On Friday, the Orlando Magic came back from a large deficit against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team with the best record in the NBA this season, and earned a 103-102 victory thanks to a last-second dunk from Tobias Harris. For one night, it seemed like Orlando had caught a little, uh, magic in a bottle.
However, on Sunday night, Orlando cooked up another comeback, this time against the team with the second best record in the league: the Indiana Pacers. Trailing by 10 points heading into the fourth quarter, the Magic limited Indiana to just 18 points in the final period while scoring 29 of their own to earn a 93-92 victory.
While Nikola Vucevic had a surprisingly big night against the formidable Pacers frontcourt as he put up 19 points, 13 rebounds and a block, it was rookie guard Victor Oladipo that stole the show and carried the Magic to their second consecutive upset victory at home.
Playing 33 minutes off of the bench, Oladipo put up 23 points, four assists, four rebounds and two steals while shooting 8-18 from the floor and 6-7 from the foul line. The rookie also had 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, helping lead the charge for the magic to get back in the game and ultimately grab a victory.
For Orlando, this season is pretty much lost. At just 16-37 at this point in the season, the playoffs are a virtual impossibility for this team, but that’s not wholly the goal of this team either. Coming into the year, this organization was looking to develop their young, talented roster and continue building for a brighter future. With how they’ve played over these past two games, showing heart and a ton of skill, it seems like Orlando is well on their way to achieving their goals.