The Orlando Magic picked up their second win in as many nights Monday as they raced past the Golden State Warriors, 102-94. Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis scored 24 points apiece for the Magic, while J.J. Redick scored 22 off the bench and helped the Magic pull away in the fourth quarter.
Redick warmed up late in the third quarter, draining a three-pointer, a layup, and a stepback jumper in the final 2:26 of the period to help Orlando tie the score. He stayed hot in the fourth with two threes, another long two, and a pair of free throws as the Magic shut the door on Golden State. The second of his two triples put the Magic up eight points with 7:35 to go, and he hit Afflalo with a crosscourt pass for three to put the Magic up 12 points at the 2:59 mark. Orlando continued to get stops at the other end to ensure the Warriors wouldn't get back into the game.
The game wasn't always about Redick's heroics, however, as his teammates played intelligently and did enough of the dirty work to frustrate a Warriors squad which has played well at home. The Magic held a 26-20 rebounding advantage in the first half and capitalized on their second-chance opportunities, holding a 13-3 edge over the host team in that department through 24 minutes.
The Warriors rose to Orlando's challenge in the third when Stephen Curry heated up. Curry worked as a facilitator prior to intermission, but looked for his offense more and more often in the third quarter, especially in pick-and-roll situations. Golden State worked together to outrebound the Magic by a 14-9 mark in the third, which helped it tie the game entering the final frame. Second-chance points had fueled Orlando's first-half success, limiting its second-chance looks in the third helped the Warriors work their way back into the game.
The Magic ended the first and second quarters with some great plays, helping them hold narrow advantages after each. Trailing by four points with 16 seconds to play, the Magic milked the clock and eventually found Nikola Vučević inside for a layup. Vučević drew a foul on the play and sank the ensuing free throw with 1.8 seconds on the clock. Arron Afflalo stole Carl Landry's ill-advised inbounds pass and dished to Glen Davis, who beat the buzzer with a long two-point jumper. The Magic had scored five points in 1.8 seconds to take a one-point lead.
The end of the second was also crucial. Jameer Nelson pulled up and swished a three-pointer over Curry with seven seconds remaining, and Golden State did not score on its ensuing possession, putting the Magic up four point at intermission.
Vučević put together one of the finest performances of his two-year career, finishing with 14 points, a career-best 15 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocked shots.