ORLANDO MAGIC THIS WEEK


10 Things You Should Know

 

  1. Orlando Magic set to play two games before the NBA All-Star Break
  • The Magic will play two more games before the NBA All-Star Break next weekend. The team will take on the Wizards tonight, February 9, in Washington, D.C. (7 p.m. ET) before returning to Amway Center for a matchup with the New York Knicks in Orlando on Wednesday, February 11 (7 p.m. ET)
  • Single-game tickets can be purchased online at www.orlandomagic.com, at the Chase box office at Amway Center, at all TicketMaster outlets, or by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX. MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover accepted at all purchase points.
  • All regular season Orlando Magic games will be locally televised exclusively by FOX Sports Florida.

  1. Elfrid Payton named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for January 2015
  • Payton became just the sixth player in Magic history to earn the honor, joining Dennis Scott, Shaquille O’Neal (four times), Anfernee Hardaway (twice), Mike Miller (twice) and Victor Oladipo (twice).
  • During January (15 games), Payton averaged 10.7 points per game, 6.9 assists per game, and 1.87 steals per game. He scored in double figures eight times, dished out 10 or more assists three times and had two double-doubles. Payton led (or tied) the team in scoring once, in rebounding once and in assists 13 times. On January 16 vs. Memphis, he tallied career-highs of 22 points and 12 assists.
  1. The Magic and Florida Blue team up to build healthy minds with a new reading corner
  • As a part of the Orlando Magic’s commitment to literacy and education, the team, in partnership with Florida Blue, will unveil its 26th reading corner on Tuesday, February 10 at 2 p.m. at Dream Big Preschool Learning (6151 Silver Star Rd., Orlando, 32808).
  • Media is invited to attend and film/photograph the unveil.  Event is not open to the public.
  1. The Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, Distributed More Than $1 Million to Central Florida Community
  • On Thursday, February 5, the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF), announced its OMYF-MFF All-Star Team presenting checks totaling $1,000,000 to 21 grantee organizations from three counties in Central Florida (Orange, Seminole and Osceola).  This is the fourth time the Orlando Magic Youth Fund presented checks totaling $1 million.
  • Over the last 25 years, more than $1.8 million has been distributed to local nonprofit community organizations through the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and more than $18 million through the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF) since 1994. The McCormick Foundation matches all donations to the Fund at fifty cents on the dollar.
  1. Oladipo to compete in Sprite Slam Dunk at NBA All-Star 2015
  • Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo has been selected to partake in the 2015 Sprite Slam Dunk at NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City. Oladipo will compete for the title against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine and Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee.
  • TNT will televise the Sprite Slam Dunk live on Saturday, February 14, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn during State Farm All-Star SaturdayNight, part of Turner Sports’ 30th year of All-Star coverage.
  1. Oladipo and Payton selected to participate in 2015 Rising Stars Challenge
  • Orlando Magic guards Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton have been selected to participate in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge as part of 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend in New York City. The league’s annual showcase of premier young talent will debut a format that pits 10 first and second-year NBA players from the United States against 10 first and second-year NBA players from around the world. The game, set for Friday, February 13, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, will be televised live by TNT at 9 p.m. ET, part of Turner Sports’ 30th year of All-Star coverage.
  1. Harris has career night against the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Magic forward Tobias Harris enjoyed one of the most efficient games of his career on the offensive end, scoring a career-high 34 points on 14-of-18 shooting (77.8 percent) against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 6. In 118 games when Harris has attempted at least 10 shots, his shooting percentage of 77.8 was the highest of his career.
  1. Vučević remains a dominant force for Orlando
  • Magic center Nikola Vučević has recorded 25 or more points and 13 or more rebounds seven times during the 2014-15 season. As of February 9, that ranks third in the NBA behind DeMarcus Cousins (nine) and Anthony Davis (eight).
  • Vučević also ranks third in the NBA with 31 double-doubles this season.
  1. Bonus Basketball
  • The Orlando Magic are 2-0 this season in games that have gone to overtime. The Magic are one of three NBA teams that are undefeated in overtime this season with a minimum of two overtime games played (Dallas, 5-0; Houston, 4-0).
  1. Magic Rewind – February 6 vs. L.A. Lakers – Magic 103, Lakers 97 (OT)
  • Tobias Harris poured in a career-high 34 points, as Orlando defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 103-97, in overtime at Amway Center.  The win snapped the Magic’s ten-game losing streak and was the first for Interim Head Coach James Borrego.  Nikola Vučević tallied 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic, while Victor Oladipo recorded 12 points and 11 boards.  Orlando shot 51.8 percent from the floor and overcame a 14-point, second half deficit.  Trailing 82-71 during the fourth quarter, the Magic went on a 15-0 run, capped off by five points from Willie Green.