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Victor Oladipo can change a game in a blur, it seems.
One moment he seems to be cruising along, racking up a fair amount of assists but otherwise having little impact, the next he is stealing the ball near the mid-court line and racing for a one-handed jam. The next moment he is doing it again, outracing the chasing defender for another monster jam.
Or he is playing in his 50th minute of the game and driving the baseline to throw down a vicious game-clinching two-handed stuff. Maybe he hung on the rim a little bit longer than he should have to soak in that extra energy. It was an emphatic way to capitalize a 129-121 double overtime win over the Knicks at Amway Center.
Victor Oladipo had arrived -- if he had not already.
"He gave us a lot of energy tonight," Nikola Vucevic said. "The way he played tonight was big time. He did everything we could ask him to do -- he played defense, offensively he carried us. When he goes to the rim aggressively and he scores, he pumps everybody up -- the corwd, us. We get that fire going. He carried us tonight. It was great to see him play like that."
Oladipo finished with a near-triple double of 30 points, a career-high 14 assists and nine rebounds. He scored 25 points, recorded 10 assists and grabbed seven rebounds in the second half and overtime. It was as if a switch turned on and Oladipo was rushing through the broken dam with his energy and effort.no comments