On Saturday, the Orlando Magic and Dallas Mavericks engaged in one of the more entertaining regular season games in the NBA this year. For those a fan of offense, the Magic and Mavericks did not disappoint — much to the dismay of head coach Stan Van Gundy, who preaches a defense-first mentality every minute of every hour of every day.
Orlando and Dallas entered the fourth quarter separated by one point. But in the blink of an eye, the Magic went on a furious 26-3 run highlighted by Hedo Turkoglu‘s playmaking prowess in the 3/5 pick and roll with Dwight Howard. In total, Turkoglu was able to pile up 17 assists in the game (five coming in the final period).
Turkoglu’s 17 assists were a career-high and the most by an Orlando player since Penny Hardaway in 1995. Not bad, eh? And when Turkoglu got a triple-double against the Golden State Warriors last week, he surpassed Hardaway and Tracy McGrady as the most players with a triple-double in Magic franchise history.
Maybe Turkoglu should be nicknamed the “Penny Hardaway of Turkey” instead.