Hot-shooting Magic relentless in pounding of NJ
The Magic were led by HTurkoglu with 22 pts on 8 of 12 FG; DHoward returned to form with 19 pts on 8 of 11 FG, and 9 rebs; DMilicic off the bench with 14 pts on 6 of 9 FG; J.J. Redick also off the bench with 13 pts; JNelson 12 pts; TBattie 11 pts, 10 rebs; and CArroyo off the bench with 10 pts. James Augustine made his first NBA appearance and scored 2 pts with 3 rebs. NJ was led by Vince Carter with 25 pts, and Eddie House off the bench with 12 pts.
The Magic (45 of 72, 62.5%) outscored NJ (33 of 74, 44.6%) from the floor 97-72. The Magic shot well from 3 pt land, going 7 of 14, while NJ shot 6 of 17 from long range. The Magic (22 of 27) shot FTs well and outscored NJ (14 of 26) from the FT line. The Magic dominated the boards 47-22. The Magic had 14 TOs compared to 9 TOs for NJ, but moved the ball very well on offense with 28 asts, while NJ had 21 asts. The Magic bench outscored the NJ bench 47-42.
A very encouraging win for the Magic, who looked excellent in every phase of the game. The Magic have now won 2 in a row, and come right back SAT night to host the NY Knicks, as the Magic try to continue to gain momentum after losing 8 of 9 games.