Denton: Magic vs. Bulls Analysis (1/15/14)


By John Denton
Jan. 15, 2014

ORLANDO – In a game that featured more drama and emotional swings than a daytime soap opera, the Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls traded body blows, jabs and haymakers for more than three hours on Wednesday night.

Two teams absolutely desperate for a victory exchanged dramatic tying shots at the end of regulation, the first overtime and the second OT. And in between those dagger shots, the Magic and Bulls played what will go down as one of the all-time classics in the 25-year history of the Magic organization.

Orlando blew out to a big lead in the second half and then needed clutch tying shots from veterans Jameer Nelson and Glen ``Big Baby’’ Davis at the end of regulation and the second overtime to extend the game into a third OT period. Unfortunately for the Magic, they saw a late one-point lead disappear when Tony Snell hit a leaning jumper with 48.6 seconds remaining.

Davis had a potential winning 3-point shot tipped and the Magic were forced to stomach the sour feelings from a 128-125 triple-overtime loss to the Bulls.
``I was more mad than exhausted, I’m not going to lie to you,’’ said Orlando’s Victor Oladipo, who became the first Magic rookie in franchise history to have 35 points and eight rebounds in a game. ``I’m more mad than exhausted right now. But it’s a short turnaround so I have to have a short-term memory.’’


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