By John Denton
April 10, 2013
ORLANDO – Almost a forgotten man amid all of the standing ovations and video tributes for the returning J.J. Redick on Wednesday, Tobias Harris reminded Magic fans why he was also a key piece in the February trade between Orlando and Milwaukee.
Harris missed out on what would have been a storybook finish when he couldn’t follow up his game-tying 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining with a potential game-winning free throw against his former team in regulation.
However, Harris redeemed himself in the extra period by helping the Magic beat the Bucks 113-103 in overtime in one of the most emotion-filled games of the season at a raucous Amway Center.
Harris, whom the Magic acquired in the Feb. 21 trade for Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith, had a career night with 30 points and 19 rebounds. He capped the Magic’s scoring in overtime with a thunderous dunk in a game that was dripping with storylines, drama and fiery emotions.
``It was a great win for us as a team to keep fighting until the end of the game. We stayed together as a team and a lot of guys stepped up,’’ said Harris, who made 13 of 20 shots and three of four 3-pointers. ``It’s about time that we closed out a game. We’ve been so close and when we got down I was thinking, `Man, it’s déjà vu again.’ But we fought hard as a team and we really brought the defensive focus.’’
And Harris got plenty of help from Doron Lamb and Beno Udrih – the rest of Orlando’s haul in the deadline day trade with the Bucks – in the thrilling Magic victory. Lamb had 16 points and four 3-pointers, while Udrih chipped in 13 points and 11 assists.
Center Nikola Vucevic had a second consecutive 20-point and 20-rebound game with 30 points and 20 rebounds as Orlando (20-59) snapped a five-game losing streak. Vucevic, whose post game seems to be improving by the day, scored five points in the overtime to seal the victory.
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