Orlando – The Orlando Magic produced another thriller Wednesday night with a last second shot that took down the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic forward Nic Vucevic drilled a game winning 18 foot shot with less than 1 second remaining in regulation on the clock.
It was just as the doctor ordered as the Magic were ending a poorly played game and had lost Viktor Oladipo to a possible concussion. Vucevic broke a 99-99 tie when the Magic inbounded the ball with 1.5 seconds on the clock. Vucevic provided a fade away jumper that kids dream of. This on a night that was expected to be Kobe Bryant’s probable final game in Orlando, but he was scratched due to back issues.
The Magic needed help from the bench and they came through as needed. Along with Vuvevic’s game winning shot, he scored a total of 18 points, reserve guard Shabazz Napier dropped a career and game-high 22 points, even Channing Frye came alive with 14 points of his own.
The Magic still have a lot of work to do on the defensive side, making several crucial devensice mistakes. Those defensive miscues concern coach Scott Skiles. The Lakers hit 49 percent of their shots, and Skiles saw his players seemingly forget some of the fundamentals they’ve worked on since training camp opened in late September.
Smiles expressed the need for more practice time with the team to try to iron out some of these issues.
The Magic next play the Utah Jazz on Friday November the 11th at 7pm.