Oladipo’s 45 Not Enough as Magic Fall to Cavs

By on March 19, 2016

 Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) drives to the basket as Cleveland Cavaliers forward Channing Frye (9) defends. Oladipo scored a game high 45 points but the Magic lost to the Cavs. (photo Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports)

Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) drives to the basket as Cleveland Cavaliers forward Channing Frye (9) defends. Oladipo scored a game high 45 points but the Magic lost to the Cavs. (photo Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports)

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Magic came up short against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, losing 103-109 to a nearly sold-out house at the Amway Center. This was easily the closest game of the season series for Orlando, despite missing starters Elfrid Payton and Nikola Vucevic. The shorthanded Magic led for most of the first three quarters behind Victor Oladipo’s career-high 45 points.

For Orlando, the otherwise solid game was dampened by an offensively inept fourth quarter. The team managed just 17 points in the period – six of which came from the streaking Oladipo. Without the rebounding presence of Vucevic, the Magic would give up 10 boards to Cavs center Tristan Thompson alone. Behind Thompson’s nine points in the quarter and Irving’s 10, the Magic were outscored by two players.

The Cavs rolled into Orlando playing some of their best basketball of the season, having won eight of their last 10 games. Their three-head monster of All-Stars LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love seemed to be hitting their stride, but it would be Magic guard Victor Oladipo who would steal the show.

The Magic would score the first basket of the game and never trail in the first quarter. Their defense swarmed on the ball and limited opportunities, while Oladipo took control on the other end. He played all 12 minutes of the first quarter, and logged 16 points (6-of-8), four rebounds, and two assists.

Despite the star power on Cleveland’s roster, the Magic would struggle against the backups more than the starters. Kevin Love would only play 23 minutes total, but his 11 points in the second quarter would result in the Cavs’ largest lead of the game as they roared back in the period.

The three-ball was a major issue for the Magic defense at halftime, as they gave up 10-of-17 from beyond the arc in the first half. After the hot start, Cleveland would only hit 3-of-11 from three in the second half, but outscore the Magic 18-8 in the paint.

There would be no third quarter collapse for the Magic, as Oladipo stayed hot. He would score 15 in the period, willing his team past a halftime deficit right back into the driver’s seat. The team played a very efficient third quarter, hitting 83% of their free throws, 80% of their threes, and 56% of their shots. With another full quarter played by Oladipo, it seemed that the Magic were running out of gas as the period came to an end.

Orlando would enter the fourth quarter with a three-point lead, but quickly commit two fouls and a turnover. This tied the game and sent forward Evan Fournier to the bench with his fifth foul. With the Magic down another man, the physicality of Tristan Thompson and LeBron James would stifle any hopes of an Orlando comeback. Though the Cavs shot only 38% in the period, they grabbed five offensive rebounds, and hit 8-of-12 from the free throw line to put the Magic away.

When asked about Thompson’s affect on the end of the game, James commented “The extra possessions…going to the free throw line…screening and rolling. He gave us that spark we needed.”

Channing Frye was also solid in his first game back in Orlando as a member of the Cavs. The former Magic man scored eight points, hit 2-of-4 from three, and wracked up a +13 plus/minus while playing down the stretch in the fourth quarter.

Victor Oladipo’s 45 points were more than he’s ever scored at any level of his career. He did this while shooting 72% from the field, 6-of-7 from three, and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. The performance went beyond just points, as he also tallied five rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocks.

As teammate Evan Fournier put it, “(Victor) was great. He was amazing tonight. He was making plays and playing aggressively. He carried us, basically.”

The Magic (29-39) will begin a tough road stretch after this one, traveling to Toronto, Boston, Detroit, and Miami before returning home on Saturday.

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STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
K. LovePF 23 5-10 3-5 1-2 1 5 6 2 0 0 3 3 -5 14
L. JamesSF 36 6-15 0-3 6-6 1 6 7 8 1 1 4 3 -5 18
T. MozgovC 13 3-4 0-0 1-2 2 2 4 0 0 0 1 2 -14 7
K. IrvingPG 40 9-17 2-3 6-6 0 1 1 5 0 0 5 1 +7 26
J.R. SmithSG 24 3-7 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 -3 8
BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
C. FryePF 21 5-8 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 3 +9 14
R. JeffersonSF 13 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 +9 2
T. ThompsonC 28 3-6 0-0 5-9 4 11 15 1 4 2 2 2 +14 11
M. DellavedovaPG 21 0-2 0-1 1-2 0 4 4 1 0 0 2 2 +6 1
I. ShumpertSG 22 3-6 2-5 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 1 +12 8
S. KaunC DNP-COACH’S DECISION
J. McRaeSG DNP-COACH’S DECISION
J. JonesSG DNP-COACH’S DECISION
TEAM 38-76 13-28 20-27 9 32 41 23 7 4 19 21 109
50.0% 46.4% 74.1%
STARTERS MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
A. GordonPF 31 2-8 1-2 2-4 3 7 10 3 0 0 1 2 +5 7
D. DedmonC 18 2-3 0-0 2-2 0 6 6 1 0 1 1 2 +5 6
B. JenningsPG 32 1-8 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 7 1 0 2 0 +4 2
E. FournierSG 36 6-15 2-3 4-4 2 2 4 2 2 0 1 6 +5 18
V. OladipoSG 39 16-22 6-7 7-8 1 4 5 3 3 2 3 3 -1 45
BENCH MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
E. IlyasovaPF 20 3-8 0-3 1-2 2 3 5 2 1 0 2 0 -10 7
J. SmithPF 25 4-10 0-0 2-2 1 4 5 1 3 1 1 4 -10 10
D. MarbleSF 5 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 -8 0
C.J. WatsonPG 16 2-4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 -10 5
M. HezonjaSG 16 1-3 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 2 -10 3
A. NicholsonPF DNP-COACH’S DECISION
E. PaytonPG DNP-RIGHT ELBOW
S. NapierPG DNP-COACH’S DECISION
TEAM 37-82 11-22 18-22 9 27 36 24 12 4 13 24 103
45.1% 50.0% 81.8%
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