The Orlando Magic lost its 2nd game in a row to the Miami Heat on Saturday 101-99 in a well played game of basketball. This game saw the return of Glen Davis and Dwyane Wade to their respective teams, clutch scoring from LeBron James and the best game of Victor Oladipo’s young career. Let’s take a look at the three takeaways that made this game one of the best of the season.
Glen Davis turned it up
Glen Davis made his season debut for the Orlando Magic after missing 296 days due to various foot ailments. Players that have a long layoff are supposed to come back rusty. However, Davis bucked that trend by leading the Orlando Magic in scoring with 20 points. Davis showcased some nice shooting touch, made several quick, decisive moves in the post and played with an energy that only Victor Oladipo has been able to produce. The veteran looked every bit like the Davis that helped the Magic get off to a 12-13 start last season by providing the extra effort plays that are crucial to winning. Whether it’s diving for a loose ball or diving head first into the stands in an attempt to save a possession, Davis did all he could to give the Magic the chance at the end. Only LeBron James’ two-point jumper over Arron Afflalo with 15 seconds remaining could rain on Davis’ return to the court.
Victor Oladipo Provides Glimpses of a young Dwyane Wade
Victor Oladipo showcased his amazing athleticism and set the tone that this was going to be a different game against the Heat. Oladipo scored 17 points for the Magic against the Miami Heat, which is one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. Even more important is that Oladipo only accounted for one turnover after turning the ball over eight times against the Heat on Wednesday. The other area that the rookie improved upon was his ability to get to the free throw line. Tonight, Oladipo did a good job of turning his shoulder or back into the defender as well as protecting the basketball when he attacks the basket. Oladipo ended up going 8-for-9 from the free throw line and provided the energy that the Magic have come to expect.
Dwyane Wade makes his return
Saturday night saw the return of Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat’s lineup after missing the last week due to tendonitis in his knees. Wade led all players in scoring with 27 points and was the key figure in the Miami Heat coming back from the 16-point deficit.
- E’Twaun Moore was a key player for the Magic off the bench accounting for 14 points including going 4-for-4 from the 3-point range.
- The Miami Heat started the game 0-for-6 from the 3-point line after shooting 15-for-24 from long distance on Wednesday.
- Victor Oladipo narrowly missed the shot that would have allowed the Magic to tie the game after Arron Afflalo’s layup attempt through traffic clanged off the rim.
- LeBron James had 22 points for the Heat including the eventual game winner. James also showcased his incredible ability as a passer with two pinpoint passes to Ray Allen at the 3-point line.
- The Orlando Magic will return home on Sunday to take on the Phoenix Suns. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.