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There was that palpable buzz back in the Amway Center yet again. Victor Oladipo certainly noticed it as the Magic fed off the energy in the building to yet again storm back and erase a 17-point deficit against one of the league's top teams. It is hard to argue with the results with now five-straight home wins (and six of the past seven).
The players were dancing to the music playing over the loud speakers -- DANCING. You would hardly know at that moment that this was still a close game that needed finishing. Or that Paul George would eventually get a look at the basket following a Magic inbound turnover with nine seconds left that he would miss over three Magic defenders.
The reason to dance in a 93-92 victory for Orlando at the Amway Center over East-leading Indiana was because this team looks like it is having fun again(?). Fun maybe for the first time.
Maurice Harkless, tasked once again with stopping an MVP favorite did so and Victor Oladipo provided an offensive spark scoring 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, cracking the code of Indiana's tough interior defense. Harkless called this two-game stretch of wins over the East-leading Pacers and West-leading Thunder perhaps the high point of his two years in Orlando so far.
It is hard to argue with him. It is also hard not to say that this is not the culmination of tons of hard work finally giving the Magic some type of reward.
"When you play hard, you give yourself a chance and you never know what can happen," Jameer Nelson said. "In my eyes, we outworked them especially in the second half. Everyone who played and even guys on the bench did their job of keeping guys heads in the game and rooting guys on as they were out there battling."no comments