Denton: Magic vs. Bulls Analysis (12/16/13)


With the Magic up one with 19.4 seconds remaining, the Magic were able to dribble out 13 seconds before Afflalo was fouled. He made one of two free throws and Orlando was able to avoid a last-second dagger when Luol Deng incredibly missed a layup try with two seconds left. Oladipo got beat on the back-door cut, but recovered in time for a key contest to make Deng miss.

Davis rebounded the miss and sealed the victory with two free throws with 1.7 seconds left. ``Yeah, my heart skipped a beat a little bit,’’ Davis said of the layup look that Deng missed. ``He was wide open and I can’t believe that he missed it. But the basketball gods rewarded us.’’

The Magic would need all of their points as Chicago’s Mike Dunleavy buried a 45-foot 3-pointer at the horn for the one-point margin.

Added Vaughn: ``We were holding on and surviving. This game was a first-one-to-80 (points wins) kind of game. It was good to win.’’

The victory for the Magic (8-17) was a continuation of the stellar play put forth a night earlier in a narrow loss in Oklahoma City. Orlando won for just the second time this season in seven tries on the second night of a back-to-back set of games. Also, Orlando improved to 3-11 on the road this season.

``The thing is when we play together – no matter who’s out there on the floor together – we play hard and we get good shots,’’ Nelson said. ``Tonight, we helped each other and we weren’t selfish. It has to be something where we take ownership and buckle down, and we did that tonight.’’


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