Finally... an easy win for the Magic
All twelve Magic players scored, and no Magic player played more than 31 minutes or less than 7 minutes. The Magic were led by DHoward, who had his best offensive game in weeks with 31 pts on 10 of 13 FGs and 11 rebs; GHill and HTurkoglu each scored 15 pts; TAriza added 14 pts off the bench, and DMilicic and JRedick each chipped in with 8 pts off the bench. The five Magic starters combined to shoot 25 of 32 from the field. MEM was led by former Magic G Chucky Atkins with 18 pts.
The Magic (39 of 67, 58.2%) outscored MEM (28 of 74, 37.8%) from the field 81-59. Both teams shot 3 of 9 from 3 pt range. The Magic (35 of 44) also had the FT edge over MEM (30 of 45). The Magic outrebounded MEM 40-37. The Magic did have 16 TOs, but had a better AST/TO ratio (23/16) than MEM (14-13). The Magic bench outscored the MEM bench 47-39.
With IND and NJ also winning SAT night, the playoff standings remain the same, with the Magic in the 8th spot one game behind NJ and one game ahead of IND. Magic finish up with 4 of their final 6 games on the road, beginning with a 3 game trip MON night at MIL.