Career game by Davis helps MIN edge Magic in OT
Davis wound up with 36 pts on 13 of 21 FGs and 7 of 7 FTs, and scored the final 13 MIN pts in regulation and OT. Kevin Garnett had his usual solid effort with 22 pts, 14 rebs, and 8 asts. Mike James added 12 pts.
For the Magic, GHill was the only starter to score in double figures, with 23 pts on 10 of 16 FGs. Off the bench, DMilicic scored 18 pts with 10 rebs; TAriza also had 18 pts with 6 rebs; KDooling 11 pts; and JRedick added 9 pts. DHoward was held to 8 pts, but with 19 rebs; JNelson also scored just 8 pts, but added a season-high 8 asts. However, Nelson missed the potential game-winning shots at the end of regulation and OT.
The Magic (41 of 87, 47.1%) outscored MIN (37 of 80, 46.2%) from the field 83-82. MIN connected on 8 of 16 3 pt FGs, while the Magic were a woeful 1 of 11 from long range. MIN (23 of 28) had the edge at the FT line over the Magic (21 of 31). The Magic rebounded well, with a 50-38 advantage over MIN. The Magic cut down on their TOs with 15, but MIN still had the better AST/TO ratio of 21/12. compared to 18/15 for the Magic. Magic bench had the huge advantage over the MIN bench 56-18.
Magic now trail NJ by 1/2 game for the 7th seed, and are only 1 1/2 games ahead of IND for the 8th seed, as IND surprised SA. The Magic are now 0-3 in OT this season. They have 2 days of rest to shake off this very tough loss before TOR comes to ORL on WED.