Iverson's big second half leads DEN over Magic
Allen Iverson scored 27 of his 34 pts in the second half and also had 7 asts, 5 steals; Carmelo Anthony finished with 23 pts; Eduardo Najera off the bench 17 pts; Linas Kleiza also off the bench 15 pts; Nene 12 pts, 8 rebs; and Marcus Camby 10 pts, 7 rebs, 5 steals. ORL was led by DHoward with 23 pts, 12 rebs; JNelson 16 pts, 6 asts but 7 TOs; KDooling off the bench 14 pts; HTurkoglu 12 pts in 18 minutes due to foul trouble; and DMilicic 10 pts, 8 rebs.
DEN (42 of 84, 50%) outscored the Magic (39 of 80, 48.8%) from the field 88-87. Magic shot well from 3 pt range, going 9 of 15, while DEN was 4 of 15. DEN (23 of 31) had the advantage at the FT line over the Magic (14 of 19). The Magic outrebounded DEN 44-37. TOs doomed the Magic once again as they committed 25 TOs, compared to just 12 for DEN. DEN had a very good 28/12 AST/TO ratio, while the Magic were just 24/25. The Magic bench outscored the DEN bench 40-32.
With MIA's win over WAS, the Magic now fall 1 game behind the Heat for the 7th seed, and 1/2 game behind NJ for the 8th seed. The Magic now have the brutal task of playing at SA FRI and at DAL SAT.