Victor Oladipo’s outside shooting appears to be better than advertised.
Oladipo has made seven of his 13 3-point tries so far in the Orlando Pro Summer League.
And, on Thursday, he sank a go-ahead jumper from 22 feet with 4.4 seconds left that gave the Magic a 90-89 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
“You dream about those moments all the time, whether it’s in a little summer league or in the park or you’re in the front of your house shooting on a side basket and you go, ‘Three, two, one . . .!’ and you shoot it,” Oladipo said.
“It’s just stuff you live for — moments like that. It’s fun. I just want to continue to keep winning. I still had a lot of mistakes today, but to play through them and come out and make a big shot, it definitely builds my confidence.”
Oladipo, the second overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft, continued to play point guard on Thursday. He scored 24 points, distributed six assists and had five turnovers.
Oladipo and Maurice Harkless spent part of Wednesday night shooting baskets and working on their ball-handling at the Magic’s practice facility.
“We have a lot in common,” Harkless said.
The 76ers’ top rookie is point guard Michael Carter-Williams, whose Syracuse Orange beat Oladipo’s Indiana Hoosiers in March in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
On Thursday, Oladipo hit his game-winning shot over Carter-Williams.
“I wanted this one a little bit,” Oladipo said.
The Magic will face the Boston Celtics on Friday at 2 p.m. The winner will finish the league in seventh place.
The championship game will pit the Houston Rockets against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Tipoff for that game is scheduled for noon.
The first four games Friday, including the Magic-Celtics game, will be televised on NBA TV. The fifth game, between the Brooklyn Nets and the 76ers for ninth place, will be streamed online.
• UCF men’s basketball coach Donnie Jones attended Thursday’s summer league games.
• Magic guard Doron Lamb, who banged his left knee in a collision Tuesday, didn’t play against the 76ers.
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