Magic & Oladipo Cruise to Victory

By on November 26, 2015

Victor Oladipo hit 13 of his 24 from the charity stripe to lead the Magic in scoring. (photo Reinhold Matay / USA TODAY Sports)

Victor Oladipo hit 13 of his 24 from the charity stripe to lead the Magic in scoring. (photo Reinhold Matay / USA TODAY Sports)

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Magic (7-8) cruised into a rare comfortable victory against the New York Knicks (8-8) on Wednesday night, winning by a score of 100-91. On the night before Thanksgiving, home fans were able to enjoy a season high 24 points from shooting guard Victor Oladipo, who led the team in that category despite coming off the bench. Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who recorded 28 points and 13 rebounds, treated the visiting crowd to a stellar night as well.

“I grew up a lot over the last 24 hours, as a man and as a basketball player,” said Oladipo, who played starter’s minutes (26:11) despite not having his named called in the starting five. Coach Skiles stressed in this morning’s shootaround that the move was to bolster the second unit, not punish the budding star.

Oladipo said he was “Playing with a little chip on [his] shoulder” coming into the game, and the results were obvious. The former number two overall pick got to the line 15 times – converting 13 – after having a season high of four free throws attempted in a game.

The Magic’s success went beyond Oladipo, as they had four players in double figures on the night. Center Nikola Vucevic overcame a 3-of-9 first half to finish with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Tobias Harris also netted a double-double, scoring 17 with 10 boards.

This type of team success was exactly what the Knicks lacked, relying on two players to score 58% of their points. In addition to Melo’s 28 on the scoreboard, Jose Calderon put up 25, making 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Outside of those two, the rest of the Knicks combined for 14-52 (27%) from the floor.

“We couldn’t sustain any level of poise and intensity throughout the game,” said Knicks coach Derek Fisher, “…We just couldn’t put a full game together tonight.”

Although his team was cold, Carmelo proved a tough matchup for the Magic. The former scoring champion led all players in points for most of the game, but thanks to the efforts of Orlando forwards Tobias Harris and Aaron Gordon, he was not able to beat the Magic by himself.

The Knicks were outscored in the first and second quarters, and never went on a run big enough to tie the Magic after the first period. The biggest roadblock for the Knicks seemed to be a seven-minute stretch early in the second in which they didn’t make a shot from the field.

The third quarter has often been the bane of the Magic’s hot starts this season, but on Wednesday they would escape it only being outscored 26-28. During the period, the Magic would face their only real scare on the night, as the Knicks started off hot and cut the lead to 3 on a Melo three-pointer. Nikola Vucevic kept the Magic steady during the Knicks’ run, scoring 10 points and grabbing four boards as the team regained momentum.

All of this led to a relatively tame fourth quarter, where the Magic led by as much as 15.

The Magic have a big week ahead, playing their next two at home against Eastern Conference teams. First they take on the Bucks at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, then the Celtics at 6:00 P.M. on Sunday.

1 2 3 4 T
NY 17 18 28 28 91
ORL 20 26 26 28 100
New York Knicks
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Kristaps Porzingis, PF 36 3-13 0-4 4-6 2 6 8 3 0 6 2 1 -2 10
Carmelo Anthony, SF 35 9-17 3-4 7-9 3 10 13 3 1 0 2 4 +4 28
Robin Lopez, C 23 4-8 0-0 0-0 5 7 12 3 0 2 0 1 +4 8
Jose Calderon, PG 35 8-14 4-8 3-4 0 3 3 4 1 0 1 1 0 23
Arron Afflalo, SG 31 4-11 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 3 +2 10
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Lou Amundson, PF 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Seraphin, PF 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 -13 0
Kyle O’Quinn, PF 12 2-6 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 1 0 1 -12 4
Lance Thomas, SF 19 1-3 0-1 4-4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -8 6
Langston Galloway, PG 16 0-5 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 5 -10 0
Jerian Grant, PG 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 -7 0
Sasha Vujacic, SG 14 0-3 0-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 4 -3 2
Derrick Williams, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
31-83 9-27 20-25 12 35 47 16 2 10 11 23 91
37.3% 33.3% 80.0%
Fast break points:   0
Points in the paint:   26
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   12 (10)
+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.

Orlando Magic

STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Channing Frye, PF 20 1-5 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 -2 3
Tobias Harris, SF 34 4-6 1-1 8-8 0 10 10 2 0 1 1 2 +7 17
Evan Fournier, SF 21 1-9 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 -3 3
Nikola Vucevic, C 32 10-19 0-0 2-2 8 4 12 2 1 2 2 4 +1 22
Elfrid Payton, PG 36 6-12 0-1 0-1 2 4 6 11 0 0 2 2 +1 12
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Aaron Gordon, PF 17 0-4 0-0 2-4 3 2 5 1 0 2 0 3 +4 2
Jason Smith, PF 15 3-3 0-0 2-2 0 3 3 0 1 1 1 3 +10 8
Andrew Nicholson, PF 25 3-9 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 1 +9 7
Devyn Marble, SF 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -2 0
Shabazz Napier, PG 12 1-4 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 +8 2
Mario Hezonja, SG 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
Victor Oladipo, SG 26 5-15 1-4 13-15 0 4 4 2 0 0 0 1 +14 24
Dewayne Dedmon, C DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
34-86 5-16 27-32 15 33 48 20 2 7 7 21 100
39.5% 31.3% 84.4%
Fast break points:   5
Points in the paint:   32
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   8 (11)
+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.

 Flagrant Fouls: None
 Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: 1 NEW YORK ( Anthony 1 ) – TEAMS: None – COACHES: None
 Officials: Pat Fraher, Kane Fitzgerald, Aaron Smith
 Attendance: 18,846
 Time of Game: 2:18

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