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                === Oladipo guides Magic past Knicks in 2 OT ===
 
 Orlando,  FL  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Victor  Olapido's  re-insertion into  the
 starting lineup paid instant dividends for the Orlando Magic, who came through
 with  a  125-121 double-overtime victory  over the  New York Knicks behind the
 rookie's 30 points and career-high 14 assists.
 
 Put  back  with the first  unit following the  Magic's contract buyout of Glen
 Davis on Friday, Oladipo scored seven points in the final 2 1/2 minutes of the
 second  OT  and narrowly  missed his second  NBA triple-double, finishing with
 nine rebounds.
 
 "I  really feel like  I haven't scratched the surface of how good I'm going to
 be. I honestly believe that," Oladipo said.
 
 Arron  Afflalo  came up  big as  well, recording  32 points  to help the Magic
 overcome  a 14-point third-quarter deficit as well as a 44-point outburst from
 Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony.
 
 Tobias Harris contributed 22 points and eight boards to Orlando's sixth win in
 its last seven outings at Amway Center.
 
 Anthony  added 11  rebounds in  the  loss, New  York's fourth  in five  games.
 Raymond  Felton and  Tim Hardaway Jr. each  had 15 points for the Knicks, with
 Tyson Chandler posting 14 along with 11 rebounds.
 
 "We  couldn't put a string of defensive stops together in overtime and we lost
 the game," Anthony said.
 
 The  Magic trailed  81-67 just past the  midway stage of the third quarter and
 were  down by 11 late in the period when Oladipo began to take over. The young
 guard  netted the final four points of the frame to pull Orlando within 86-79,
 then helped lead a 15-4 run in the fourth that sent his team ahead.
 
 Oladipo's  steal  and transition dunk  cut New York's  lead to 96-93 with 7:41
 remaining  in regulation.  He then  delivered assists  on the  next two  Magic
 baskets, E'Twaun Moore's game-tying 3-pointer and Moe Harkless' go-ahead layup
 with 5:28 to play.
 
 New  York  answered with  a 10-4  burst, which featured  treys from Felton and
 Hardaway,  to  regain the upper  hand with under  two minutes left. The Knicks
 failed  to score  over the  rest of  the fourth  quarter and  Afflalo followed
 Nikola  Vucevic's tip-in  with  a  contested step-back  jumper  that forged  a
 106-106 tie with 42.9 seconds showing.
 
 The score remained that way into the first overtime, during which neither team
 was ahead by more than two points. Oladipo drove the lane and scored with 1:22
 left to knot the game at 113-113, and Chandler was called for offensive basket
 interference on a costly botched alley-oop attempt on the ensuing possession.
 
 Orlando  had a  chance for the win  in the final seconds, but Vucevic couldn't
 finish inside after receiving an Oladipo feed underneath the basket.
 
 Afflalo  had the  first field goal of  the second OT and assisted on Oladipo's
 layup  for a 117-113 Magic edge with 2:23 remaining, but landed awkardly while
 stepping on Felton's foot on the play and limped off to the locker room.
 
 Oladipo  carried the load from there, drawing a foul while converting a clutch
 layup  and  hitting the  bonus shot to  give Orlando a  120-115 lead with 1:28
 left.  He  sealed the victory shortly  afterward by throwing down a thunderous
 baseline  dunk and  inducing contact once again. His subsequent free throw put
 New York in a 125-121 hole with 30.7 ticks on the clock.
 
 Orlando  held  a 38-31 lead just  over a minute  into the second quarter and a
 47-41  advantage midway through  the period, but the Knicks went on an 8-0 run
 to  move ahead and closed out the half with a flourish as well. Anthony netted
 the  last six  points of an 11-4 surge  over the final 3 1/2 minutes that sent
 New York into the break up by a 60-53 count.
 
 The  Knicks, who  shot 57.5 percent over the initial two quarters and received
 19  first-half points  from Anthony,  expanded the  margin midway  through the
 third.  J.R.  Smith and Anthony  each buried treys to  ignite a 9-0 spurt that
 made  it an 81-67 game with under five minutes to go in the stanza, New York's
 largest lead of the contest.
 
 Both  teams shot  the ball well during a fast-paced opening quarter that ended
 in  a  31-31 tie, with  Afflalo pacing the Magic  with 14 points. Orlando then
 began the second with a 7-0 surge, highlighted by a Harkless three he followed
 with a short jumper on the team's next possession.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The Magic snapped an eight-game series losing streak to New York, notching its
 first  win over the Knicks since a 102-93 decision at Madison Square Garden on
 Jan.  16, 2012  ... Afflalo has averaged 26 points in Orlando's three meetings
 with  New York  this season ... Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire returned after
 sitting  out  Wednesday's  win at  New  Orleans  with  a  sore left  knee  and
 registered 10 points in 18 minutes ... Orlando outscored the Knicks by a 54-28
 margin in the paint.
 
 
 
 
 02/22 00:02:35 ET

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