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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Magic make it 2 in a row on road trip with win over SEA

After SEA led 59-53 midway through the third quarter, the Magic turned up their play a notch scoring 21 of the next 27 pts and cruised to a 94-84 win. The Magic, now 12-4, and winners of 9 of their last 10 games, now move 2 games ahead of DET in the East and 2 1/2 ahead of CLE.

DHoward led the way for the Magic with 24 pts 12 rebs, on perfect 8 of 8 shooting. He was the only starter to score in double figures, but the bench did their usual stellar job, led by CArroyo with 16 pts and DMilicic with 14 pts. Ray Allen scored 21 and Rashard Lewis 18 for SEA, but only one other player, Johan Petro with 13 pts, scored in double figures.

The Magic (34 of 67, 50.7%) outscored SEA (31 of 80, 38.8%) from the floor 70-68. The Magic (24 of 33, 72.7%) had the edge at the FT line over SEA (16 of 17, 94.1%). Magic won the rebounding battle 40-35. Both teams had similar assist/turnover ratios, with the Magic at 21-17 and SEA at 18-14. The Magic reserves dominated, outscoring the SEA bench 48-17.

Even though Dwight was the only starter to score in double figures, the bench did a great job in coming to the rescue, as 4 reserves saw over 20 minutes of playing time. Great job by the Magic in holding down two high-scoring teams in UT and SEA. Brian Hill deserves some credit for this too, and for good player rotation. It's on to Portland FRI night.


  • At 1:38 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Grant and Hedo combined to shoot just 4 of 16 for 9 pts. Grant had his worst game of the year with just 4 pts, but he has been solid as a rock. However, I'm a little worried about Hedo, because he was so solid for us the last month of last season, and has really struggled the last few weeks.

    Even though Jameer scored just 9 pts, he had 6 assists to just 1 TO. Combined with Carlos, they had 10 assists to just 3 TOs.

    Nice games by Darko and Ariza; even Bogans made the most of his 4 minutes by scoring 4 pts.

    Matt and Introvert316, good job at coming close to the victory margin in your predictions. Big Figure, good pre-game analysis, as the Magic did hold down SEA's other players besides Allen and Lewis.

  • At 4:21 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Dwight is THE MAN!
    Everyone said the Magic weren't going to "sneak up on anyone" this year after last years end of the season rally. Maybe so, but teams aren't having much luck stopping them either.
    The depth of this Magic team is down right scary. Just imagine if Reddick and Deener spend any time on the floor.

    I'm not to worried about Hedo's slight slup at the moment. Hedo has always been a streaky shooter. If he was one of our only scoring options, then there would be cause to worry. I think as long as he continues driving to the basket, and grabbing a few rebounds, he'll work himself out of it.

    A great way to beging this road trip.

  • At 8:10 AM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Nice to see they can win the ugly ones. First quarter was all but unwatchable. They looked like a typical Magic team on a west coast road trip.

    Game balls to Dwight, Trevor & Carlos. Ariza is going to be a rich man if he keeps playing excellent defense on guys like Allen & Lewis.

    As much as we criticize B. Hill on this blog it's clear he's the best Hill coaching in the NBA.


  • At 8:59 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    Compared to Utah's game, this one was a bit cleaner, and the ugliness, as far as the Magic involved, went away after the first half. The defense at the start of fourth quarter by the reserves was ridiculous. Trevor is unbelievable and Darko is a shot blocker in his own league. Credit to Hill on his rotation; for a short while in the fourth, he had Tony in, but quickly corrected himself putting Darko in the game.

    Nice win for the Magic. Portland should do no better than Utah and Seattle stopping the Double Ds front-line.

  • At 1:34 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    At points in the game when everything looks lost and the magic get down,this team always seem to just make the smart routine plays to get themselves back into the game,grant on some of those fast break easy layups,trevor blocking a shot and saving it from out of bounds leading to a fast break,keyon and carlos hustling and getting steals for easy baskets,just another all-around good team effort,boy,when your bench plays this good it really saves the legs of your starters.


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