Magic fade in fourth, lose tenth road game in a row
Six players scored in double figures for the Magic, led by DStevenson (18 pts). DHoward added 17 pts and 12 rebounds. Darko shined once again off the bench (12 pts on 6 of 7 shooting, 9 rebs and 2 blocks in 26 minutes). CArroyo had just 4 pts on 2 of 9 shooting. However, he had 4 assists and 3 rebs in only 19 minutes. Five players scored in double figures for GS, led by JRichardson (25 pts). Richardson scored 11 pts in the final 1:49.
The Magic lost this game at the FT line, as GS made 27 of 40 (67.5%), while the Magic shot a mere 9 of 15 (60%). The Magic outscored GS 85-71 from the field on 46.7% shooting, while GS shot 43.2%. The Magic outrebounded GS 49-44, and had an acceptable assist-to-turnover ratio of 20-12, while GS had a better ratio of 24-11. Bench scoring was even at 28 apiece. The fact that GS attempted 25 more FTs than the Magic really hurt.
Battie, Stephenson, and Dooling all stayed in the starting lineup despite their recent struggles. Stephenson and Dooling (13 pts) had decent games, but Battie (8 pts) was a non-factor after the first quarter. GHill (10 pts) and HTurkoglu (10 pts) combined to shoot just 8 of 24. Darko played his most minutes in a Magic uniform, while Arroyo saw only 19 minutes. TAriza did not play at all. When will Darko get his first start? He is proving that he deserves to.