Magic Musings: Orlando drops marathon game to 76ers
Career-best nights from Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis and Victor Oladipo weren’t enough to keep the Orlando Magic from starting 0-2 on their six-game road trip.
Afflalo, Davis and Oladipo all logged more than 48 minutes in the Magic’s 126-125 double-overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Coach Jacque Vaughn even had to use both Andrew Nicholson and Ronnie Price for more than 36 minutes on a night when the Magic were without Nikola Vucevic, who sprained his left ankle Monday night at Washington after tripping over a cameraman.
Afflalo, who established a career high Nov. 13 with 36 points in a win over Milwaukee, topped that against the Sixers with 43. He forced a second overtime by nailing all three free throws after being fouled with 12.1 seconds to go.
In his fifth start since coming back from a foot injury, Davis had 33 points before fouling out. And Oladipo recorded his first triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists while turning the ball over only three times.
But the absence of Vucevic, who had 21 points and 16 rebounds against the Sixers last week, was glaring on the boards. The Magic were outrebounded 56-34 and gave up 20 offensive boards in their first double-overtime game since a loss March 28, 2007, at Boston.
The Magic scored 34 points in the first quarter and led by nine on several occasions during the second quarter before the Sixers, who had dropped four in a row and eight of their previous nine, came to life.
The turning point
Davis failed to convert a three-point play opportunity that would have tied the game at 121 with 3:26 to go in double overtime. The Magic didn’t score again until a tip-in by Nicholson with 12 seconds remaining.
The difference maker
Sixers rookie guard Michael Carter-Williams also came up with a triple-double, finishing with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Seven of his rebounds came on the offensive end.
Stat of the game
Davis was only 6 of 40 from 3-point range for his career until he tied the game at 104 with 18.4 seconds to go in regulation.
Friday night at New York, 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Florida).