ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Orlando Magic felt the pressure against Golden State’s aggressive offense and defense at Amway Center Tuesday.
With three steals, two blocks, and 22 defensive rebounds, Golden State made sure the Magic had a hard time scoring in the first half.
Despite that, the Magic made a run and held onto the lead through the end of the first quarter 25-17.
The Magic didn’t seem to sink as many shots in the second quarter, but maintained the lead nonetheless. Wendell Carter, Jr.’s six points and two rebounds helped against Jonathan Kuminga’s ten.
Carter led in scoring for the Magic in the first half with 10 points. Cole Anthony followed with nine points. Jonathan Kuminga led in scoring for the Warriors with 10 points, four rebounds and one assist.
The Magic led by 10 at the end of the first half, 46-36.
Golden State brought even more pressure in the third quarter. The Magic held the lead for the first five minutes of the period until they hit 52 points. The Warriors were then able to hold them there while catching up via Andrew Wiggins’ hook shot followed by 3-pointers from Jordan Poole and Otto Porter, Jr. Chuma Okeke answered with a shot to tie things up again, but the Warriors ran away with the lead after that and kept it through the end of the third.
Jordan Poole led in the third for the Warriors, contributing 12 points and four assists.
The Warriors ended the third quarter leading the Magic 74-65.
The Magic roared from behind to tie things up in the fourth–in the final minute of the game. After the Magic reclaimed the lead, Klay Thompson fouled Franz Wagner, who was shooting a three-pointer. This put Franz Wagner, one of Orlando’s most effective free throw shooters, at the line for three–all of which he successfully shot. The crowd roared as the scoreboard showed 92-88, a four-point gap with just 13 seconds left in the game. Jordan Poole closed the gap with a layup, then Orlando took a timeout to secure ball possession.
On Orlando’s final play, Chuma Okeke found Franz Wagner, who put the nail in Golden State’s coffin with a dunk. GSW’s Klay Thompson got the ball on the next possession and attempted a pass, which Orlando’s RJ Hampton stole and let the clock run out for the win at 94-90.