Orlando Magic needed rest after their double-overtime loss

NEW YORK — The Orlando Magic's objective for Wednesday was simple.


And plenty of it.

After playing a game on Monday night, the Magic lost a double-overtime thriller Tuesday night to the Philadelphia 76ers 126-125.

In the marathon game, three members of the Magic played between 50 minutes and 53 minutes: Arron Afflalo, Victor Oladipo and Glen Davis.

Ronnie Price played almost 40 minutes off the bench, while reserve power forward Andrew Nicholson logged 38 minutes.

This already was going to be a grueling stretch for Orlando, which is in the midst of a six-game road trip that will last 10 full days and parts of two other days.

"Rest," Davis said afterward. "That's all you can think about: rest, massages. I just might [find a] cold tub. Rest. Rest. That's all we can do."

After their pair of back-to-back games, the Magic had Wednesday off in New York. The team is scheduled to practice Thursday to prepare for its game Friday night against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

"Honestly, I wasn't mentally tired," Afflalo said. "My feet hurt a little bit, but you want to compete to the end. But I just started noticing the strength in my legs and my shot and my ability to easily drive by players to create for myself or my teammates started to wear down in the second overtime. So, I was a little disappointed that I wasn't able to put my foot on the gas in the second overtime."

Budding rivalry

Oladipo and 76ers rookie Michael Carter-Williams are friendly off the court. They built a friendship during the weeks leading up to the 2013 NBA Draft, and they occasionally send each other text messages to offer support or congratulations.

But, if you stood near them Tuesday night, you probably would've heard a few good-natured barbs pass between the two rookies.

How much of a game within a game was there between them?

"All the time," Oladipo answered. "The entire time, just talking to him and talking a little trash here and there. But it's always fun to compete against a friend. The sky's the limit for him. We've just got to continue to keep getting better."

Oladipo and Carter-Williams became the first rookies in NBA history to record triple-doubles in the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Surprising offense

Nik Vucevic, Jameer Nelson and Tobias Harris missed the game against the Sixers because of injuries.

But the Magic's offense still produced plenty of points without them.

Orlando made 50.0 percent of its shot attempts, but it made only six of its 26 3-point tries.

Afflalo sank five of those treys, while Davis swished the other one.

It's possible that Vucevic and Nelson will play against the Knicks. Vucevic said his left ankle didn't hurt too badly, and Nelson put up some shots before Tuesday night's game.

jbrobbins@tribune.com. Read his blog at OrlandoSentinel.com/magicblog and follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.

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