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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Magic continue dominance over Heat in 21 pt win

The Magic (11-3) were only ahead by 1 pt over the Heat (3-9) halfway through the second qtr, but then gradually increased their lead the rest of the way, withstood 32 pts by Dwyane Wade, and cruised to a 120-99 win.

Five players scored in double figures for the Magic: HTurkoglu 27 pts (9 of 16 FGs); RLewis 19 pts (7 of 18 FGs); DHoward 17 pts (6 of 7 FGs); KDooling off the bench with 17 pts (8 of 8 FTs); and JNelson 12 pts (5 of 8 FGs), 7 rebs, 7 asts. Newcomers Brian Cook (4 pts) and Maurice Evans (6 pts) combined for 10 pts. Shaquille O'Neal added 20 pts and Ricky Davis 23 for MIA.

The statistical breakdown:

FG... ORL 42 of 75 (56%) MIA 37 of 79 (46.8%) ORL 92 MIA 79
3 PT FG... ORL 8 of 22 (36.4%) MIA 5 of 19 (26.3%)
FT... ORL 28 of 39 (71.8%) MIA 20 of 25 (80%)
REB... ORL 37 MIA 37
AST/TO... ORL 24/11 MIA 21/13
BENCH... ORL 36 MIA 13

With the season a little less than a month old, the Magic are now a stunning 8 games ahead of the Heat in the standings. After a day off, the Magic are off on yet another road trip, this time on a 5 game, 8 day trip through the West that begins MON night at POR.

4 Comments:

  • At 10:52 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Coach Van Gundy should be a lot happier after this win than he was after the win over CHA. The Magic had an edge in virtually every major statistical category except FT%, and even there they outscored MIA 28-20 to make up for that. Plus, the Magic did not lose control of the game in the second half like they have in other games.

    The threesome of Turkoglu, Lewis, and Bogans combined for much better stats than the previous night. Against CHA, the trio shot just 14 of 39 for 39 pts, but against the Heat, they shot 19 of 38 for 55 pts, including a combined 7 of 10 3 pt shooting by Turk and Bogans. The only negative was Lewis struggling from 3 pt range at 0 for 6.

    Howard had a solid game instead of his usual spectacular game, but he had plenty of help from the starters. Also, the bench had their best game of the season, as they combined to shoot 12 of 22 FGs and 11 of 12 FTs for 36 pts.

    The Magic really did make the 2006 World Champs look like "chumps".

    On to the West Coast!

     
  • At 10:55 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Good solid victory! The bench really stepped up their game,lets keep it up out west! GO MAGIC!!

     
  • At 8:22 AM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    I caught more of SVG's press conference than I did the game. Here are some of the things I heard:

    Mo Evans was down on himself for missing a couple of 3's in the corner. He is going to have to get used to playing for the Magic because they aren't supposed to mope, just shoot more.

    Cook is not in shape.

    He was proud of Dwight for playing within the team concept and not getting over-hyped playing Shaq.

    Turk is playing really well.

    He didn't want the team trying to win this game for SVG. That's what mediocre teams do. Good teams follow the pattern of their success, they don't get emotional about certain games. Good teams prepare and play their game.

    Sunshine did repeat him turning to the Heat bench and pointing at the scoreboard as he left the court.

     
  • At 6:20 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    The Heat are chumps. They are just a bad basketball team.

    It was nice to see the Magic keep the pressure on and the Heat out of the game.

    It's amazing how completely different this team is comparison to last seasons. Sure, we added Rashard Lewis, lost a few and added a few. But 4 of our 5 starters were on this team last season. Even though course Bogans was benched, Nelson was inconsistent, and Turk was up and down...

    What a difference Stan Van Gundy makes. Now I know some could say not to get carried away, after all, the Magic started out well last season, but not this well. And there is a difference; we're putting teams away this year. We're winning games in the 4th quarter. We're winning on the road. We're winning games we wouldn't have won last season.

    So I know credit can be passed around all over, but Stan is the man that is making it all happen and come together.

    It feels great to be a Magic fan!

     

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