ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Magic have seen much more misery than celebration this season.
But with one of the NBA’s best teams and its top scorer in town, the Magic made the most of a rare opportunity to enjoy the latter.
Tobias Harris slammed home a fast-break pass from Maurice Harkless at the buzzer to give the Orlando Magic a 103-102 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.
With the Thunder leading 102-101 in the closing seconds, Kevin Durant missed a jumper to set up the last-second play, which was reviewed by officials and upheld.
Rookie Victor Oladipo, who had grabbed the rebound on Durant’s miss with 2.9 seconds left and passed ahead to Harkless to start the break, pounded his chest after the play and screamed This is our floor! as the crowd roared.
I saw Victor get the (rebound) and I just wanted to be down there, whether or not he shot a layup or if he made it, congratulate him, to get a tip-in – anything, Harris said. But he kicked it to Mo and I just kept running. Mo saw me and my whole momentum was just to get it in the rim.
Harris led the Magic with 18 points, followed by Arron Afflalo with 16. Orlando’s bench outscored Oklahoma City’s 36-23.
The win gives the Magic their first four-game home winning streak in two years. It also snaps the Thunder’s five-game winning streak in the series.
I was drawing up our defensive strategy unless they had point-something left on the clock, Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. But we’ll take it.
Durant led the Thunder with 29 points and 12 assists. Serge Ibaka added 26 points.
CAVALIERS 115, WIZARDS 113: In Washington, Dion Waiters scored 24 points and Kyrie Irving had 23 points and tied a career high with 12 assists as Cleveland ended its six-game skid.
The Cavaliers played without their second-leading scorer, Luol Deng, who was out with flu symptoms. Irving missed Friday’s shootaround because of illness but managed to hit all 13 free throws he attempted.
LAKERS 112, 76ERS 98: In Philadelphia, Steve Nash scored a season-high 19 points as Los Angeles handed Philadelphia its fifth straight loss.
Wesley Johnson and Chris Kaman each scored 17 and six Lakers finished with double-digit points.
PISTONS 111, NETS 95: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Andre Drummond had 15 points and 21 assists, and Brandon Jennings narrowly missed a triple-double in Detroit’s win.
Jennings finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as Detroit had six players in double figures.
KNICKS 117, NUGGETS 90: In New York, Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points in three quarters, then watched from the bench as New York ran away from his old team in the fourth.
J.R. Smith added 10 of his 13 points in the fourth. He also threw the pass of the game during the decisive spurt when he went behind the back to Jeremy Tyler, who scored while being fouled.
CELTICS 99, KINGS 89: In Boston, Jared Sullinger scored a career-high 31 points and added 16 rebounds as Boston won its third in a row.
Jerryd Bayless scored 19 points and Jeff Green added 17 for the Celtics, who won their third straight game for the first time since Dec. 3-8.
Rajon Rondo (soreness) and Avery Bradley (ankle) both sat out, allowing Bayless and rookie Phil Pressey to run the offense.
MAVERICKS 103, JAZZ 81: In Dallas, Monta Ellis scored 22 points as Dallas won its fourth in row.
All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points while playing only 26 1/2 minutes for the Mavericks, who moved nine games over. 500 at 30-21.