Glen Davis has made a career-low 65.0 percent of his free throws so far this season, but he made two critical foul shots that helped preserve an Orlando Magic victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.
With the Magic leading 81-79 with 1.7 seconds remaining, Davis hit a pair of free throws to extend the Magic's lead to four points.
That cushion was necessary.
The Bulls' Mike Dunleavy sank a 3-pointer from halfcourt as time expired, so Orlando barely won, 83-82.
"They were really important," Davis said. "I'm glad I made 'em. You never know what might happen out there."
Davis finished the game with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
He recorded his second double-double in the 14 games he's played this season.
Prior to tipoff, Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said Davis' availability would be a gametime decision because Davis had hurt his left shoulder the night before in Oklahoma City.
That's the same shoulder Davis dislocated on Dec. 19, 2012.
Davis played against the Bulls anyway.
"He played extremely well," Magic swingman Arron Afflalo said. "I know he rebounded the ball well. Dealing with [Carlos] Boozer and [Joakim] Noah is no easy task. . . . Then, on top of that, he hit some big shots and some big free throws. So, for him to gut out a little bit of pain from an injury last game and get out there and perform the way he did? I definitely commend him for that."
Davis, who shoots right-handed, said he never considered taking the night off.
"Did it hurt? Yeah," Davis said. "But, at the same time, I'm not going to sit out."
Another big game
Afflalo scored a team-high 23 points against the Bulls.
It was the 24th consecutive game he has scored at least 10 points.
Afflalo has scored in single digits just once this season — in the season-opener against the Indiana Pacers on Oct. 29, when he tallied nine points on 3-of-14 shooting.
Afflalo is averaging 21.6 points per game. He began Tuesday ranked 10th in scoring in the NBA.
"I've been all right," Afflalo said. "But I think it is important that we continue to get more wins. I think individual recognition will definitely come with that. So, I'll be looking forward to our personal home stretch back in Orlando and hopefully putting a streak together for once."
Victor Oladipo and Trey Burke played against each other four times in college, with Oladipo's Indiana Hoosiers winning three of four games over Burke's Michigan Wolverines.
They'll face each other as pros for the first time Wednesday night, when Oladipo's Magic host Burke's Utah Jazz at Amway Center.
The Magic used the second pick in the 2013 NBA Draft to select Oladipo. The Jazz acquired Burke in a draft night trade after the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Burke ninth overall.
Burke was the consensus college player of the year last season, and he led the Wolverines to a runner-up finish in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
In 15 games this season, Burke is averaging 12.4 points, 4.9 assists and 1.3 turnovers per game.
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