In their first game following the all-star break, the Orlando Magic and the Dallas Mavericks were part of a roller coaster contest. After blowing a 19-point lead, the Magic fell behind by 14 before recovering for a 110-104 victory in overtime on Friday night at the Amway Center.
Despite scoring only two points over the final 3:15, the Magic were still able to make it to the extra period, by holding the Mavericks scoreless over the final 1:49. Victor Oladipo’s three-pointer with 1:49 left in overtime, broke a 101-101 tie. They would never trail again.
The Mavericks showed the effects of the extended layoff more than the Magic. They shot the ball miserably early on and fell behind at the end of the first quarter, 31-13.
In the second quarter, Dallas came roaring back. Dirk Nowitzki’s jumper tied the game with 2:40 left in the half. The Magic carried a 56-51 lead into the locker room.
The third quarter was all Dallas as they outscored the Magic, 30-16. Casselberry’s Chandler Parsons drilled a three-pointer with 9:27 left in the quarter to put Dallas on top, 59-58. They stretched the lead to 14 midway through the quarter and entered the fourth quarter with an 81-72 lead.
After a frantic fourth quarter effort, Orlando finally tied the game at 98 on a driving layup by Evan Fournier with 12 seconds left. They survived a final attempt to win the game by Nowitzki, who missed a 17-foot jumper.
Nikola Vucevic had 21 points to lead the Magic while Oladipo added 17. The trading deadline paid big dividends for Orlando on this night as newcomers Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova added 18 and 16 points, respectively, off the bench.
In addition to the scoring, Magic Coach Scott Skiles was impressed with his team’s defensive effort.
“Our defense really picked up (in the fourth quarter),” said Skiles, “It kept us in contact and gave us a chance to come back.”
Parsons and Deron Williams had 24 and 25 points, respectively for the Mavericks. Nowitzki had 11 points, but made only four of 11 shots.
The Magic improved to 24-29 on the season. Orlando hosts the Indiana Pacers at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.