Magic outlast Knicks in double-overtime


Stephen M. Dowell / Orlando Sentinel / MCT

Magic guard Victor Oladipo was one rebound shy of a triple-double in Friday’s double-overtime win over the Knicks.

The Orlando Magic overcame 44 points from Carmelo Anthony to pick up a 129-121 win over the New York Knicks in double-overtime on Friday night in front of an announced crowd of 16,498.

Orlando benefited from 32 points from Arron Afflalo, 30 points from Victor Oladipo and 22 points from Tobias Harris. Oladipo scored 10 of his 30 points in the two overtimes to help the Magic eventually put the Knicks away.

“It was fun to be a part of,” said Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn. “[Oladipo] played a lot of the first and the beginning of the second a little bit and I didn’t put him back in before the half hoping that he would have a lot of juice for us in the second half and boy did he have a lot of juice.”

Anthony added 11 rebounds to his 44-point performance, but said after the game that he felt the Knicks gave the game away.

“We were up and had a comfortable lead,” said Anthony. “They fought back and never quit. They sent it to one overtime and then another overtime.”

The Magic came into the game 0-4 in overtime, and Vaughn said it felt good to finally get an overtime win.

“We were down 14 points at one point and we could’ve hung our heads then,” said Vaughn. “We kept pushing each other, pulling for each other and good things happened.”

Afflalo ended his night limping off of the court in the second overtime after suffering a right ankle injury. Vaughn said following the game that the ankle is sprained and he is considered day-to-day.

The Magic begin a four-game road trip starting Sunday in Toronto, and return to Orlando to play the 76ers on Sunday, March 2.