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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Magic lose preseason opener by one to Hawks

Carlos Arroyo missed 1 of 2 FTs with 15 seconds remaining in the game, allowing ATL to hold on to beat the Magic 94-93.

Dwight Howard was the star for the Magic, scoring 30 pts in just 28 minutes of action on 13 of 20 FG shooting and 4 of 6 FTs. He also added 11 rebounds. Adonal Foyle (4 of 7 FG) added 11 pts and 6 rebs off the bench, and J.J Redick (4 of 9 FG) scored 10 pts. Rashard Lewis scored 8 pts in his Magic debut before leaving with cramps. In the battle of the PGs, Jameer Nelson had 6 pts, 6 asts, and 0 TOs, while Carlos Arroyo had 6 pts, 4 asts, and 2 TOs.

The Magic shot 38 of 92 (41.3%). Take away Howard's stats, and the Magic shot an icy 25 of 72, including 3 of 13 from 3 pt range. From the FT line, the Magic shot just 14 of 25 (56%). They had 15 TOs.

Charlotte comes to ORL Wednesday for the next preseason game.


  • At 12:30 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Two things (1)After the first attempt at running,you can see that it takes work. A team like atlanta has been playing that way for 4 season's and we held our own while the starters were in the game so that was good to hear last night over the radio. (2) Dwight is gonna be a beast this year. Even if he doesnt make those jumpers he made last night,this team is built to give dwight all the freedom in the world down low because he wont be sharing the block with anyone this year. He got 30 and 11 and didnt even play in the fourth i beleive,his free throw shooting was good and the four blocks is what really impressed me about his defense.

  • At 4:00 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I agree with Big Figure that this was a good test for the Magic. For a system that has been re-built from the grounds up, on an off-shooting night (except for Dwight), and abrupt departure of the top scorer, the future looks like nothing but up. Holding Joe Johnson to a low score is also a good sign.

  • At 8:58 AM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    SVG's rookie year at Miami the Heat started 0-7 and were 5-15 before they got good and finished 42-40 and made the Conference semi-finals.

    He has a lot of work ahead of him to get this team playing in his system. It will take time.


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