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15-24 FG | 4-5 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 35 PTS | +9
This was Oladipo’s best game as a pro. Far better than his triple-double performance against the Philadelphia 76ers on December 3, considering the quality of competition. It’s not every day that you see Jimmy Butler (an elite defender) get torched defensively, but that’s what happened. There were times when Butler looked completely overwhelmed trying to defend Oladipo off the dribble. To say Oladipo took advantage would be an understatement.
13-30 FG | 3-13 3P | 6 REB | 10 AST | 31 PTS | -3
Whipping out the “Big Balls Dance” (patented by Sam Cassell), after making a midrange jumper to tie things up at 101 apiece with 11.2 seconds left in regulation, resulted in a $15,000 fine for Nelson. It would have been worth it had the Magic won. Instead, the celebration serves as nothing more than a footnote from a wild and crazy game.
10-16 FG | 1-3 3P | 16 REB | 2 AST | 22 PTS | +5
Unlike his other Magic teammates, Harris put up big numbers but did so in quiet fashion. He refrained from chucking up jumpers and instead attacked the rim, doing so with great success, just like Oladipo and Nelson. And with Nikola Vucevic out, Harris picked up the slack in the rebounding department, though he had trouble — at times — keeping Joakim Noah off the offensive glass.
7-18 FG | 1-3 3P | 9 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -1
You have to wonder what goes through Big Baby’s head sometimes. With Orlando trailing 126-125 in triple overtime, Augustin missed a layup with 10.9 seconds left that would have extended the Bulls’ lead to three. Nelson raced down the court and passed the ball to Davis, who proceeded to shoot a 3-pointer and have it partially blocked by Butler, resulting in an air ball. Why take that shot?
There was a point in the third quarter when it looked like Chicago was going to suffer an embarrassing blowout loss to the Magic. Kyle O’Quinn just went coast-to-coast for a layup off a steal to extend Orlando’s lead to 15. But the Bulls, stubborn as they are, never gave up and got themselves a hard-earned road victory in triple overtime.
Via NBA press release:
Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson has been fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture during the Magic’s 128-125 loss in triple overtime to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Amway Center, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.
Nelson’s actions occurred with 0:11 remaining in the 4th quarter of the game.
- Teams: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic
- Date: January 15, 2014
- Time: 7:00 p.m.
- Television: Fox Sports Florida
- Arena: Amway Center
- Bulls: 17-18
- Magic: 10-28
- Kirk Hinrich
- Jimmy Butler
- Mike Dunleavy
- Carlos Boozer
- Joakim Noah
- Jameer Nelson
- Victor Oladipo
- Maurice Harkless
- Tobias Harris
- Glen Davis
- Pace: 90.5 (28th of 30)
- Offensive Rating: 99.7 (29th of 30)
- Defensive Rating: 100.4 (2nd of 30)
- Pace: 94.1 (16th of 30)
- Offensive Rating: 100.1 (27th of 30)
- Defensive Rating: 106.5 (17th of 30)
Read about the Bulls
- Zach Lowe of Grantland: “It has been a bit of a rough go for Oladipo after a promising start. He’s shooting just 41 percent, and an icy 29 percent from deep; he’s lost his starting spot twice; and his turnover rate is scary. But the dude plays hard, he gets to the line, and the Magic are right to stretch him a bit as a ball handler.”
- The Orlando Magic got blown out on the road. What else is new?
- Watching the Magic’s last eight games during their losing streak “have been a huge waste of time” as one writer puts it.
- “Oladipo has a chance to become an elite scorer in the NBA.”
- It was a rough West Coast road trip for Orlando, as they went 0-5, but that hasn’t stopped head coach Jacque Vaughn from finding positives.
- Arron Afflalo is a worthy All-Star candidate.
- Is it time to start Victor Oladipo at point guard and slide Jameer Nelson to the bench? Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel thinks so.
- Matt Moore of CBSSports.com on Vaughn’s coaching job to date: “Vaughn seems to do more than you’d expect with this roster, just like he did last year, but then you look at the overall record. They seem to have a plan on offense and an idea on defense, but the translation of execution isn’t there. Still too early to judge Vaughn, but there’s some stuff there to like.”
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7-14 FG | 4-8 3P | 2 REB | 7 AST | 21 PTS | -12
With Nikola Vucevic (concussion) and Arron Afflalo (foot) out with injuries, Nelson took it upon himself to carry the load offensively with the Magic’s two best players sidelined. And he did his part, drilling 3-pointers and getting to the rim, making Orlando’s short-handed offense look somewhat competent. But in the grand scheme of things, it didn’t matter, as the Magic got blown out (again).
8-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 STL | 8 REB | 19 PTS | -6
After a quiet first half, Big Baby turned it up in the third quarter, scoring 10 points in the period and helping Orlando go on a 16-4 run to cut an 18-point halftime deficit to six. He made a few midrange jump shots and some awkward-looking jump hooks during his scoring spree. The Mavericks undid Davis’ damage by responding with a 12-0 run.
5-11 FG | 1-4 3P | 7 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -19
Harkless had one of his better games of the season. His alley-oop dunk in transition early in the third quarter was pretty to watch, but it was his shot selection throughout the game that was more impressive to see. He was either attempting shots at the rim or behind the 3-point line (while also getting to the free throw line), eschewing the midrange jumper in favor of quality shots.
4-11 FG | 1-3 3P | 3 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -8
The last time Oladipo played against Dallas, he committed nine turnovers, getting himself in a lot of trouble trying to split the double-team when the Mavericks trapped Oladipo in the pick-and-roll. Dallas showed the same look to Oladipo in tonight’s game, but he did a better job of being patient and not trying to make a play that wasn’t there.
The Mavericks jumped on a bad Magic team, building a double-digit lead that ballooned to as many as 22 in the second quarter, as Orlando — undermanned and outgunned — could not keep up with Dallas. The Magic, as previously mentioned, made things interesting in the third quarter thanks to Davis getting hot, but make no mistake, the Mavericks were never in danger of losing the game.