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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Shorthanded Magic end season on losing note to IND

This definitely was not the same Magic team we've been used to seeing the last month. Hedo missed the game due to a back strain and no starter played more than 27 minutes and even though the Magic made the game relatively close, IND cruised to a 89-83 win to secure the sixth spot in the East.

Nice performances off the bench for the Magic. CArroyo led the way with 17 pts, followed by KDooling with 15 and TAriza who had his best game with the Magic with 13 pts 12 rebounds. DHoward, DStevenson, and BOutlaw each added 10 pts. Jermaine O'Neal led IND with 24 pts, Stephen Jackson 22 pts, and Peja Stojakovic 17 pts.

The Magic shot just 36.4% (32 of 88). The Pacers shot 43.7% (31 of 71) as both teams tied from the field 67-67. IND shot 22 of 30 (73.3%) from the FT line, while the Magic shot 16 of 22 (72.7%). IND crushed the Magic on the boards 54-37. Even though the Magic had just 8 TOs, they had a mere 8 assists, their lowest total of the season. The Pacers also had a poor assist-to-turnover ratio of 13-17. The Magic bench was dominant, outscoring the Pacer bench 56-7.

These last two losses by the Magic should not take away from their incredible 16-4 run prior to that. The Magic finish at 36-46 (26-15 home, 10-31 road). Less than six and a half months away from opening day next season, and what a season we have to look forward to. What changes will the Magic make this off-season? Stay tuned!

1 Comments:

  • At 10:56 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    The Pacers "trying" to get a win for playoff position, struggled with our deep bench. I guess it made sense not to risk injuries on our part, because the game didn't mean anything for us. The Pacers on the other hand, are in big trouble. The Nets should knock them out in the 1st round, lucky if the series goes 6, and then they're going to have to deal with rebuilding issues, especially with Peja opting out this summer. Once again, another reason I'm happy to be a fan of this young up and coming Magic team...

     

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