Rookie Michael Carter Williams had a triple double, scoring 27 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists. Thaddeus Young added 25 points and 12 rebounds while Evan Turner had 24 points as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Orlando Magic 126-125.
Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis each set a career-high in scoring with 43 and 33 points, respectively. Carter-Williams’ rookie counterpart, Victor Oladipo, also had a triple double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
After a dominating first quarter performance on the offensive end by the Magic, they cooled off and the 76ers chipped away, eventually building an 11-point third quarter lead.
With the 76ers up 96-89 and just 4:28 left on the clock, the Magic went on a 10-0 run behind two Afflalo three-pointers and two Davis jumpers. However, the 76ers answered with six straight of their own before Afflalo hit another three to cut the lead to one. After Young put the 76ers back up by three, Davis surprisingly buried a three to tie the game with 18 seconds left.
The overtime period was just as exciting as the final few minutes. With the Magic trailing by four, Oladipo was fouled by Carter-Williams. Oladipo made the first free throw and missed the second, but the 76ers knocked the ball out of bounds. The Magic got the ball into Afflalo and he drew a foul on a missed three-pointer . On the ensuing possession, the 76ers got the ball to Turner, but he fell, causing a jump ball. Andrew Nicholson won the tip, but appeared to knock it out of bounds. However, a leaping Oladipo made the save and the Magic called timeout with a second to play, but their prayer wouldn’t go.
The Magic finally cooled off in the final quarter and 76ers outscored them 8-4 before Afflalo hit a last-second three in the period. The Magic had a shot to tie it in the last few seconds, but Afflalo’s three was long and Ronnie Price lost the ball out of bounds.
The 76ers improved to 6-13 while the Magic fell to 6-12.