Arroyo leads Magic to much-needed win
Arroyo scored 23 pts on 9 of 13 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3 pt range. Just as important, he had 4 assists and 0 turnovers. Four other Magic players scored in double figures: HTurkoglu (18 pts), KDooling (15 pts 6 of 10 FG), TBattie (13 pts 6 of 6 FG), and GHill (10 pts). DHoward added 14 rebounds and 5 blocks, despite scoring just 7 pts. The big three for the Wizards... Arenas, Jamison, and Butler scored 24, 29, and 16 respectively.
The Magic (40-79 50.6%) outscored WAS 89-78 (36 of 79 45.6%) from the field. The Magic shot a sharp 9 of 18 from 3 pt range. WAS (25 of 34 73.5%) had the edge at the FT line (ORL 17 of 24 70.8%). WAS had a slight edge on the boards (38-37). The Magic had their best assist-to- turnover ratio of the year (20-15). WAS was 15-13. The Magic bench was dominant, outscoring the Wizards bench 50-16.
The Magic did many things better this game than the previous two games. Better ball distribution, fewer TOs, good outside shooting, and better FT shooting. Several players also stepped up their play. Arroyo, Dooling, and Bogans combined to score 18 of the 25 Magic 4th quarter pts. Overall, a nice win over a playoff team from the last few seasons.