Orlando- What a week it’s been for the Magic as they pull off an incredible victory 103-96 over the two-time reigning NBA Champions, Golden State Warriors.
They have proved they can run with the best in the NBA considering Sundays victory over the Raptors in Toronto 113-98. Suddenly the Magic find themselves in the middle of the playoff hunt.
They have also displayed they can fall short to some of the worst teams in the NBA after losing their last home game to the Chicago Bulls 110-109 and coming off of a road loss to the New York Knicks 108-103.
“It’s complacency, we’ve got to beat complacency,” Gordon said. “We showed again tonight we’re a good team, but we’ve got to learn to play at that level against everybody and not be complacent.”
Gordon lead the Orlando Magic with 22 points and 15 rebounds with Terrance Ross coming off the bench with 16 points in their jaw-dropping victory over the National Champions. This is the first victory over the Warriors since December of 2012 for the Orlando Magic. The Warriors may have still been stunned after losing to D. Wade and the Miami Heat Wednesday night from a last-second buzzer beater that left the Warriors short 126-125.
“Considering the way we finished the third quarter, we were pretty much in control of the game,” Curry said. “But we missed a lot of shots and didn’t get any stops so it’s a frustrating way to end. This is a tough one.”
The Orlando Magic had complete control of the game up until the Warriors Roared back with a 30-11 run in the third quarter. Stephen Curry added 33 points to the scoreboard but was 5-17 from behind the 3-point line and over-all the Warriors were 9-40 in 3 pointers (22.5 percent) for the night.
“Steph is beating himself up a little bit because he knows he had a lot of open shots that didn’t go,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I thought Orlando did a better job executing down the stretch than we did. I didn’t think we executed very well at either end of the floor, especially in the fourth quarter.”
The Warriors were 7-23 in the fourth quarter and was outscored 33-15 by Orlando. The Magic ran off 10 straight points, including a 3-pointer by Gordon, who had nine points and six rebounds in the period. After losing control in the third quarter the Orlando Magic fought back to take the lead in the final minutes of the fourth and Gordon hit a much needed three to put away the win for the Magic. This is the first time the Warriors have lost back to back games to eastern conference teams since March off 2013 to Boston and Philadelphia.
DURANT TAKES A SEAT
Klay Thompson and Boogie Cousins added 21 points each for the Warriors who played without Kevin Durant (rest) and Andre Iguodala (sick). This was the first game Durant missed out of the 61 games he has played for the Warriors thus far after scoring 29 points in 39 minutes in their loss to Miami. “He’s just wiped out,” Kerr said. “He’s been going at it hard and playing every game, so with this back-to-back made it obvious. He’s earned a day off.”
Warriors: Ending a 4-game road trip on Saturday in Philadelphia.
Magic: Sparking up a 3-game road trip in Indiana.
Some quotes used in this story were provided by Associated Press.