It isn’t often that an NBA game ends on a buzzer-beating dunk for a 1-point victory, but that is exactly what happened in Orlando on Friday night. Magic forward Tobias Harris took a pass from Mo Harkless and when he finished the play with a dunk, Orlando grabbed a highly unexpected 103-102 victory.
The fact that the Magic defeated the Thunder in any venue is crazy in itself, and they needed a balanced effort to do it. Seven players scored 9 points or more for Orlando, and they were led in scoring by the aforementioned Harris, who notched 18 points including the final dunk. Rookie guard Victor Oladipo was also huge for the Magic, as the high-flying swingman scored 14 points on just 7 field goal attempts and grabbed 5 rebounds in just 21 minutes of action off the bench.
On the Thunder side, Kevin Durant was Kevin Durant. The league’s front-runner for MVP put up yet another huge night with 29 points and 12 rebounds, but when things got heavy in the 4th quarter, the Thunder managed only 14 points, and not even Durant could keep them from a collapsing loss.
No one would be crazy enough to suggest that this is a game-changing with for the Magic, but with a young team, sometimes it is huge to grab an exciting win against a quality opponent, and perhaps they can take solace in that.