Monster game by Howard leads to Magic win over GS
In addition to Howard's career game, KBogans scored 16 pts off the bench, and KDooling, back from injury, added 13 pts. Bogans and Dooling combined to shoot 6 of 9 from 3 pt range. HTurkoglu was not active for this game; TAriza started in his place and scored 5 pts, but had to leave the game just before the half with a sprained MCL. GS was led by Monta Ellis with 14 pts, and Baron Davis was held to just 13 pts after scoring 38 pts against the Magic last month.
The Magic (34 of 84, 40.5%) outscored GS (28 of 76, 36.8%) from the floor 74-61. The Magic hit on 6 of 14 3 pt FG, while GS was 5 of 17 from long range. FT shooting was a struggle for both teams, with the Magic going 17 of 33, and GS 15 of 27. The Magic won the rebound battle 52-45. The Magic had a slightly better AST/TO ratio of 20/14, while the GS ratio was 20/18. The Magic bench outscored the GS bench 33-27.
Aside from the FT shooting and injury to Ariza, good start on this tough 11 game stretch. Bogans and Dooling were impressive off the bench. Of course, not enough superlatives can be said for Dwight. Magic head to LA to play the Lakers FRI night.