Reserves carry Magic over DEN for 3rd win in a row
KDooling led the way off the bench with 25 pts on 8 of 14 shooting, including 5 of 5 from 3 pt range. CArroyo had another nice performance off the bench with 14 pts, 5 assists, and just 1 TO. HTurkoglu added 18 pts and GHill 15. Dwight scored 9 pts on 2 of 5 shooting with 8 rebounds, while Jameer scored just 7 pts on 3 of 10 shooting and 4 TOs. TAriza added 9 pts, while Darko struggled with 4 pts, 4 TOs and 5 fouls in just 13 minutes. For DEN, J.R. Smith scored 17 pts in addition to Anthony's 34.
The Magic (34 of 68, 50%) outscored DEN (32 of 75, 42.7%) from the field 78-68. The Magic shot a sizzling 10 of 16 from 3 pt range, compared to just 4 of 16 for DEN. DEN (31 of 43, 72.1%) had the slight edge at the FT line (ORL 30 of 40, 75%). ORL won the rebounding battle 43-36. The Magic had a very poor assist/turnover ratio at 16-26, while DEN had a ratio of 17-19. The Magic bench was huge, outscoring the DEN bench 57-18.
The strong Magic depth continues to be such an asset. Outstanding shooting and pretty good defense by the Magic in holding DEN to 7 pts under their season average were enough to overcome all the TOs. Magic now lead ATL by 1 game in the SE and have 3 days before hosting CHA.