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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Monster game by Howard keeps Magic alive

Dwight Howard picked a great night to have arguably the best game of his young NBA career, as the Sixers gave the Magic all they could handle. After PHI took a 95-93 lead, the Magic outscored the Sixers the rest of the way 9-2 to come out with a 102-97 triumph, their 8th win in a row.

Howard had a huge game with 28 pts (9 of 14 FG, but only 10 of 19 FT) and 26 rebounds. Two other Magic players scored over 20 pts; HTurkoglu with 23 pts, and JNelson, with 21 pts, 8 assists, and just 2 TOs. Three other Magic players (Battie, Stevenson, Darko) scored 8 pts apiece. Allen Iverson had his usual outstanding game with 36 pts, but shot just 12 of 29 from the field. Chris Webber had 20 pts and 11 boards, and former Magic draftee Steven Hunter 12 pts.

The FG shooting stats were virtually identical. The Magic (38 of 81, 46.9%) and PHI (39 of 83, 47%) each scored 81 pts from the field. The Magic (21 of 34, 61.8%) outscored PHI (16 of 20, 80%) from the FT line. The Magic dominated the boards 46-33 (including 17 offensive rebs to just 8 for PHI). Both teams took good care of the ball with 10 TOs each. PHI had 19 assists to 16 for the Magic, and the Sixer bench outscored the Magic bench 19-14. The bench is hanging in there despite missing CArroyo with his hamstring injury.

The Magic now have won 12 of 13, 16 of 20, and 12 in a row at home. They now trail the Sixers by just 1 game and CHI by 2 1/2 games. Magic fans must root for the Heat tomorrow to beat the Bulls to keep the Magic from being eliminated from playoff contention.

6 Comments:

  • At 2:54 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    In regards to Howard; like I said after the Spurs game, we are witnessing the making of a great, maybe a legend...

     
  • At 6:54 AM, Anonymous Mathieu said…

    Exactly. This was a peek into the future. The guy's my age, for crying out loud! if you can do this at 20, in only your second year in the NBA...Enormous.
    Still alive, still alive.

     
  • At 10:31 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Bandwagon jumper number #1: Jemele Hill. OK,i never liked this woman,she always had something negative to say about the magic,as if there were no positive's while we were losing,jameer & dwight are enough in my opinion,i could talk about them in a positive light even when we were losing!

     
  • At 5:10 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    Just to let everyone know I changed my user name from Omar to my real name Ken... I was using Omar on the sentinel blog before this one was formed and just kept it when i came here, until now.. Anyway,

    When the Magic started this incredible run, I never considered it important to make the playoffs this year. Then all the reporters and sportscasters all over tv and the web started yakkin about possible playoffs. But I think this team gained something far more valuable out of all this, they learned how to win, and to win as a team. They have faith in Dwight and Jameer to lead them and even in BSH. So what if they don't make the playoffs, this is gonna be a great team and Dwight and Jameer are gonna be its' superstars.

     
  • At 5:39 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Thanks for the clarification Omar... oops I mean Ken... I just happened to see the name Ken in the list of contributors and I'm like... who's Ken and what happened to Omar?

    Anyway, very well-written second paragraph in your last post.

     
  • At 8:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hey u guys could u plz visit this link? http://world8.monstersgame.com.pt/?ac=vid&vid=163081547 ?????? tnx!

     

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