For the first time in maybe the entire Jacque Vaughn era, the Orlando Magic locker room is feeling validated for all the sweat and energy they’ve invested into growing a large group of mostly young guys into a maturing roster hungry for success. Winning 5 straight contests at home and knocking off the top team in the East and West will give any struggling squad a boost in confidence. Victor Oladipo showed the entire league in that 4th quarter why he’s the king of his class. The man shows zero fear.
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The title is almost as inexplicable as the finale to another nail-biter at Amway Center, as the Orlando Magic somehow found a way to knock off the Indiana Pacers 93-92. After trailing by 17 points in the 3rd period, Orlando came back with a 34-10 flurry of a run. As they clung to a late lead, the Magic were their own worst enemy late with inbound issues, missed free throws, and controversial foul calls. In the end, Paul George missed a jumper with a few seconds in the game and Orlando prevailed by one point.
Despite having his shot blocked 5 times, Orlando doesn’t come out victorious without Victor Oladipo. The rookie had 13 points in the fourth quarter and the Hoosier concluded his phenomenal outing with 23 points. Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 13 rebounds as he held counterpart Roy Hibbert to just 6 points.
Paul George led all scorers with 27 points, while Lance Stephenson had 16 points and 9 rebounds.
It’s the first time since January 2012 that Orlando has won 5 consecutive regular season games at home. Following Orlando’s win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, it’s the first time an NBA team has beaten the top team in the West and East on consecutive nights since the Magic beat the Spurs and Celtics in December 2010.
The Orlando Magic earned a thrilling 103-102 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tobias Harris’ walkoff dunk. The Indiana Pacers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 118-113 in overtime Friday night.
These two teams met on opening night when the Pacers defeated the Magic 96-86 behind 24 points from Paul George.
They met again Monday and the Pacers blew out the Magic 98-79.
The Pacers are 39-10 while the Magic are 15-37.
The Magic rank 25th in offensive rating (98.8), 18th in defensive rating (104.3) and play at the league’s 16th-fastest pace (96.20). The Pacers rank 18th in offensive rating (102.5), first in defensive rating (94.0) and play at the league’s 18th-fastest pace (95.84).
Tip-off from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida is scheduled for 6:00 pm EST and will be shown locally on FS Florida.
As always, if you can’t watch the game, you can listen on the radio – in English on AM 580 WDBO and in Spanish on AM 1270 WRLZ.
The officials for tonight’s game are Sean Corbin, Tony Brown and Violet Palmer.
The Line: Indiana – 8.0 (190.5)
- Lance Stephenson missed Friday’s game due to a bruised lower back/hip and is activated to play.
- Jason Maxiell is unavailable due to personal reasons, but is expected to be available Wednesday against Memphis.
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Everything had to go perfectly right in the last six seconds, but perfect it went, as the Orlando Magic stole a victory on Friday night from the Oklahoma City Thunder. From Durant missing his jumper just right, to Victor Oladipo fighting for the rebound and running, to Moe Harkless having the frame of mind (intentionally or not) to drop it to the hard-slashing Tobias Harris for the slam as time expired. Easily the most exciting victory in a long long time.
And then they celebrate.
We all know that after an emotional victory over an outstanding Oklahoma City Thunder team, that there was absolutely zero chance of that Orlando Magic locker room being subtle after that momentous occasion. That’s what a ‘signature win’ looks like. Maurice Harkless asked to guard Kevin Durant in the 4th quarter, he got him! Tobias Harris and the Young Guns of the bench got the Magic in position to steal a victory. Some quick hustle and thinking by Victor Oladipo, a few passes, and euphoric bedlam occurred. It’s a good thing that Jacque Vaughn didn’t use his final timeout. Glen Davis was so stunned after the game that he didn’t realize he scored 10 points in the third period. Fans will look back on this game and point immediately to this game as one of the few bright spots of this 2013-2014 season.
Click below for interviews from Victor Oladipo, Jacque Vaughn, Glen Davis, Arron Afflalo, Maurice Harkless, and Kyle O’Quinn.
Oklahoma City was up one and the shot clock winding down and then Kevin Durant missed a jumper with 4.9 seconds remaining that would have clinched a win. Victor Oladipo fought off two Thunder players to snatch the ball, not call timeout, sprint up the court, and find Maurice Harkless under the basket. Harkless drops the ball to a slashing Tobias Harris who slammed home a buzzer beating victory that erupted Amway Center and the rest of the Orlando community, as the Magic survived the buzzsaw that is the Oklahoma City Thunder escaping with the 103-102 victory.
The Orlando Magic’s home winning streak now stands at 4, as they withstood the Western Conference’s #1 team.
The Orlando Magic defeated the Detroit Pistons 112-98 behind 20 points from Victor Oladipo on Wednesday. The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-97 Wednesday.
These two teams met back on December 15 and the Thunder held off a late Magic rally for a 101-98 victory.
The Magic are now 14-37 while the Thunder are 40-11.
The Magic rank 24th in offensive rating (98.6), 18th in defensive rating (104.2) and play at the league’s 16th-fastest pace (96.27). The Thunder are sixth in offensive rating (107.4) third in defensive rating (99.1) and play at the league’s 10th-fastest pace (97.59).
Tip-off from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST and will be shown locally on FS Florida.
As always, if you can’t watch the game, you can listen on the radio – in English on AM 580 WDBO and FM 96.5 and in Spanish on AM 1270 WRLZ.
The officials for tonight’s game are Zach Zarba, Pat Fraher and Ben Taylor.
The Line: Oklahoma City – 9.5 (199.5)
Oklahoma City Thunder
- Jameer Nelson returned to action Wednesday.
- Russell Westrbook remains out after knee surgery.
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It’s been known for some time that Victor Oladipo was selected as a participant into the Rising Stars Challenge game, but his official team has now been selected. When the participants were named they were all placed into a pool and those pools were divided last night into two teams, with selections made by Honorary General Managers Grant Hill and Chris Webber. Oladipo was selected as a member of TEAM WEBBER, and stunningly and foolishly, fell to the last pick.
Fortunately there is no such Mr. Irrelevant shaming involved in the Rising Stars game.
With the first pick of the 2014 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge draft, TEAM WEBBER selected Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans while TEAM HILL picked Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers second overall. TNT’s Hill and NBA TV’s Webber, general managers for the 2014 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, made their player selections live on TNT. The 2014 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge will be played Friday, Feb. 14, in Smoothie King Center during NBA All-Star 2014. read more…
He may have been snubbed from Sunday Night’s premier event, but Arron Afflalo still managed to earn a trip to New Orleans for All-Star Weekend. Afflalo will join teammate Victor Oladipo (participating in the Skills Challenge) on All-Star Saturday Night as one of eight contestants in the 2014 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest.
The eight competitors will compete in a two-round competition with each player having one minute to roll through the racks. The highest scoring East and highest scoring West players from the First Round will advance to the Championship Round. New to this year’s contest, each player will also be able to switch one of the five shooting locations to a full rack of five “money balls,” each of which will be worth two points. read more…
Victor Oladipo, the number two overall draft pick last year and surefire All-Rookie First Teamer, is expanding his profile at the upcoming All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. Already slated to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday Night, Victor was also selected to compete in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge on Saturday Night. His selection to this event is a big accomplishment for Oladipo, as it shows the league is very interested in showcasing him as one of the league’s future stars.
The Taco Bell Skills Challenge is introducing a new format that features four teams of two players each competing in a two-round timed relay-style course consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations. Oladipo is the second Magic player to be selected to the competition. Jameer Nelson was chosen as a participant in 2009, but was unable to participate due to an injury.
Representing the Eastern Conference are DeRozan and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks on one team, and Michael Carter-Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers and Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic on the other. Antetokounmpo, Carter-Williams and Oladipo are also participating in the 2014 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge.
Joining Lillard on one Western Conference team is Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz, while Reggie Jackson of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Goran Dragic of the Phoenix Suns comprise the other. read more…
Don’t look now, but the Orlando Magic have now won 3 consecutive home games thanks to their ‘Young Guns’ off the bench. Wednesday evening was a step in the right direction that kicked off this 4-game stand at Amway Center that precedes All-Star Weekend. Along with the praise for bench contributors like Victor Oladipo, Maurice Harkless, and Kyle O’Quinn, enjoy the stylish outfits of Jameer Nelson and Glen Davis.
Click below for more interviews from Maurice Harkless, Kyle O’Quinn, Jameer Nelson, Glen Davis, and Jacque Vaughn.
In a twist of action, the Orlando Magic flipped the script on an opponent and dominated an entire game. Keyed by a huge 2nd quarter effort from the team’s young guns, the Magic earned themselves a blowout victory over the Detroit Pistons, 112-98.
Rarely a difference maker in his NBA career, tonight’s top Magic performer was the hustling, physical Kyle O’Quinn. Blocking shots, leading the break like a point guard and providing the energy he can be counted on for, KOQ had his best all-around game of the year. While he finished with just eight points and five rebounds, his career high six blocks against one of the biggest frontlines in the league was an inspiration for the whole team.
Victor Oladipo, who returned to the bench for tonight’s game, led the team in scoring with 20 points on 8-10 shooting – he had been 13-51 from the field in his previous four games. Glen Davis had 18 points and Moe Harkless and Arron Afflalo each had 15 points. read more…