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Victor Oladipo knocked the ball away from Deron Williams and saw nothing but open floor in front of him.
The air rose a bit in Amway Center in anticipation of what was to come. How would the rookie respond? What would the rookie do in this situation? A sure two points could turn into a highlight prety quickly. Doubly quickly when it comes to Victor Oladipo.
If one play can describe where the Magic were last year to where they are now after a 107-86 win over the Nets on Sunday, maybe 180 degrees is going a bit too far. Oladipo's 360-degree, break-away dunk though sure had the 15,000-plus at Amway Center feeling good about the direction this team is heading, as if the final score would not. It certainly sent the Magic's stadium buzzing in a way it has had few occasions to do in a tumultuous three years since it opened.
Oladipo certainly has many people turning their heads, bouncing back from a rough first half where he had four turnovers and five points to score a total of 19 points, a career high in his young career. The Magic better be having teams turning their heads after a second straight game holding a team to worse than 40 percent shooting and a rout on their home floor.
"Teammates just kept telling me to be aggressive, and I just listened," Oladipo said. "I was poised. The greatest thing about the NBA is its a long game. Both halves are like two whole games. There is no telling how you can play the second half. I just try to stay focused, come in there and play hard on both ends."
The Magic awoke from an offensive scoring funk and were the ones who took control in the second half, an unexpected turn considering the expectations and experience of both squads.no comments