gordon can spell Frye and kick the athleticism into another gear, Hezonja can bring his ‘dead eye’ shooting into the game and Oladipo can toggle between the 1-2 and Harris can toggle between the 3-4.
With Elfrid virtually absent for the majority of the preseason, and the Magic having their best backup (…maybe starter…) PG in five years, you have to realistically consider that Elfrid Payton may be best utilized off the bench for at least a few months. Not a few games, a few months. He was forced into a starting role as a rookie, but look at that team. You could consider playing Victor Oladipo at the point and sliding Evan Fournier into the starting lineup, but that is nothing but a short-term and short-sighted move that doesn’t let VO get comfortable in his expected role. For the remainder of 2015, regardless of matchups and assuming perfect health, I would like to see a 5-man lineup of Watson/Oladipo/Gordon/Harris/Vucevic. Let Elfrid fight for his minutes and prove that he knows the new offense and defense, which I fully expect to be in place prior to heading into 2016.
You can’t bench the best point guard since Penny. Can’t do it. He had a top 3 season for Magic players on the roster last season, as a rookie who still hasn’t organized his offensive game. The reason I worded the question the way I did is because it’s highly unlikely that Elfrid manages to play all 82 games once again. There will be moments though where you don’t want opponents fouling Payton and sending him to the free throw line. With that said, C.J. Watson did not look good in the preseason. His defense was better than his offense at least. Don’t get me wrong, Watson is going to be a fantastic backup PG. I just don’t want him starting.
My 5-man lineup would be Oladipo-Fournier-Gordon-Harris-Vucevic. You have four guys who can dribble the ball up and down and all around the court, and none off them are true point guards. Yet all of 5 those guys can drain jump shots, even Aaron now. We’re going to see this lineup at times just because of the height advantages that’ll exist in the backcourt. Skiles adores Evan and his versatility at 6’7″, while Aaron is going to cover so much ground that you can’t afford to keep him off the parquet floor for long.
Less than 24 hours. The Orlando Magic will begin their 2015-2016 regular season in Amway Center when they host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday at 7 p.m. EST, and then the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday October 30th at 7 p.m. Both contests are part of the Pure Magic Tip-Off Presented by Chase, which completes one fantastic month full of events, contests, and giveaways.
The Magic roster will be introduced with new special effects on Opening Night on Wednesday, and everyone attending will receive the 6th Man Design Contest winning t-shirt entry as was voted and chosen by the fans. The first 5,000 fans will receive light-up thunderstix at the doors on Friday.
If you’re not attending the home festivities, all games will be on FOX Sports Florida. Radio coverage can be heard on ESPN 580 Orlando and in Spanish on Salsa 98.1 FM.
Highlights of this week include:
- The October 28th national anthem will be performed by Sisaundra Lewis from season six of The Voice, and the national anthem on October 30th will be performed by Jack Turner, known as the “dancing usher” at the Amway Center
- Wednesday’s halftime performance will be of The Distinguished Men of Brass from season 7 of America’s Got Talent. More importantly, Red Panda makes her triumphant O-Town return and will perform at halftime on Friday
- Concourse entertainment for both games will include face painting, balloon art, a photo booth, a caricature artist, and a Wii gaming station
- The retail item of the game will be a $15 regulation-sized basketball on Wednesday and a $10 Orlando vs. OKC match-up shirt on October 30th
- During both contests inside Amway Center, Chase will give fans the opportunity to participate in the FANCAM, a 360-degree photo that captures all fans in the building. After the event, fans can log on to magic.fancam.com, tag themselves, and share the photo with friends
- For both games, fans can visit Fan Fest presented by FanDuel on Church Street (between Hughey and Division) beginning at 5 p.m. EST. Fan Fest is free and open to the public and features:
- Live band Run for Cover
- Inflatable games
- Face painting
- Balloon art
- Photo booth
- Beer Garden
- Skills n’ drills basketball court presented by UnitedHealthcare
- Game2U 4D Theatre Interactive Gaming Experience