The Orlando Magic defeated the Indiana Pacers 93-92 on Sunday.
The Magic are officially rolling into the All-Star break. On Friday, the Magic defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team with the 2nd best record in the NBA. Sunday, the Magic followed up that win by beating the Pacers, who have the best record in the NBA. Let’s take a look at the three takeaways from the Magic’s monumental win.
Rough 2nd quarter
The Orlando Magic looked good in the 1st quarter and only trailed 31-28 heading into the 2nd quarter. However, the Pacers used it’s tenacious defense to shut down the Magic offense in the 2nd quarter.
They went from scoring 28 points in the 1st quarter to 15 points in the 2nd quarter and shot 35 percent from the field.
#Magic made 11 of their first 18 shots early in the game. Since then, they have made just 11 of 40. Indy No. 1 in NBA in ppg and FG% allowed
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) February 10, 2014
One consistent player throughout the 1st half for the Magic was center Nikola Vucevic, who had 1o points at halftime. He finished with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds against one of the best defensive centers in the NBA in Roy Hibbert.
Victor Oladipo takes over 4th quarter
On Friday, Tobias Harris may have scored the game-winning dunk, but Oladipo was the catalyst that led to the go-ahead score. Against the Pacers, Oladipo took over the entire 4th quarter with 13 points and finished with a game-high 23 points for the Magic.
4th quarter team
The Magic are quickly becoming a team that closes out games with strong 4th quarter performances. Thanks to Oladipo, the Magic outscored the Pacers 29-18 in the 4th quarter. Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn also made several good decisions in the last minute of the 4th quarter to help ensure a Magic win. Vaughn called a a pair of timeouts to prevent a five-second violation, when Oladipo couldn’t get the ball inbounds. The next timeout came when Oladipo successfully inbounded the ball to Arron Afflalo. However, the Pacers responded with a strong trap that forced Vaughn to call a timeout to prevent a turnover.
Magic have outscored Thunder & Pacers by a combined 52-32 in 4th quarter in beating each of them by 1 point
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 10, 2014
The next game for the Magic will be against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. In the 1st match up on Dec. 9, the Grizzlies beat the Magic 94-85, which featured a double-double performance by Zach Randolph. Tip-off from the Amway Center in Orlando is set for 7 p.m.