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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Magic get even with Pacers

The Magic (8-4), led by JNelson's 22 pts, 5 assists, and 3 steals with just 1 TO held on to beat the Pacers (6-6) 96-91.

Three other players scored in double figures for the Magic: DHoward (16 pts 11 rebs), GHill (14 pts 6 rebs), and Darko off the bench (11 pts 6 rebs 3 blocks). Jermaine O'Neal led IND with 23 pts 11 rebs. Stephen Jackson and Jamaal Tinsley each added 19 pts. Al Harrington, who had scored 32 pts against the Magic two weeks ago, was held to just 4 pts this time on 2 of 13 shooting.

The Magic (34 of 69, 49.3%) outscored IND (31 of 77, 40.3%) from the floor 70-67. IND shot 5 of 12 from 3 pt range, while the Magic were just 2 of 8. The Magic (26 of 43, 60.5%) outscored IND (24-29, 82.8%) from the FT line, but the Magic's FT shooting left a lot to be desired. IND won the rebounding battle 45-41. The Magic had a poor assist/turnover ratio of 12-16, while the Pacers had a poor ratio also of 17-19. The Magic bench, which only scored 12 pts against MEM, was a lot better scoring 32 pts, while the IND bench scored 33.

Nice job by the Magic shutting down Harrington this time. 17 missed FTs by ORL made the game a lot closer than it should have been. At least the Magic proved they could beat IND, as the Pacers had beaten the Magic 5 of their last 6 in ORL and 4 in a row overall. Magic have Turkey Day off, then travel to MIA FRI to play the struggling Heat.

3 Comments:

  • At 4:27 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Hey Matt, great job at predicting a Magic 5 pt win!

    Now that Redick is activated, I'm anxious for him to see some playing time.

    Happy Turkey Day everyone!

     
  • At 11:03 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    That was a good win for the Magic. Despite a sluggish first half, the team played well in the second half, offensively and defensively.

    I hope that Magic shows up with the same kind of resolve in Miami. Cleveland has a tough game in Indiana, and with a win over Miami, Magic may be able to secure the sole top spot in the east.

     
  • At 10:57 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Its about time we ended their streak,kudos to the team for playing with some heart in the second half,and a little props to bsh for making some better adjustments rotation wise...

     

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