LAKELAND, Fla. — The Lakeland Magic (2-1), the NBA G League affiliate of the Orlando Magic, defeated the Canton Charge (0-2), the Cleveland Cavaliers affiliate, in the Magic’s inaugural home opener. In a game of streaks, the Magic led by as many as 11 and the Charge led by as many as seven. The game went right down to the final minute, but the Magic came out on top 105-100.
Orlando Magic assignment player Wes Iwundu tied the Lakeland Magic’s season high in scoring with 31 points on 12 of 22 shooting to lead the game. Iwundu also had nine rebounds, finishing the game one rebound short of a double-double. Fellow assignment player Khem Birch contributed nine points on four of five shooting and added on 10 rebounds and two steals.
Up one with thirty seconds to play, Birch drew a charge on Kendrick Perkins that gained momentum for the Magic. On the other side of the court, Troy Caupain finished an acrobatic layup to go up by three. After the Charge missed a good look from three to tie the game, Two-Way Player Jamel Artis corralled the rebound and was fouled. He went to the line and sealed the game for Lakeland.
Magic affiliate player Troy Caupain contributed 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals while shooting five of nine from the three-point line. Artis tallied 21 points, eight rebounds, and three assists of his own. Affiliate player Rodney Purvis had another strong game, finishing with 15 points, six assists, and six rebounds.
Affiliate player Marcus Thornton led the Charge in scoring with 22 points. Two-Way Player London Perrantes added in 20 points, seven assists, and two steals. Fellow Two-Way Player John Holland also had 20 points and seven rebounds. NBA veteran Kendrick Perkins, an affiliate player, had ten points and eight rebounds in just 24 minutes, establishing himself as a post presence.
The Magic gained an early advantage, leading by five after the first quarter, and by seven at the half. The Charge made a third quarter push, outscoring the Magic by ten, to take the lead by three entering the final quarter. Luckily for the home team, Troy Caupain got hot from deep, converting three triples in the fourth quarter alone.