New Additions Jennings, Ilyasova Lead Magic to OT Win

By on February 20, 2016

 

Feb 19, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Brandon Jennings (55) drives to the basket against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half at Amway Center. Orlando defeated Dallas 110-104. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

 Magic guard Brandon Jennings drives to the basket during the second half. (photo  Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports)

ORLANDO, Fla. –The Orlando Magic outlasted the Dallas Mavericks 110-104 in yet another overtime thriller on Friday night at the Amway Center. This drama was par for the course for both teams, as Dallas and Orlando lead the league with nine and eight overtime games respectively. The Magic came out of the gate hot, but needed to erase a 14-point lead to edge out the sharpshooting Mavericks.

The All-Star break seemed to work wonders on the Magic, as they put together a 31-13 first quarter over the sixth-place Dallas Mavericks. The offense was effective inside and outside, led by center Nikola Vucevic and shooting guard Victor Oladipo. When the buzzer sounded, the normally inconsistent Magic had dominated the perennial playoff contenders for an entire quarter – leading by as much as 21.

As the game wore on, however, the Mavs continued to do damage from beyond the arc. With four minutes left in the half, Dallas point guard Deron Williams converted a four point play to cut the Magic lead to five. The Mavs would hit 9-of-14 of their threes in the second quarter, and finish with 38 points in the period – all but erasing the sizable Magic lead by halftime.

Dallas would carry this momentum into the third, and ultimately knock Orlando back on their heels with a 22-7 run in the middle of the quarter. The outlook seemed bleak as Mavs small forward Chandler Parson began to take over – raining down four threes for 12 points as hope seemed to leave the Amway Center.

Just when it seemed that the Magic would collapse, the team rallied together and played one more incredible quarter to force overtime.

In the fourth, Orlando had zero turnovers and eight players scored. It was the kind of efficient, defensive, team basketball that has characterized the Magic at their best this season. Newly acquired point guard Brandon Jennings hit two early threes to get the offense in rhythm, and swingman Evan Fournier buried a clutch layup to tie the game in the waning seconds.

As the arena exploded and a timeout was called, a scary reality began to set in. With 12 seconds on the clock, it would be former finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki that would take the final shot. In a déjà vu of last week’s loss to the Spurs, it would be 20-year-old Aaron Gordon that against one of the best scorers in NBA history.

Dirk caught the ball and drove into Gordon, but he didn’t budge. With time expiring, the seven-footer launched one of his signature fadeaway shots, only to see it clang off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

In overtime, the Magic held the Mavs to only six points and trailed for only one minute. They leaned on their leader Oladipo who hit two daggers – one from three, and a finger-roll that all but sealed the game with just over a minute left to go. The crowd was electric as the outcome became clear. This young team rose to the occasion and confidently handled a veteran group with a championship core.

Many wondered how the team would look following the departure of starting forward Tobias Harris during yesterday’s trade deadline. The new pieces, point guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova, made an immediate and noticeable impact on today’s win.

Ilyasova scored 16 points and grabbed five boards before fouling out in the fourth quarter. He and Gordon were tasked with guarding Dirk, and held him to just 11 points. Jennings was asked to lead the team in overtime, and added a new dimension to the offense with his shooting off the bench. The former Piston played 24 minutes, only four fewer than starter Elfrid Payton, and contributed 18 points, four assists, and four threes.

Oladipo filled up the stat sheet in the win, netting a team-high 14 rebounds to go with his 17 points. Vucevic turned in a reliable 21 points and 12 rebounds, battling all game with Mavs center Zaza Pachulia. Though the Magic would win the rebounding battle 63-45, Pachulia chipped in a herculean 19 boards.

This win puts the Magic at 24-29 on the season, good enough for eleventh in the Eastern Conference. Their overtime record is now 3-5, though they have won two straight thanks to their last meeting with the Hawks. For their next game, the Magic will stay home and take on the Pacers on Sunday at seven P.M.

DAL

ORL

1 2 3 4 OT1 T
13 38 30 17 6 104
31 25 16 26 12 110
DALLAS MAVERICKS (29-27)
FIELD GOALSREBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
C. Parsons F 36:24 9-11 6-7 0-0 -3 0 4 4 4 0 2 4 3 0 24
D. Nowitzki F 38:56 4-16 2-7 1-3 -7 0 3 3 1 2 1 1 1 0 11
Z. Pachulia C 40:24 3-9 0-0 5-8 +6 4 15 19 2 2 3 4 0 2 11
W. Matthews G 36:47 2-10 1-7 0-0 -9 0 3 3 2 2 0 1 0 0 5
D. Williams G 41:38 9-18 5-9 2-3 0 0 4 4 7 1 1 4 1 1 25
R. Felton 26:05 1-5 0-1 0-0 -10 0 4 4 5 1 0 2 0 0 2
S. Mejri 04:40 0-0 0-0 0-0 -5 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Anderson 02:20 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
J.J. Barea 22:05 5-10 2-3 3-4 +3 0 2 2 2 1 0 1 0 1 15
D. Powell 03:57 0-0 0-0 0-0 -4 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
C. Villanueva 11:44 4-8 3-6 0-0 -1 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 11
J. Evans DNP – COACH’S DECISION
J. McGee DNP – COACH’S DECISION
Total 265 37-89 19-41 11-18 6 39 45 23 12 8 18 6 4 104
41.6% 46.3% 61.1% TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18
ORLANDO MAGIC (24-29)
FIELD GOALSREBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
E. Fournier F 42:12 4-11 1-5 0-0 +8 1 5 6 8 2 0 1 0 2 9
A. Gordon F 27:58 3-8 1-2 0-0 +3 3 8 11 1 4 6 2 0 0 7
N. Vucevic C 34:52 8-20 0-0 5-5 +10 3 9 12 3 2 1 4 2 1 21
V. Oladipo G 41:33 6-18 3-9 2-2 +15 2 12 14 3 3 2 2 0 0 17
E. Payton G 28:18 4-9 1-3 0-0 +8 1 2 3 3 1 0 0 1 1 9
E. Ilyasova 23:09 5-11 2-4 4-6 -4 2 3 5 2 6 1 1 0 2 16
M. Hezonja 16:28 1-3 0-2 0-0 +9 0 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
B. Jennings 24:42 5-12 4-9 4-4 -2 1 2 3 4 1 0 2 0 0 18
J. Smith 18:08 5-10 1-1 0-0 -4 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 11
C.J. Watson 07:40 0-0 0-0 0-0 -13 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Marble DNP – COACH’S DECISION
S. Napier DNP – COACH’S DECISION
A. Nicholson DNP – COACH’S DECISION
Total 265 41-102 13-35 15-17 14 49 63 25 20 10 12 4 6 110
40.2% 37.1% 88.2% TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 12

INACTIVE

  • Mavericks: Harris, Jenkins
  • Magic: Cunningham, Dedmon

TECHNICAL FOULS

  • Mavericks:
  • Magic:

SCORING

  • Lead Changes: 4
  • Times Tied: 3

ARENA STATS

  • Arena: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
  • Officials: #41 Ken Mauer, #11 Derrick Collins, #66 Haywoode Workman
  • Attendance: 17764
  • Duration: 2:27
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