Magic snap losing streak with win at CLE
The Magic were led by the return of GHill to the lineup with 22 pts on 8 of 12 shooting; DHoward bounced back from the worst game of his career with 18 pts, 13 rebs; JNelson added 11 pts, 6 asts. Three members of the Magic bench, DMilicic, KBogans, and KDooling, each scored 9 pts; TDiener had 5 asts in just 14 minutes. LeBron James had a subpar game for CLE, scoring just 18 pts and missing 7 FTs in 13 attempts; Larry Hughes and Damon Jones each with 16 pts; and Drew Gooden with 12 pts, 11 rebs.
The Magic (36 of 66, 54.5%) outscored CLE (29 of 74, 39.2%) from the floor 77-64. The Magic shot an efficient 5 of 8 from 3 pt range, while CLE shot 6 of 17. CLE (15 of 27) had a slight advantage at the FT line over the Magic (13 of 21). The Magic had a solid advantage rebounding 43-31. CLE committed just 10 TOs, while the Magic had 17. CLE also had the better AST/TO ratio of 20/10; the Magic 20/17. The Magic bench outscored the CLE bench 29-24.
BHill broke his first clipboard in quite a while during the second quarter, as he was unhappy with the defensive effort by the Magic. He got his point across, as the Magic went from an 8 pt lead to a 16 pt lead at the half. Magic will find out how they fare against the best team in the league as they host DAL on TUE.