Clutch 3 pt shooting by JNelson leads Magic to win over NY
Five Magic players scored in double figures, led by Nelson with 18 pts, 5 rebs; HTurkoglu also with 18 pts, 5 asts; Battie with 14 pts on 6 of 7 FGs; DHoward with 10 pts, 14 rebs, 4 steals, and 3 blocks; and JRedick who led the reserves with 12 pts (2 of 5 3 pt FGs). NY was led by Stephon Marbury with 32 pts, 5 rebs; and Eddy Curry added 17 pts. Former Magic guard Steve Francis scored just 1 pt in 12 minutes.
The Magic (37 of 71, 52.1%) outscored NY (32 of 68, 47.1%) from the field 80-66. The Magic hit on 6 of 17 3 pt FGs, while NY was just 2 of 13 from long range. NY (23 of 37) enjoyed a big edge at the FT line over the Magic (14 of 21). The Magic had a slight edge in rebounds 35-34. Despite 20 TOs, the Magic still had a better AST/TO ratio of 22/20 than the Knicks 14/15. The NY bench outscored the Magic bench 31-28.
The Magic were able to overcome a large disparity in FT attempts (16 more FT attempts for NY) and 20 TOs thanks to a 52.1 FG percentage, balanced scoring, and missed NY FTs. Magic did not panic after losing a 6 pt lead in the 4th quarter, and came out with a very encouraging win. A trip to BOS is next up on WED.