The odd success at home for Orlando continued Tuesday evening as the Magic found a way to hold an outstanding Blazers offense to just 85 points on 37.2% shooting. Sure LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t play, but let’s ignore the details. What’s important is that the Magic are some how 16-18 at Amway Center despite still owning the third worst record in the NBA. Enjoy an in-depth Victor Oladipo postgame chat and reactions from Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic after their monstrous outings.
Click below for interviews from Nikola Vucevic, Jacque Vaughn, and Tobias Harris.
The Orlando Magic broke a nine game losing streak on Tuesday night, defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 95 to 85. It was home sweet home for the Magic, who returned from a four game West Coast swing on Monday and looked re-energized being back in front of friendly fans.
Portland led by six points with 7:02 remaining in the second quarter before Orlando went on an uncharacteristic 16-0 run to close out the first half, giving the Magic an eight point lead at the midpoint. An 11-point 3rd quarter from Tobias Harris would push the lead t0 14 heading into the final frame – a lead the Magic would never relinquish.
Tobias Harris led Orlando with 25 points and 11 rebounds while Nik Vucevic had his own double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Overall, five Magic men finished in double figures. read more…
Grant Hill is ready for closure with Magic fans, and so is the Orlando organization. ‘G-Hill’ is receiving his ‘Legends Night’ honor despite only playing 200 regular season and 4 playoff games in his 7-year tenure. For what it’s worth, the current basketball commentator provided an outstanding interview as G-Hill reflected back on his playing past. From believing that Tim Duncan to Orlando back in the summer of 2000 was a “done deal”, to confirming that he would’ve been more than happy to re-sign with the Magic in 2007 if not for upper management nudging him out the door so that Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson would accept more responsibilities. It’s a must-watch for Magic fans.
UPDATE: Magic fans gave G-Hill some soft applause in between the 1st and 2nd quarter. No boos, but not a loud reception. Fair.
Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.
The Orlando Magic organization has generously donated a suite to the Holden Flynn Fund for Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors and you can join them. There are a few tickets available, with all proceeds going directly into the fund.
Holden “The Tin Man” Flynn was born with a complex congenital heart defect that required four operations during 14 months of life. He passed away on January 5, 2014 at the age of 2 while awaiting a heart transplant. His story was the basis of a film that won the Orlando Addy Award in 2013, entitled “The Tin Man”. (http://bit.ly/thetinman)
The Holden Flynn Fund is a 503(c) charitable account (via Schwab Charitable) established to created a foundation that will raise awareness and assist families suffering from Congenital Heart Defects.
Tickets can be purchased online: http://www.ebay.com/itm/
The Orlando Magic finished their west coast road trip with the ninth straight loss, a 103-94 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night. The Portland Trail Blazers were last in action Monday night when they were defeated by the Miami Heat 93-91.
There two teams met back on January 9 and the Blazers defeated the Magic 110-94.
The Magic enter with a 19-52 record while the Blazers are 45-26.
The Magic rank 27th in offensive rating (99.1), 18th in defensive rating (104.6) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (96.27). The Blazers are fifth in offensive rating (108.4) 21st in defensive rating (105.2) and play at the league’s 10th-fastest pace (97.78).
Tip-off from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST and will be shown locally on FS Florida.
The Orlando Magic fell to the Los Angeles Lakers 103-94 on Sunday night. The Magic were led in scoring by Victor Oladipo’s 21 points and 10 assists,who was the team’s lone bright spot on the evening. It was a sloppy game for the most part filled with two teams with little to play for. The Lakers were led by Jordan Hill, with 28 points, 13 rebounds. Nick “Swaggy P” Young chipped in 26 off the bench.
The Magic started out very slow and after last nights crushing loss, it was almost expected. Jameer Nelson was out again with a sore left knee and Victor Oladipo, starting in his place, is getting markedly better at running the point and seems to be the only one to attack the rim with any regularity. The majority of the first quarter saw both teams trade missed shots and turnovers. This was not a rematch of the 2009 Finals. read more…
The Orlando Magic lost a heart-breaker on Saturday night, falling to the Utah Jazz 89-88 on Trey Burke’s three-pointer with 1.6 seconds to play. The Los Angeles Lakers were last in action Friday when they were defeated by the Washington Wizards 117-107.
These two teams met back on January 24 and Tobias Harris’28 points and 20 rebounds powered the Magic to a 114-105 victory.
The Magic have fallen to 19-51 while the Lakers are 22-46.
The Magic rank 27th in offensive rating (99.1), 18th in defensive rating (104.6) and play at the league’s 16th-fastest pace (96.24). The Lakers are 22nd in offensive rating (101.1), 28th in defensive rating (107.5) and play at the league’s second-fastest pace (100.88).
Coming into Utah riding a seven game losing streak, the Orlando Magic sat two seconds away from snapping the streak and securing a victory. Trey Burke had other ideas. With 1.6 seconds left rookie Trey Burke, who was starring in the NCAA Tournament this time last year, sunk a game-winning corner three pointer to give the Utah Jazz a 89-88 victory over the Orlando Magic.
Orlando was led by Victor Oladipo’s 19 points, who once again started at PG for the banged up Jameer Nelson. It was the 39th game that Victor has started this year. Arron Afflalo had 18 points and a team high six assists, while Nik Vucevic put up 16 points and 13 rebounds in 43 minutes.
For the Magic, it was a similar story that they’ve seen on the road all year. The young team just simply can’t finish games. While Burke hit a great, tough shot, it’s tough to measure any sort of progress when Orlando let’s games like this slip away. Up three points with 19 seconds left, they gave up a layup and then up two with 11 seconds left they gave up the Burke three.
Orlando owns a league worst 4-33 road record. The team, while playing close games, has last eight in a row with just 12 games remaining on the year. They are back in action on Sunday night on the road against the Lakers. Tip is set for 9:30 EST.
The Orlando Magic were defeated by the Phoenix Suns 109-93 on Wednesday night. The Utah Jazz were also last in action when they were defeated by the Memphis Grizzlies 96-86.
These two teams met in Orlando on December 18. Trey Burke had 30 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to lead the Jazz to an 86-82 victory.
The Magic are now 19-50 while the Jazz are 22-47.
The Magic rank 27th in offensive rating (99.2), 19th in defensive rating (104.8) and play at the league’s 16th-fastest pace (96.25). The Jazz are 24th in offensive rating (100.2) last in defensive rating (108.4) and play at the league’s 27th-fastest pace (93.67).
The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation’s (OMYF) Black Tie and Tennies Charity Gala raised $564,000 with matching funds at .50 on the dollar provided by the McCormick Foundation. All proceeds benefit the OMYF.
The 24th Annual OMYF Black Tie and Tennis Charity Gala presented by INDOCHINO was held on March 15 at the Amway Center. More than 700 guests were in attendance for an evening of silent and live auctions, gourmet food, activities and interaction with Magic players, coaches and executives. One of the highlights of the evening was the announcement of the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award winner. This year Magic forward Tobias Harris was recognized for his efforts off the court and in the Central Florida community. Harris will receive $50,000 from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation to donate to the charity of his choice. read more…
The Orlando Magic fell to the Phoenix Suns 109-93 on the second night of a back to back. The Magic stuck around a little longer than last night, waiting until the end of the 3rd quarter to begin their nosedive. Orlando was led in scoring by Tobias Harris with 23 points. Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo also scored in double figures, and that was about it for the road team.
Phoenix was paced by Goran Dragic with 18 points. The Suns netted five players in double figures overall.
The Magic played very well considering Jameer Nelson was sitting out due to a sore left knee, and Nik Vucevic was ejected very early with two quick technical fouls.
After a poor performance last night it was a pleasant surprise to see how well the Magic played in that first half. The score was tied at 52 as the teams went in the locker room, and Im sure everyone that couldn’t find TruTV on their cable system was interested to see if the Magic could avoid another 3rd quarter meltdown.