NEW YORK — Four and a half months remain in the Orlando Magic's season, but they'll be hard-pressed to play a more exciting game than Tuesday night's 126-125 double-overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Here's a look at the thriller, with a focus on the numbers.
2: The number of triple-doubles in the game.
Magic guard Victor Oladipo and Sixers point guard Michael-Carter Williams became the first rookies to record triple-doubles in the same NBA game, researchers at the Elias Sports Bureau said.
Oladipo scored 26 points, collected 10 rebounds and distributed 10 assists.
"It felt really good," Oladipo said when asked about his stat line. "But I would like to have won. I would like to be on the other end of the stick."
Carter-Williams compiled 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
"It's not me versus Oladipo," Carter-Williams said. "It's Sixers versus Orlando."
Oladipo and Carter-Williams have emerged as the leading contenders for 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year honors.
Carter-Williams appears to have the edge so far. On Tuesday, he was named the league's Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for October/November.
3: Oladipo appears to be making progress in limiting his turnovers. Even though he played almost 52 minutes, he gave the ball away only three times.
16: The game featured 16 ties.
23: The game included 23 lead changes.
33: The number of points scored by Magic power forward Glen Davis, a career-high for him.
Davis made 15 of his 24 shot attempts — including a 3-pointer that tied the score 104-104 with 18.4 seconds remaining in regulation.
"I was shooting the ball really, really well," Davis said. "I was open. Shooting the ball really, really well, you don't have a conscience. You just shoot it. And it went in. I wasn't really thinking. I was just playing."
43: The number of points scored by Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo, a career-high.
Afflalo went 14 for 27 from the field as he raised his scoring average from 21.4 points per game to 22.6 points per game.
He entered Wednesday ranked 10th in the NBA in scoring.
52.4: Afflalo played 52.4 minutes.
"I'm so tired," Afflalo said. "Obviously, I'm upset that we lost. But under the circumstances of how we were able to stay in the game, I'm extremely proud of the guys and what they did tonight. It seemed like we had some career efforts all around the board."
56: The Sixers collected 56 rebounds, while the Magic managed just 34 even though Philly missed more shots than Orlando.
The Magic missed their usual starting center, Nik Vucevic, who sat out the game because of a sprained left ankle.
Without Vucevic's defensive rebounding, the Sixers scored 31 second-chance points.
"That was huge for us," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "I think the last time we played them, we kind of controlled the boards. This time, they outrebounded us by almost 20. That was a lot. That was a big difference in the night."
192: From start to finish, the game lasted 192 minutes.
That's 3 hours, 12 minutes.
"It's a loooong game to lose by one," Afflalo said.
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