The Orlando Magic (6-11) lost a tough double-overtime game to the Philadelphia 76ers (7-12) 126-125 on Tuesday. On the 2nd game of a back-to-back the Magic played inspired basketball well past the usual 48 minutes. Arron Afflalo, Victor Oladipo and Glen Davis each played 50 minutes or more for the Magic and were absolutely exhausted during the 2nd overtime. Let’s take a closer look at the game to see what contributed to this instant classic between two young and talented teams.
Magic trio dominates
The trio of Afflalo, Oladipo and Davis accounted for 102 points each posted career-highs in scoring. Afflalo continued his ridiculous start to the NBA season on Tuesday with a career-high 43 points. Of those 43 points, none of those were as crucial as the three free throw shots that Afflalo was forced to drain after 76ers guard Evan Turner fouled Afflalo on a 3-point shot attempt. Afflalo made all three free throws to tie the game at 118 with 12 seconds remaining in the first overtime, those shots would send the Magic into the 2nd overtime.
Davis was also an offensive dynamo for the Magic as he scored 33 points and made his only 3-point shot attempt of the season so far. That 3-point attempt could not have come at a more crucial time for the Magic. With 12 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter, Davis got the ball just beyond the 3-point line, he pumped and when the 76ers defender decided not to defend the jumper, Davis rose up and knocked down the 3-point jump shot to tie the game at 104 and send it into the first overtime.
Victor Oladipo was sensational and recorded his first career triple-double. The rookie had a career-high of 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Future Rivalry Emerges
Magic Johnson had Larry Bird, LeBron James has Carmelo Anthony and now Victor Oladipo has Michael Carter-Williams. These three pairings are all inextricably linked due to each pair having emerged from the same draft class. While it’s premature to compare Oladipo and Carter-Williams to current and potential hall of famers such as Johnson, Bird, James and Anthony, the roots are definitely in place for a rivalry to blossom between the two lottery draft picks. Oladipo was not the only rookie who had a triple-double, as Carter-Williams posted his own and bested Oladipo’s team thanks to a 27 point, 12 rebound and 10 assist performance. The outstanding game turned in by both rookies is already in the NBA record books.
First time in the history of the NBA that two rookies notch a triple-double in the same game.
— Orlando Magic Stuff (@ORLMagicStuff) December 4, 2013
Magic get dominated on the glass
Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic sat out of Tuesday’s game with an ankle injury. Due to the injury, Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn was forced to insert 6’7″ Jason Maxiell into Vucevic’s spot in the starting lineup. Without Vucevic, the Magic were decimated on the glass and were out rebounded 56 to 34 overall. The Magic particularly struggled to get defensive rebounds (20 offensive rebounds to the Magic’s eight) and allowed way too many 2nd chance opportunities for the 76ers. Oladipo was the only Magic player to reach double-digits in rebounding with 10, which is clearly not good enough if the goal is to win games on the road.
- Despite his struggles on the glass, Maxiell did start the game strong offensively for the Magic finishing with 12 points.
- Michael Carter-Williams was sensational, but the Magic were able to force the rookie to turn the ball over seven times.
- The next game for the Magic will be on Friday in New York to take on the New York Knicks. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.