ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Magic have made no secret that the future of their franchise will depend on how well they can develop their young players.
Rookie Victor Oladipo, the former Indiana star, is a key cog in that group and provided a glimpse of what team officials hope that future will look like.
Arron Afflalo scored 32 points, and Oladipo had 30 points, a career-high 14 assists and nine rebounds as the Magic rallied to beat the New York Knicks 129-121 in double overtime Friday night.
The Magic trailed by as many as 14 points, but got 25 points and 10 assists from Oladipo after halftime to stave off the Knicks. Tobias Harris added 22 points.
Every game I control one thing – my energy that I bring to both ends of the floor, Oladipo said. I’m just trying to do that every game, whether it’s a good game or a bad game.
Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak in its first game after the departure of Glen Davis, who had the remainder of his contract bought out earlier in the day.
Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said he thought Oladipo played a complete game. The rookie logged a team-high 49 minutes.
He got what he wanted to on both ends of the floor, Vaughn said. On the offensive end, in a lot of different places we kind of let him go and it was his decision to make.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 44 points, but only 14 came after the third quarter.
The Knicks’ loss ended their eight-game win streak over the Magic.
BULLS 117, NUGGETS 89: In Chicago, D.J. Augustin had 22 points and eight assists as Chicago won its fifth in a row.
Rookie Tony Snell added a career-high 20 points as the Bulls put seven players in double figures. Taj Gibson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Joakim Noah finished with 14 points, 11 boards and five assists.
Randy Foye scored 23 points for Denver, which has lost six of seven.
PISTONS 115, HAWKS 107: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Andre Drummond had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Kyle Singler made a pair of big 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter as Detroit handed Atlanta its eighth loss in a row.
Detroit rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit.
RAPTORS 98, CAVALIERS 91: In Toronto, Terrence Ross scored 20 points, and Jonas Valanciunas had 18 as Toronto snapped Cleveland’s six-game winning streak.
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each had 14 points as the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors won for the fourth time in five games.
MAVERICKS 124, 76ERS 112: In Philadelphia, Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points, and Shawn Marion had 22 as Dallas handed Philadelphia its 10th straight loss.
A day after dismantling the roster and trading away Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen, the Sixers had just eight players in uniform.
BOBCATS 90, PELICANS 87: In Charlotte, N.C., Al Jefferson had 33 points and 10 rebounds as Charlotte won its third in a row.
The Bobcats overcame some shoddy free throw shooting in the final minute to win for the seventh time in 10 games.
GRIZZLIES 102, CLIPPERS 96: In Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Memphis.
James Johnson added 15 for Memphis, and Mike Miller finished with 13, hitting 5 of 8 from the field. Courtney Lee scored 10 for Memphis.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford had 23 points. Chris Paul added 18 points and 14 assists for the Clippers, who lost their second straight.
SUNS 106, SPURS 85: In Phoenix, Ish Smith scored a career-high 15 points, matched his career best of seven rebounds and triggered a 17-point second-quarter run that propelled Phoenix.
Markieff Morris scored 21 points and Channing Frye 17 for Phoenix. Gerald Green and Marcus Morris added 13 apiece.
Danny Green scored 15 and Tim Duncan 13 for the Spurs, which finished 7-2 on its nine-game road trip while a rodeo is held back home.