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Friday, November 09, 2007

Magic complete perfect road trip with win over NY

The Magic found themselves in another close game early in the 4th qtr, as they led the Knicks 77-76. The Magic then went on a 18-5 run, and sealed the win by making their FTs down the stretch for a 112-102 win. The Magic completed a 4-0 road trip, and this is the first time the Magic have started 5-1 overall since the 2002-03 season.

Four of the five Magic starters scored 21+ pts. JNelson had a double-double with 24 pts (10 of 11 FTs), 10 asts; DHoward (8 of 16 FGs) also had a double-double with 22 pts, 20 rebs, 3 blocks; RLewis (4 of 10 3 pt FGs) and HTurkoglu (9 of 17 FGs) each added 21 pts. KDooling led the bench with 8 pts in just 13 mins. All five starters for the Knicks scored in double figures, led by Zach Randolph with 23 pts, 13 rebs; QRichardson and Eddy Curry each added 19 pts.

The statistical breakdown:

FG... ORL 40 of 85 (47.1%) NY 35 of 79 (44.3%) ORL 89 NY 77
3 PT FG... ORL 9 of 29 (31%) NY 7 of 19 (36.8%)
FT... ORL 23 of 28 (82.1%) NY 25 of 33 (75.8%)
REB... NY 43 ORL 40
AST/TO... ORL 24/15 NY 22/20
BENCH... ORL 15 NY 14

ORL returns home SAT night to face Grant Hill and PHO.

2 Comments:

  • At 11:20 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I would have been more than happy with a 3-1 road trip, but the Magic exceeded all expectations by going 4-0.

    Jameer and Dwight sure led the way against the Knicks. A fantastic game for both, with Nelson a very efficient 7 of 11 from the field in addition to a superb 10/3 AST/TO ratio. What more can be said about Howard, outplaying Eddy Curry; Curry had just 3 rebs, compared to the 20 for Howard. Dwight also did well at his FTs, going 6 for 8. Lewis and Turk had their usual solid game.

    For the first time this season, the Magic bench outscored the opposing bench, albeit by 1 pt. Dooling and Arroyo had a combined 10 pts, 5 asts, and just 1 TO.

    Ariza did not see any action at all off the bench.

    I never would have foreseen a 4-0 trip after the disappointing loss to DET last FRI. There are still some issues with the team, as we've talked about in the last few days, but to be 5-1 with the second-best record in the East I think is beyond anyone's expectations at this point.

     
  • At 9:18 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    Great win for the Magic. I was concerned about the big front-line of NY. The coach did devise the right strategy and instead of trying to just defend Randolph and Curry - which they did some team-wise - he instructed Hedo and Rashard to go at them. As a result, towards the end of 3rd quarter they were both not only in foul trouble but tired and exhausted, as well. Adonal also did a great job slowing Randolph and Curry using as many fouls he had in his disposal.

    Having that said, as has been collectively stated here, this trend of starters, especially Hedo and Rashard to carry the load, could not be sustained. In some stretches of easier matches Gortat and Augustine should be used to ease up the wear and tear on the front-line.

    Tonight would be different. PHO's front-line could be dealt with since they are not as big, and Dwight could just be a wash with Amare. Should be an exciting game, and a game that we can afford to lose coming off of such impressive road wins.

     

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