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Orlando Magic Fall to Sacramento Kings 126-123 in OT

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Orlando Magic's Franz Wagner attempts a shot against Sacramento Kings defense during the Orlando Magic vs. Sacramento Kings match at Amway Center Saturday, November 5, 2022. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.
Orlando Magic's Franz Wagner attempts a shot against Sacramento Kings defense during the Orlando Magic vs. Sacramento Kings match at Amway Center Saturday, November 5, 2022. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – The Orlando Magic hosted the Sacramento Kings at Amway Center as part of a seven-game homestand Saturday, hoping to maximize the momentum from their win against the current NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, Thursday night. The Magic have lost their last two matchups against the Kings with a 114-110 overtime loss back in March this year, and 142-130 loss in December last year. The Magic entered the game with an advantage right from the beginning: the return of Terrence Ross, who was out of Thursday’s game due to injury.

One note on points: Tonight definitely isn’t like Thursday’s game against the Warriors, whose players were putting up double-digit points in the first quarter, causing all the other players to rise to the occasion. The double digits showed up by halftime.

 

First Half

Jalen Suggs, Bol Bol, Wendell Carter Jr., Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner started for the Magic and had a strong showing in the first quarter, making sure to grab the ball the moment the Kings shot a shot.

Franz Wagner dunked twice off of Banchero, and Wendell Carter Jr. made a crowd-pleasing pick-and-roll three-pointer from Banchero’s pass close to the end of the first. Bol Bol wowed the crowd with his fancy footwork, crossing over several players to land a field goal.

The Magic ended the first quarter with a 33-25 lead.

Damontas Sabonis was the most aggressive scorer for Sacramento, clocking 15 points with five rebounds and two assists, going 7 for 10 on field goals. De’Aaron Fox was in distant second with 9 points.

Franz Wagner and Paolo Banchero each led with 15 points for the Magic in the first half. Wagner also contributed four assists while Banchero contributed seven rebounds.

The Magic went into halftime still in the lead, 65-47.

 

Second Half

The Magic lost some of their rhythm in the third quarter, adding more fouls while missing more shots.

With 2.5 minutes left in the third quarter, the Kings were able to shrink their point deficit to point, 75-74.

For whatever reason, the Magic mishandled the ball and consequently fumbled good shot opportunities with travel violations and balls out of bounds. With 1:39 left in the third, the lead finally switched to the Kings, 78-77. Thanks to successful shots by Chimezie Metu and Trey Lyles, Sacramento’s lead grew to 83-77 by the end of the third.

With 9:20 left in the game, Orlando Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley sent his original starters back in : Paolo Banchero, Jalen Suggs and Wendell Carter Jr. to get some more points on the board. While RJ Hampton contributed several clutch shots, the point gap had reached 92-84. The Magic needed their more aggressive scorers.

And they delivered the moment they got back on the court. Jalen Suggs scored and Bol Bol scored twice–three successful shots from the Magic–causing the Kings to call time out. At that point, the Magic had shrunk their deficit to four points, 92-88.

Out of the time out, Suggs clocked his fifth foul of the game, though, sending Damontas Sabonis to the line.

With two consecutive shots, Paolo Banchero tied the game at 92 points, since Sabonis didn’t make either free throw.

From that point, it became the now trademark tug of war for points again. Bol Bol nabbed a one-point lead for the Magic with a successful shot, then Sabonis made the assist to Lyles for a successful shot. The Magic then answered with Franz Wagner’s right hook shot.

When the lead is only one point–in the fourth quarter–the other fragile factor is fouls, which also kept happening. Sabonis went back to the line with the score 96-95 for the Magic and made one of his free throws, tying the game at 96 points with 3:50 left in the game.

The tug-of-war for points and incidental fouls caused the Kings to tie the game at the last second, throwing the game into overtime. The Magic had managed to close the Kings’ four-point gap at the end of OT with a Chuma Okeke dunk, but DeAaron Fox nailed the buzzer beater from half court, sinking the Magic’s loss with the three-point lead.

DeAaron Fox “got hot in the last couple minutes of the fourth and al of overtime,” as Paolo Banchero noted during the postgame press conference.

 

Orlando Magic Postgame Press Conference

Here’s what Coach Mosley, Paolo Banchero and Bol Bol had to say about Saturday night’s match.

The Magic play at Amway again on Monday, November 7 against the Houston Rockets at 7pm ET.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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Orlando Magic Rally Late to Beat Washington Wizards 122-112

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Moritz Wagner dunks the ball in the second quarter for the Orlando Magic during their match against the Washington Wizards at Amway Center Tuesday, March 21, 2023. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.
Moritz Wagner dunks the ball in the second quarter for the Orlando Magic during their match against the Washington Wizards at Amway Center Tuesday, March 21, 2023. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – The Orlando Magic had a lot of ground to make up for at home after their long road run, and the Washington Wizards didn’t make it easy on them–their defense greatly frustrated the Magic.

 

First Half

The Wizards led most of the first quarter, especially since the Magic made none of their three-pointers…until Moritz Wagner came in off the bench with just over two minutes left in the first. With a couple of shots, he switched the lead to Orlando by a single point at the end of the first quarter, 26-25.

Cole Anthony got a nice and-1 after his rebound from a failed Wizard free throw. Bradley Beal fouled him as he ran into the paint, but Anthony’s fadeaway shot was successful as he fell to the floor.

In the second quarter the Wizards regained the lead, but like in the first quarter, the Magic rallied near the end of the quarter. When Gary Harris, Markelle Fultz and the other Wagner, Franz, got back on the court, the Magic began sinking more shots.

Mo Wagner contributed 11 points in the first two quarters, while Franz, Harris and Anthony each followed with 10 points. The Magic also made up for their three-pointer deficit in second quarter. They were seven of 17 (41.2 percent) on threes in the first half compared to the Wizards’ five of 15 (33.3 percent) and were 23 of 43 on field goals (53.5 percent) compared to the Wizards’ 21 of 40 (52.5 percent).

For Washington, Deni Avdija and Monte Morris led the scoring with 12 points each; Kristaps Porzingis followed with 11 points.

The Magic secured a four-point lead heading into halftime, 60-56.

 

Second Half

The Magic ended third quarter one point behind, 88-87.

The Magic brought the fire in the fourth quarter, getting on a run between Markelle Fultz, Wendell Carter Jr. and Paolo Banchero, who went to the free throw line three times late in the fourth and nailed every free throw. The highlight play of the second half happened within the final minute of the game: Banchero had pressure on him and made an ugly fadeaway baseline three-pointer…and sank it in.

The most critical hit of all was Bradley Beal fouling out of the game, which dealt a huge blow to the Wizards’ offense in the final stretch. Porzingis tried to pick up the slack, but the Magic saw the blood in the water and piled on the pressure, closing out the game with a 10-point win, 122-112.

For the night, Gary Harris led in scoring for the Magic with 22 points, going six for nine on three pointers and seven for 10 on field goals. Franz Wagner followed with 20 points with four rebounds and six assists. Banchero contributed 18 points and was six of six on free throws. Fultz contributed 17 points with five rebounds and five assists.

For the Wizards, Porzingis led the scoring by far, with 30 total points, six rebounds and three assists. Beal followed with 16 points, five rebounds and seven assists.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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Orlando Magic to induct Dennis Scott into their Hall of Fame March 23

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Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic will induct Dennis Scott into their Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 23 at 3:45 p.m. in Amway Center, near the Nutrilite Magic Fan Experience.** Scott will become the 12th member of the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame.

In addition to the induction ceremony, Scott will be honored that night during Orlando’s game vs. New York. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. and tickets are available through OrlandoMagic.com or by calling 1-800-4-NBATIX.

“Dennis (Scott) still remains one of the elite, long-range shooters in both Orlando Magic and NBA history,” said Martins. “His ability to shoot from beyond the three-point arc was a major key to our success during his time in Orlando and his records stand to this day. We are proud to make Dennis the next inductee into the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame.”

Originally selected in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1990 NBA Draft by Orlando, Scott played seven seasons with the Magic from 1990-97. He played in 446 regular season games (322 starts) with Orlando, averaging 14.8 ppg., 3.1 rpg. and 2.3 apg. in 30.7 minpg., while shooting .403 (981-2,432) from three-point range.

During the 1995-96 campaign, Scott set a then-NBA single season-record with 267 three-pointers made, a standard that lasted for ten years. The 267 three-pointers made remains the franchise record for most made in a season. On April 18, 1996 vs. Atlanta, Scott connected on 11 three-pointers, breaking the then-NBA single game-record, a mark that lasted for almost seven seasons. The 11 three-pointers made also remains the franchise record for most made in a game.

Scott also appeared in 41 playoff games (31 starts) with Orlando, averaging 12.2 ppg., 3.0 rpg. and 1.9 apg. in 33.8 minpg., while shooting .364 (92-253) from three-point range. On May 25, 1995 vs. Indiana, he made seven three-pointers during Game #2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, setting a franchise playoff-record that still stands today. Scott helped the Magic reach the 1995 NBA Finals.

Scott remains the Orlando Magic all-time leader in three-pointers made with 981. Entering this season, he also ranks among the franchise’s all-time leaders in three-point field goals attempted (second, 2,432), field goals attempted (seventh, 5,737), games played (eighth, 446), steals (eighth, 429), points scored (tenth, 6,603), field goals made (tenth, 2,421) and minutes played (tenth, 13,692).

The Orlando Magic unveiled its inaugural Hall of Fame class on April 9, 2014 with the first two inductees, Magic co-founder Pat Williams and the team’s first-ever draft pick and current community ambassador, Nick Anderson. Scott also joins Shaquille O’Neal (2015), the late Rich DeVos (2016), Anfernee Hardaway (2017), Jimmy Hewitt (2017), Tracy McGrady (2018), David Steele (2019), Darrell Armstrong (2020), John Gabriel (2022) and Brian Hill (2022) in the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame.

The Orlando Magic Hall of Fame honors and celebrates the great players, coaches and executives who have had a major impact during the team’s illustrious 34-year history. It bridges the past with the future of Magic basketball, and the exhibit, located in Amway Center on the terrace level near Nutrilite Magic Fan Experience, provides Magic fans an opportunity to learn some Magic history while in the building. The inductees are selected based on their overall on and off the court contributions to the team and organization, years of service, impact in the community and general character of the individual.

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Jonathan Isaac to Miss Remainder of 2022-23 Regular Season Due to Another Injury

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FILE - Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac plays during the Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks match at Amway Center Tuesday, February 7, 2023. (Shreyank Tripathi/Florida National News file photo)
FILE - Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac plays during the Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks match at Amway Center Tuesday, February 7, 2023. (Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News file photo)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac underwent surgery on Friday morning to repair a torn left adductor muscle and will miss the remainder of the 2022-23 regular season. An MRI conducted Wednesday revealed the injury, after he felt discomfort following Tuesday’s practice in Milwaukee.

“Our thoughts are with Jonathan, whose fortitude in dealing with adversity is unique,” said Orlando Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman. “Jonathan has worked extremely hard to return to the court this season and has demonstrated his impact on our team. We will be by his side as he focuses on the work ahead.”

Isaac (6’10”, 230, 10/3/97) played in 11 games this season, averaging 5.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg. and 1.27 stlpg. in 11.3 minpg.

Originally selected in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2017 NBA Draft by Orlando, Isaac has appeared in 147 career NBA regular season games (106 starts), all with the Magic, averaging 9.0 ppg., 5.3 rpg., 1.0 apg., 1.43 blkpg. and 1.08 stlpg. in 24.7 minpg. He has also played and started in five career playoff outings, averaging 6.6 ppg., 6.2 rpg. and 1.00 blkpg. in 27.3 minpg.

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