Record-breaking loss for Magic at CHA
Six players scored in double figures for the Magic, including all 5 starters. HTurkoglu had 24 pts 9 assists, JNelson had 19 pts 8 assists, DHoward 17 pts 15 rebs. TBattie (14 pts), DStevenson (11 pts), and KDooling (11 pts) all scored in double figures. The ORL bench, which had been playing so well, was outscored by CHA's bench 24-17. Darko saw only 12 minutes of action (0 pts 3 blocks). CArroyo did not score in 13 minutes of action. TAriza had just 2 pts in 18 minutes. Five players scored in double figures for CHA, led by Gerald Wallace (27 pts), and Primoz Brezec (22 pts). Raymond Felton had 13 assists.
The Magic did shoot well at 50% (39/78), but were outscored from the field by CHA 87-84, even though CHA shot just 44.4% (40/90). CHA outscored the Magic 21-18 from the FT line, as the Magic shot just 18/26 (69.2%), compared to 80.8% by CHA (21/26). Magic were outrebounded again 44-39, including 17-9 on the offensive boards. CHA had a superb assist-to-turnover ratio of 26-8, compared to 24-14 for the Magic.
Yet another relatively unknown player had a career night against the Magic. Bernard Robinson, who had been averaging just 6 pts and 3 rebs, scored 17 pts, along with 13 rebs and 6 assists. A bad loss for the Magic to the team with the worst record in the NBA, and they made history in the process.