ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic have made no secret that the future of their franchise will depend on how well they can develop their young players.
Rookie Victor Oladipo is a key cog in that group and provided a glimpse of what team officials hope that future will look like.
Arron Afflalo scored 32 points and Oladipo had 30 points, a career-high 14 assists and nine rebounds as the Magic rallied to beat the New York Knicks 129-121 in double overtime on Friday night.
The Magic trailed by as many as 14 points, but got 25 points and 10 assists from Oladipo after halftime to stave off the Knicks. Tobias Harris added 22 points.
"Every game I control one thing — my energy that I bring to both ends of the floor," Oladipo said. "I'm just trying to do that every game, whether it's a good game or a bad game."
Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak in its first game following the departure of Glen Davis, who had the remainder of his contract bought out earlier in the day.
Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said he thought Oladipo played a complete game. The rookie logged a team-high 49 minutes.
"He got what he wanted to on both ends of the floor," Vaughn said. "On the offensive end, in a lot of different places we kind of let him go and it was his decision to make."
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 44 points, but only 14 came after the third quarter.
The Knicks' loss ended their eight-game win streak over the Magic. It was also the latest head-scratching loss for a New York team that has last four of its last five and is yet to post back-to-back wins this month.
"Every game right now is important," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "They made the run at the start of the fourth and we couldn't get it back. It's a tough loss."
Afflalo found Oladipo for a layup to put the Magic in front 117-113 in the second overtime. But Afflalo injured his right ankle in the process by stepping on Raymond Felton's foot and didn't return. He will be evaluated before the team's upcoming four-game road trip.
Orlando was dealt another blow on the Knicks' next possession when center Nik Vucevic was whistled for his sixth foul. Anthony then hit a pair of free-throws to get New York back within a basket.
Oladipo answered, getting fouled when he fought past Tim Hardaway Jr. for a layup. He completed the three-point play to push the lead back to 120-115.
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