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ORLANDO, Fla. . -- The Orlando Magic have made no secret that the future of their franchise will depend on how well they can develop their young players. Rookie Victor Oladipo is a key cog in that group and provided a glimpse of what team officials hope that future will look like. Arron Afflalo scored 32 points and Oladipo had 30 points, a career-high 14 assists and nine rebounds as the Magic rallied to beat the New York Knicks 129-121 in double overtime on Friday night. The Magic trailed by as many as 14 points, but got 25 points and 10 assists from Oladipo after halftime to stave off the Knicks. Tobias Harris added 22 points. "Every game I control one thing -- my energy that I bring to both ends of the floor," Oladipo said. "Im just trying to do that every game, whether its a good game or a bad game." Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak in its first game following the departure of Glen Davis, who had the remainder of his contract bought out earlier in the day. Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said he thought Oladipo played a complete game. The rookie logged a team-high 49 minutes. "He got what he wanted to on both ends of the floor," Vaughn said. "On the offensive end, in a lot of different places we kind of let him go and it was his decision to make." Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 44 points, but only 14 came after the third quarter. The Knicks loss ended their eight-game win streak over the Magic. It was also the latest head-scratching loss for a New York team that has last four of its last five and is yet to post back-to-back wins this month. "Every game right now is important," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "They made the run at the start of the fourth and we couldnt get it back. Its a tough loss." Afflalo found Oladipo for a layup to put the Magic in front 117-113 in the second overtime. But Afflalo injured his right ankle in the process by stepping on Raymond Feltons foot and didnt return. He will be evaluated before the teams upcoming four-game road trip. Orlando was dealt another blow on the Knicks next possession when centre Nik Vucevic was whistled for his sixth foul. Anthony then hit a pair of free-throws to get New York back within a basket. Oladipo answered, getting fouled when he fought past Tim Hardaway Jr. for a layup. He completed the three-point play to push the lead back to 120-115. The Knicks got it back to a point before another three-point play by Oladipo made it 125-121 with 30.7 seconds left. Felton had a 3-pointer rattle out on the other end, forcing the Knicks to foul and Orlando sealed the win at the free throw line. "It is just another game that I feel that we gave away," Anthony said. "We were up and had a comfortable lead. They fought back and never quit." Felton hit back-to-back jumpers to put New York up 113-111 with less than three minutes to play in the first overtime. Oladipo quickly countered on the other end with a driving layup before Felton sprinted ahead and found Tyson Chandler for a reverse slam. But the ball bounced off Chandlers head and popped up and out of the basket. Chandler was called for offensive interference and the basket was waved off. The Magic got the ball, but Afflalos pass was knocked away by Chandler and prompting a Knicks timeout with 41.6 remaining. Anthony briefly got open in the lane, but could only get off a leaning 16-footer that hit the rim and was rebounded by the Magic, who called their own timeout with 8 seconds left. Orlando got up several shots at the rim, but Vucevics final tip attempt fell short. The Knicks led by as many as 14 in the third quarter before the Magic trimmed it to 86-83 in the opening minutes of the fourth. Afflalo sent it to overtime when he hit a step-back jumper with 42.9 seconds left to tie it 106-all. As solid as his performance was, Oladipo said hes not satisfied. "Theres so much room for improvement. I can get so much better," he said. "I really feel like I havent scratched the surface of how good Im going to be. I honestly believe that." NOTES: The Magic improved to 1-4 in overtime games this season. ... J.R. Smith made his 12th start of the season in place of injured swingman Iman Shumpert, who is expected to miss about two weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee. ... Former Magic player Penny Hardaway was honoured in a ceremony as part of the teams ongoing 25th anniversary season celebration. . Theres just no way. Duncan is having too much fun with his San Antonio Spurs coaches and teammates, and hes playing too well to call it quits now. Duncan has decided to exercise the option on his contract for 2014-15 and will return next season, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Monday. . Lee had four birdies on the back nine and another three on the front to take the lead from Lang. "Everything felt good today, the driver, the 6-iron, the putter .(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will try to end a three-game slide tonight and bounce back from Fridays lopsided loss in Montreal when they take on the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins at Scotiabank Place. Erik Cole netted a natural hat trick in the first period and the Canadiens coasted to a 5-1 win over a struggling Ottawa club that is just 1-3-2 over its last six games. Ottawa has lost all three of its games during its current losing streak in regulation and the seventh-seeded Sens are just two points in front of Washington and Buffalo in the East standings. The Sabres are in action against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, while the Capitals are idle. The Winnipeg Jets are six points back of the Senators but just four points out of a playoff spot as they face the Predators in Nashville tonight. The Senators are also three points behind Boston for first place in the Northeast Division. The Bruins, who hold two games in hand over Ottawa, are playing tonight in Los Angeles. Jason Spezza scored the only goal on Friday for the Senators. Spezza returned after missing one tilt with flu-like symptoms to play in his 600th career NHL game. Craig Anderson gave up three goals on 23 shots and Ben Bishop surrendered two tallies on just nine shots in defeat. Anderson was playing for the first time after missing 12 games due to a laceration on his right hand. Its uncertain if Anderson, who was pulled after 45 minutes on Friday, will get the start on consecutive nights, Ottawa, which is 19-15-4 as the host this year, is home for just one game before embarking on a three-game road trip. The Penguins will try to add yet another victory to an impressive run that has lasted more than a month. No team has been hotter than the Penguins over the last month, as Pittsburgh has compiled a 13-0-1 record in its last 14 games, a stretch that began with a 2-0 win over the New York Rangers on Feb. 21. The hot streak has helped put the Penguins in position to win the Atlantic Division, where they are trailing the Rangers by one point for first place in both the division and Eastern Conference standings. New York, which has played one more game (74) than the Pens, is also in action tonight in Toronto. After having an 11-game winning streak halted in Philadelphia on Sunday, the Penguins scored a total of 13 goals in consecutive home victories over Winnipeg and Nashville. The most recent triumph came in Thursdays 5-1 pasting of the Predators and that victory was enough to clinch Pittsburgh a sixth straight postseason berth. Evgeni Malkin scored two goals in Thursdays victory, giving him seven goals and seven assists during a six-game point streak. With 95 points, Malkin holds a 10-point lead over Philadelphias Claude Giroux for the NHL scoring lead. Also, his 45 goals are second this season only to the 50 markers scored by Tampa Bays Steven Stamkos. Pascal Dupuis, Matt Cooke and Chris Kunitz also scored on Thursday for the Penguins, who are four points ahead of Philadelphia for the fourth seed in the East. James Neal had four assists one game after picking up his second career hat trick in an 8-4 rout of Winnipeg on Tuesday. Sidney Crosby was held without a point for just the second time in five games since returning from head and neck injuries that kept him sidelined for over three months. The only bad news to came out of Thursdays win for the Penguins was that defenseman Matt Niskanen suffered an upper-body injury in the game. Niskanen, who has four goals and 17 assists in 72 games this season, did not travel with the team to Ottawa. Beginning with tonights test, the Pens are playing three of their next five on the road. Pittsburgh is 20-13-4 as the guest this season. This evenings test marks the final scheduled meeting between the Sens and Pens this season. Ottawa has won two straight after losing the season series opener in Pittsburgh on Nov. 25. The Senators have taken three of their last four home games against the Pens. Wild at Sabres The surging Buffalo Sabres will try to take hold of the Eastern Conferences eighth seed when they host the Minnesota Wild tonight at First Niagara Center. The Sabres enter todays action tied with idle Washington for the Easts eighth and final postseason berth. Buffalo was one point behind the Capitals heading into Friday, but the Sabres drew even thanks to last nights win against the New York Rangers and an overtime loss by Washington against Winnipeg. After tonights game, Buffalos next tilt will be Tuesdays showdown with the Capitals in D.C. Buffalo posted a 4-1 win against the Rangers on Friday at Madison Square Garden. Drew Stafford had two goals and an assist to help the Sabres win their third straight game and improve to 5-0-2 over their last seven trips to the ice. "Were not worried about the other teams around us," Stafford said after the important win. "We know if we play well, take care of our business and win the games, well be sitting just fine." Tyler Ennis added a goal and two assists for the Sabres, while Travis Turnbull recorded his first NHL goal in his second career game. Ryan Miller made 26 saves for Buffalo, improving to 6-0-2 over his last eight starts. Buffalo forwards Nathan Gerbe and Patrick Kaleta missed the game with upper- body injuries and are questionable for tonight. The Sabres are 19-11-8 as the host this season and have gone 6-0-1 over their last seven tests in western New York. The Wild will aim for their first three-game winning streak in over three months when they take the ice tonight. Since a season-high, seven-game winning streak ended on Dec. 13, Minnesota has posted consecutive victories on just three occasions and the latest instance camee with back-to-back wins over Vancouver and Calgary. Minnesota, which has been all but mathematically eliminated from the Western Conference playoff race, posted a 2-0 win over the Canucks on Monday and then completed a five-game homestand with Thursdays 3-2 shootout victory over the Calgary Flames. Devin Setoguchi scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Wild to their recent win over the playoff-hopeful Flames, who blew a two-goal lead in Thursdays contest. The Wild scored two unanswered goals in regulation after falling behind 2-0, tying the game when Darroll Powe knocked the puck just over the goal line with 7:37 remaining in the third period. Josh Harding made three saves in the shootout -- the other shot was wide -- and Setoguchi scored with a snap shot into the top left corner of the net to beat Miikka Kiprusoff. Harding then denied Blake Comeau at the other end to seal the victory for the Wild. Dany Heatley had a power-play goal for the Wild, who went 2-3 on their five- game homestand, and Harding made 27 saves. Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu returned from a 15-game absence due to a shoulder injury and played 22 minutes. Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom was also back in uniform on Thursday after not being available for the previous seven games with a groin injury. Backstrom, who is 17-17-6 this season, could get his first since March 1 this evening. Jared Spurgeon will miss tonights test after suffering a concussion against Calgary and fellow Wild forward Matt Kassian is expected to sit out a second straight game with a strained groin. Minnesota, which will visit Washington on Sunday to complete a brief two-game trip, is just 14-17-6 as the road club this season. Tonights test marks the only meeting this season between Buffalo and the Wild. The Sabres posted a 3-2 overtime win last year in Minnesota, giving them two wins in the last three encounters in this series. The Wild have won four straight in Buffalo and the only road loss in this series for Minnesota came back on Nov. 17, 2000. Jets at Predators The Winnipeg Jets will try to build off the momentum of Fridays thrilling comeback win in Washington when they take on the Predators in Nashville tonight. Winnipeg trailed the Capitals by a 3-0 count in the second period before rallying to claim a 4-3 overtime decision. It was an important two points for Winnipeg, which is sitting 10th in the East and is four points behind the Capitals and Buffalo for the conferences last playoff spot. Tim Stapletons tally with 2:23 left in OT capped Fridays comeback win for the Jets. Stapleton beat Michal Neuvirth with a high, quick wrister from the left circle to end the contest. Bryan Little and Ben Maxwell also scored for the Jets, while Ondrej Pavelec needed to make just 20 stops for the win. The Jets outshot the Capitals by a combined 19-2 in the final 22:37 of the contest. "I think it was our belief system. We didnt really waver. I think we recognized there was a lot of hockey to be played," said Winnipeg head coach Claude Noel. The Jets, who are closing a three-game road trip tonight, are just 12-20-4 as the visiting team this season compared to a 23-11-4 home mark. Winnipeg will host its next two games against Ottawa and the New York Rangers before heading back out on a four-game swing. On the injury front for Winnipeg, Eric Fehr has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury, while fellow forward Nik Antropov has sat out two in a row with a lower-body issue. Both players are questionable for tonights game. The Predators will try to avoid a fifth loss in six games tonight at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville visited Pittsburgh on Thursday and the Predators fell to 1-3-1 in their last five games after getting dealt a 5-1 setback by the red-hot Penguins. The rout spoiled Alexander Radulovs return to the NHL after he left Nashville for Russias Kontinental Hockey League following the 2007-08 season. Radulov, who caused a stir by ignoring the final year of his entry-level contract with the Predators, officially re-joined the Predators earlier this week to honor the final season of his contract. Radulov, who won two MVPs while playing for Salavat Yulayev in the KHL, is expected to return to the Russian league next season. Radulov cut the lead to 4-1 in the second period on Thursday, scoring his first NHL goal since April 14, 2008, in a playoff game against Detroit. It was his first regular-season goal since he scored two, also against Detroit, on March 20 that year. "For all hes gone through in the last 10 or 12 days, I thought he was fine," Predators coach Barry Trotz said of Radulovs first game back. Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne gave up five goals on 23 shots and is stuck on 39 wins for the season. The Predators, who are 23-9-5 as the host this year, enter todays action in a tie with Chicago for the Western Conferences fifth seed. Detroit is just one point in front of the Preds and Blackhawks in the conference standings. The Red Wings play tonight against visiting Carolina while Chicago is idle before hosting the Predators tomorrow. Nashville has played the last four games without centerman Paul Gaustad, who is dealing with an upper-body issue, but he is expected to return tonight. Fellow forward Colin Wilson has sat out the same stretch with a groin injury and is questionable for tonight. The Predators are facing the Jets for the first time since the franchise relocated last summer from Atlanta, where the club was known as the Thrashers. Nashville has taken three of four and five of seven in this series overall and Atlanta was just 2-5 in seven all-time trips to the Music City. Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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