This was an historic night for Orlando, taking the win 118-107 in Oklahoma to move to a 4-0 start for the first time in the team’s history.
THE HISTORY BOOKS REWRITTEN
The Magic used a balanced attack on Tuesday night in taking the win. By doing so they set two new records for the franchise.
As said above it is the first time in the franchise’s 31 year history that the team has started a season 4-0!!
Nikola Vucevic also had a hand in rewriting the history books when he made a bucket in the first quarter to become the Magic’s all time field goals made leader, overtaking team legend Nick Anderson. Vucevic now has made 4,083, surpassing Anderson’s 4,075 made buckets.
Genuinely an historic night for Orlando.
BACON COOKING IN OKLAHOMA
Nikola Vucevic took his third double-double of the season and led the way with 28 points and 10 rebounds.
Vooch was one of six Magic men to record double figures as scoring was shared around the team again.
Dwayne Bacon was sizzling and gave the Magic a real boost with 18 points and 8 rebounds, shooting 9/10 for the game.
Other notable contributors included Terrence Ross and Evan Fournier each with 14.
Aaron Gordon had 12 points on limited minutes, as the Magic protect his hamstring.
Markelle Fultz who showed his passing ability gathering 10 assists to go along with 11 points.
HARD FOUGHT BY OKC
The Oklahoma City Thunder were coming off a 110-109 defeat at home to the Utah Jazz. On the second night of a tough back-to-back as we predicted in our preview post they fought hard. In fairness to their young core they hung around with Orlando for much of the game and gave the team problems defensively.
That was until the Magic pulled away for good in the fourth quarter.
The Thunder were lead by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with 23 points and Isiah Roby who was making his first career start who ended up with 19 points and 7 boards.
With the game tied at 87 with 11:47 to play in the fourth quarter the Magic made their push going on a 12-4 run. However the Thunder would not go away. They clawed it back and got within 4 points with 5:48 to play on a Justin Jackson driving layup.
THE DECISIVE END TO AN HISTORIC NIGHT FOR ORLANDO
A Michael Carter-Williams basket followed by a Markelle Fultz three and two buckets by Terrence Ross put the Thunder to the sword as the Magic overcame this tenacious young opponent.
By the final buzzer on this historic night for Orlando the Magic had produced a 31-22 fourth quarter effort.
ANOTHER HISTORIC NIGHT FOR ORLANDO AS WE GO AGAIN?
The Magic return home to the Amway for a New Year’s Eve game, facing the challenge of the Philadelphia 76ers!
Can we go 5-0? Can we remain the only undefeated team in the NBA? Will Markelle finally silence his Philly haters?
The game has a UK tip off time of 11:30pm New Year’s Eve. So hopefully let’s see 2021 begin with some Magic basketball and another historic night for Orlando!