Magic win over Warriors 124-120 on Friday night. Nikola Vucevic scored 30 points with 16 rebounds and 10 assists for his 3rd career triple-double. While Orlando Magic overcame a 13-point, 4th quarter deficit to win against the Golden State Warriors.
Magic wins over Warriors.
Up 17 early during the 2nd half, the Magic was trailing 106-93 with 8:50 to play. However, Orlando outscored the Warriors by 31-14 the rest of the way by getting 3-pointers from Chuma Okeke (rookie forward) and a strong closing kick by Vucevic.
Vucevic did two free throws with 16 seconds left to lead Orlando 123-120 after Warriors’Stephen Curry hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the last minute.
Curry missed an off-balance 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining that could have tied it.
Vucevic said, “We were able to stay together because it’s hard to have a big lead and then have it vanish in like a 3-minute span just from our mistakes. And we were just able to fight back and stuck together. That’s something that was difficult for us to do in the past. It shows our growth.”
Curry ended with 29 points with 11 assists and 6 rebounds. He notched his 12th straight match with 25 points. Despite making only 11 of 29 shots and just 6 of 16 3-pointers.
Kelly Oubre Jr. contributed with 26 points for Golden State while Andrew Wiggins did 16. Golden State was trying to win 3 straight matches for the first time this season. But failed to get past in a row for the 7th time.
Draymond Green said, “We should have won tonight’s game and continued on our victory streak, but we let another one get away.” He made a comeback from an ankle injury and scored 6 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds.
Evan Fournier scored 28 points for Orlando while Terrence Ross scored 24 points and four 3-pointers. Okeke had all 11 of his points and three 3-pointers during the 4th quarter. The Magic had 18 3-pointers.
Golden State seemed to have grabbed control of the game when it unleashed a 52-22 run over a 12-minute in the 2nd half. However, the Warriors’ offensive zone crumbled late. As per head coach Steve Kerr.
Warriors: Green came back for the starting lineup after missing the previous game due to ankle soreness. Kerr admitted to being worried about rustiness for Green as Warrior didn’t practice on Thursday and Friday morning. Also, he said that James Wiseman was already ruled out for Saturday. It will be the 11th continuous game the rookie has missed due to a sprain in his left wrist.
Magic: Gus Malzahn attended the game. He was hired by UCF as their head coach on Monday. Vucevic had the spotlight of the night when he rushed hard to the rim and dunked with dominance over Green.