Magic make it 5 in a row with win over ATL
A great team effort by the Magic with 6 players in double figures, led by DHoward with 20 pts and 16 rebs. Also contributing were JNelson (17 pts), HTurkoglu (16 pts), DStevenson (14 pts), Darko (13 pts), and KDooling (10 pts). CArroyo sat out due to the strained hamstring he suffered against MIA, but his teammates sure picked up the slack. Six players scored in double figures for ATL, led by Al Harrington (19 pts). Joe Johnson, who torched the Magic in two previous games this year, was held to just 12 pts.
Great stats for the Magic tonight. They outscored ATL from the field 88-70 on 52.6% FG shooting. ATL shot 43%. The Magic shot 17 of 24 from the FT line (70.8%). ATL shot 18 of 26 (69.2%). ATL C ZaZa Pachulia missed the game due to an achilles injury, and that really hurt them as they were outrebounded 46-39 by the Magic. The Magic had great ball movement with 27 assists, and only 12 TOs. ATL's assist-to-turnover ratio was just 10-11. The ATL bench outscored the Magic bench 48-31, but that was due to two of ATL's starters playing only 4 and 6 minutes.
The Magic started out slow, falling behind after one quarter, before waking up and then pulling away in the fourth. Good job by Coach Hill helping the team maintaining its focus of one game at a time and not suffering a letdown. The only bad news: PHI beat WAS, so the Magic remain 3 games behind PHI.