Denton: Magic at Sixers Analysis (12/3/13)


Orlando’s hopes for the victory all but ended with 6.9 seconds remaining in the second overtime when Afflalo couldn’t connect on what would have been a tying 3-pointer with the Magic down 125-122. Afflalo did not score in the second overtime, quite possibly because he played 52 minutes in the game. Philadelphia’s James Anderson sealed the win for the Sixers with a free throw with 1.2 seconds remaining.

Afflalo did throw in a final 3-pointer at the buzzer, but it left the Magic short by a point.

``Obviously I’m upset that we lost, but under the circumstances of how we were able to stay in the game I’m extremely proud of the guys and what they did tonight,’’ Afflalo said. ``We had some career effort all around the board. … That’s just a really long game to lose by one (point).’’

Orlando (6-12) got career-best nights from Afflalo (43 points), Davis (33 points) and Oladipo (26 points), but the gutsy efforts weren’t enough on a night that will surprisingly live in Magic lore for years to come. Oladipo, the Magic’s prized pick from last June’s NBA Draft, had 10 assists and 10 rebounds to go with his career-best 26 points for the first triple-double of his young NBA career.

Philadelphia (7-12) also got a triple-double performance from electrifying rookie Michael Carter-Williams. The 6-foot-6 points guard had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to carry a Sixers team that has been much better than most expected this season. Evan Turner had 24 points before fouling out early in the second overtime, while Thaddeus Young chipped in 25 points.


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