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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Magic blow out cold-shooting Bobcats

After a relatively close first half, where the Magic (20-14, 13-6 home) led by just 56-50 at halftime over CHA, they allowed CHA (9-23, 3-12 away) just 24 second half pts en route to their biggest blow-out victory of the year, 106-74.

Eleven of twelve players scored for the Magic. DHoward led with 22 pts, 12 rebs. Howard also made his first career 3 pt basket at the end of the second quarter. JNelson added 20 pts (8 of 15 shooting); HTurkoglu 14 pts 5 asts; and TAriza 10 pts, 9 rebs, and 5 asts. J.J. Redick, TDiener, and PGarrity combined for 18 pts on 7 of 10 shooting. CHA was led by reserve Matt Carroll with 19 pts, and Raymond Felton added 11 pts 7 asts.

The Magic (39 of 68, 57.4%) outscored CHA (25 of 86, 29.1%) 87-58. The Magic shot well from 3 pt range, 9 of 15, while CHA was 8 of 24. ORL (19 of 30) had the advantage at the FT line over CHA (16 of 23). The Magic had a 45-36 edge on the boards. The Magic distributed the ball well with 22 asts, but had 20 TOs. CHA's AST/TO ratio was 15-11. The Magic bench outscored the CHA bench 39-31.

GHill and KDooling continued to sit, resting their injuries, while DMilicic strained his foot in the first half and only played 4 minutes. The Magic showed their strong depth this game, and won their third game in a row for the first time in over a month. Magic have a day of rest before former coach Doc Rivers and the Celtics come to town SUN evening.


  • At 12:55 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Some comments from taking the game in at Amway Arena:

    - Great seats at SEC 202, upper bowl, facing the FT line, 5 rows up.
    - This makes 7 games in a row that the Magic have won with me in attendance (since JAN 2005).
    - Not even the "Garrity Effect" could jinx the Magic. Heck, he even made two 3-pt FGs.
    - Only negatives were the 20 TOs and Darko's injury.
    - Jameer was impressive again. He really seems to have gained confidence in his shooting the last few games. Also, it was nice to see Arroyo do a lot better than he has been, since it was his bobblehead doll night (There weren't any left by the time I got there 20 minutes before game time, so they went pretty fast).
    - Nice seeing J.J. and Travis shoot well when they were in there.
    - Two things really got the crowd going... the 3 pt shot by Dwight at the end of the first half, and Trevor's explosive dunk in the second half (think it was the 4th quarter but not sure).
    - With me in attendance, the Magic have now won 7 games in a row... and am looking forward to another win SUN.

  • At 2:22 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…


    Heck yes those are good seats Mike; I was in section 201 for the Heat game last week! I bet you got a few t-shirts shot up your way!

    I myself was down in 116. We never get any shirts fired off in our section; however, Ariza's dunk looked SICK from our view!

    Mike, I'm going to put this out there; you need to move down here. We need you in the O-rena; excuse me, Amway Arena on a regular basis.

    Seeing Garrity out there always bothers my stomach. He was actually kind of booed as he entered the game. I almost felt bad for him. He was playing really hard though; maybe the boos motivated him?

    I think Nelson likes the leather ball.

    Arroyo played as patient as I've seen him in a long time.

    However, I almost like the way the teams plays better with Travis running the show, rather than Arroyo.

    Redick needs more playing time with Diener and Nelson on the floor. Arroyo doesn't really look for him at all.

    Dwight hit 2 jumpers tonight for the 1st time ever. One was from the free throw line, the other of course 3 point line. I'm glad to say I was in attendance to witness this...along with Mike of course!

    Something really bothered me tonight... The Magic were up by 20ish for most of the 4th. The entire bench is on the floor for the most part; although Hedo remained on the floor. He drives to the basket, tweaks his ankle. I'm like, "take him out". He remains on the floor. He looked to be hobbling; a few plays later he falls again, and grabs his ankle! He then remains in the game, at this point, I'm like "what the..."? I mean really, this guy just sprained his ankle, he's still doing therapy on it day to day, it's obviously bothering him, we're up by 20, WHY IS HE STILL ON THE FLOOR?!?!?!?!

    This one is dedicated to Big Figure; FIRE BRIAN HILL!

    The Magic of November are back; and I'm sticking to it.

    Yo Mike, I'll be there again Sunday, in section 116, row P! At least with you there, I know I won't have to worry about the out come!

  • At 3:21 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    I don't mind saying that I was a little nervous at the beginning of this game.. I know these are the kind of games The Magic are suppose to win, but have had trouble doing so in the past. Even though it was still close at halftime, I started to feel this night belonged to the Magic. We don't get many 30+ point blow-outs so it feels really REALLY good when they do come along...

    I always cringe when Garrity enters a game. I immediatley beging wondering who just ended up on BSH's Shit List...

    Did anyone happen to see the post-game press conference with BSH?
    I swore I hear BSH complain the he wasn't happy with the Magic's offensive output.. He's got to be kidding!!! What a friggin IDIOT!! The Magic score 106 points, dish out 22 assists, and everyone who played except for Darko, scored, and Emporer BSH isn't happy.. This is dedicated to our pal Big Figure: Fire Brian Hill!!!

  • At 4:12 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The 3 pt basket by Dwight was #4 on Sportscenter's top plays of the day. Trevor's awesome dunk was #2 (Jason Kidd's over-the-shoulder, back-to-the-bucket basket against the Bulls was number 1).

    "Overwaded", I never get t-shirts shot in my direction when I attend a Magic game. When I sat in the seats behind the basket a couple years back, I did catch a "Stuff" rubber doll that was shot, but I gave it to a little kid in front of me who wanted it. I don't think I would do that if I caught a t-shirt, however.

    You're lucky, "Overwaded", to get such good seats to the game. I can't complain about the seats in the upper bowl, it offers a really good view, though my sister said she wished she had brought some binoculars. I'll be there Sunday in SEC 219 6 rows up... so you guys can relax and not worry about the outcome. Hopefully my presence will continue to bode well for the Magic.

    By the way, good point about Hedo... he should have been taken out sooner than he was, considering he still isn't quite 100%. That was probably BHill's only major mistake this game.

  • At 10:40 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Everyone has stated the good points of the game,and i'll just throw in the fact that two guys i always get on for not showing up in the box score showed up tonight,carlos pushed the ball well and seemed like a totally different player,he was very active getting up the court and even fired a pass to JJ for his first basket on a wide open shot,and battie's defense and rebounding helped big in darko's absence.One last thing,trevors dunk was ridiculous,dwight dunked on brezec twice and i thought those were tight at the time,then trevor jumps over the rim and dunks on emeka,at the same time it looked like he karate kicked emeka in the chest.....LOL. Dwight and trevor might be the most athletic pair of players playing on the same team,you add vince carter,forget it! Everybody 1-2-3 FIRE BRIAN HILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • At 12:26 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Excellent points by everybody. I just want to re-emphasize on the Trevor and Dwight's combination, that Big Figure pointed out. The two seem to complement each other to a great deal, which is fun to watch. I remember in the summer, when Trevor's signing was kinda delayed (I advocated that he should have been signed without becoming a free agent), his agent mentioned that Trevor was a jumpshot away from being a super-star. Otis Smith chuckled at the statement, and I agreed with that being an overstatement, at the time. But now, does anybody doubt that is the case with Trevor? The guy does every thing so well, and even his jumpshot is improving. Look out for a star being born.


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