Good news/bad news: Magic win, but so do CHI/PHI
It was a balanced effort by the Magic, as all 5 starters scored in double figures. JNelson led the attack, scoring 27 pts. He was helped by HTurkoglu (18 pts), TBattie (16 pts), DHoward (14 pts), and DStevenson (10 pts). KDooling led the bench with 6 pts. Morris Peterson (23 pts), Mike James (21 pts), and Charlie Villanueva (19 pts) led TOR.
TOR outscored the Magic 82-81 from the field, thanks to 8 of 15 3 pt shooting. The Magic shot 47.5%, TOR 47.4%. ORL shot 22 of 33 from the FT line (66.7%), while TOR shot just 14 of 23 (60.9%) from the line. TOR outrebounded the Magic 41-37. The Magic had a very good assist-to-turnover ratio of 22-10, while TOR's ratio was just 18-18. The Magic bench was outscored by the TOR bench 19-18, as the Magic bench shot a collective 5 of 20. Darko did add 3 blocks in just 18 minutes.
Essentially, the Magic need to win their remaining 4 games, including Thursday night at SA, while hoping CHI and PHI win no more than 1 game each. It's not going to happen, but the Magic are convincing most people what a great future is in store!