by Tom Morgan
Victor Oladipo didn't let getting shifted to the bench bring him down as he led the Orlando Magic to a 100-91 win over the Knicks at the Amway Center Wednesday night.
Oladipo made 13-of-15 free throws on his way to 24 points. Coach Scott Skiles replaced Oladipo in the starting lineup, inserting 3-point shooter Channing Frye, who scored just 3 points.
Nikola Vucevic tallied a double-double with 22 and 12 rebounds for Orlando, which snapped a two-game losing streak.
Tobias Harris scored 17 points for the Magic, who also got 12 points and 11 assists from Elfrid Payton.
New York's starting lineup scored 79 of its 91 points, including 28 from Carmelo Anthony.
In other state sports news...
- The Detroit Pistons outscored the Miami Heat in every quarter in a 104-81 victory at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Andre Drummond posted his usual double-double, picking up 18 points and 20 rebounds in the win. Gerald Green led the Heat with 16 points, while Hassan Whiteside added 15 points and 13 boards. Miami's three-game win streak was snapped.
- Dorian Finney-Smith scored 20 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out six assists in Florida's 86-to-62 win over Vermont on Thursday. Devin Robinson chipped in with 15 points and eight boards as the Gators had four players in double figures. John Egbunu had 14 points and Kasey Hill scored 13 as the Gators improved to 4 and 1.
- In the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Weber State defeated Murray State 75-59 to win the championship. Drake captured third place with a 69-53 win over Pepperdine.
- UCF has one last chance to break into the win column. Tonight, the 0-11 Knights host cross-state rival South Florida in a Thanksgiving night game at Brighthouse Networks Stadium. The Bulls, still with a chance to win the American Conference Eastern Division, has won six of their last seven games. Kickoff is slated for 7:30.
- Three Florida defensive linemen - Jon Bullard, Alx McCalister and Taven Bryan - were all listed as doubtful Wednesday for Saturday's rivalry game with Florida State. But linebacker Antonio Morrison, defensive tackle Caleb Brantley, offensive tackle David Sharpe and wide receiver Brandon Powell were listed as probable.