The Orlando Magic recorded their first win of the 2016 season last night in Philadelphia against the 76ers.
With just seconds left, the game was tied at 101. The Magic attempted to inbound the ball with nearly just 5 seconds left. The ball was deflected and landed in the hands of the Magic’s Serge Ibaka.
Ibaka was under the hoop and attempted to put up a last second lay up when he was fouled by the 76ers T.J. McConnell. McConnell was called for a flagrant foul and Ibaka would be sent to the free throw line with a chance to put the game away.
Ibaka would sink both free throws to put the Magic up 103-101.
“I wasn’t worried about the pain,” Ibaka told the Orlando Sentinel. “I was worried about those free throws because I knew it was big time for us.”
The Magic entered Tuesday night’s game 0-3. They trailed the 76ers by as many as 18 points in the second quarter of the game.
“We needed that one badly,” swingman Evan Fournier said to the Sentinel. “We fought until the end.”
Both Magic players Elfrid Payton and Nikola Vucevic finished the game with double doubles.
Tuesday night’s game leaves the 76ers at 0-3.
The Magic’s next game will be in Orlando Thursday night against the Sacramento Kings.