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Friday, November 16, 2007

Magic keep road record perfect with easy win over cold-shooting NJ

The Magic (8-2) held a 69-60 lead early in the 4th qtr over NJ (4-5), then quickly blew open the game, and cruised to their largest win of the year 95-70, as the Nets (29.8% FGs) continue to struggle without injured Vince Carter. This was the Magic's first win in NJ since APR 2005.

Four Magic players scored in double figures, led by RLewis with 27 pts (9 of 16 FGs); DHoward 21 pts (8 of 13 FGs), 19 rebs; JNelson 15 pts (3 of 4 3 pt FGs), 7 asts; HTurkoglu 12 pts (8 of 8 FTs) 7 rebs. PGarrity and TAriza led the bench with 4 pts apiece. JKidd managed another triple-double with 11 pts, 19 rebs, 10 asts. Richard Jefferson led NJ with 15 pts.

The statistical breakdown:

FG... ORL 34 of 83 (41.0%) NJ 25 of 84 (29.8%) ORL 75 NJ 52
3 PT FG... ORL 7 of 22 (31.8%) NJ 2 of 11 (18.2%)
FT... ORL 20 of 25 (80%) NJ 18 of 26 (69.2%)
REB... NJ 51 ORL 49
AST/TO... ORL 20/14 NJ 21/22
BENCH... NJ 17 ORL 14

Another milestone for DHoward... he grabbed his 3000th career rebound during the game, becoming the youngest player ever to have 3000 rebs. Magic have a day off before the undefeated Celtics come to ORL SUN evening.


  • At 12:14 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    This was the Magic's sixth straight road win; the only other time they won six straight road games was MAR-APR of 1996.

    The Magic did not play their best tonight, shooting only 41% (31.8% 3 PT FG), with Bogans and Turkoglu combining to shoot just 4 of 20 FGs, but the Nets had no answer for Howard or Lewis, and the Magic were still able to win by 25.

    NJ was another team that many "experts" thought would finish ahead of the Magic in the East, but they look like they are in a state of decline, like WAS and MIA. I know they didn't have Vince Carter, but there's no way they should be playing so poorly 3 games in a row without him. Anyhow, Carter is no longer in his prime. Many "experts" really underestimated the level of talent on this Magic team, and the difference having a head coach like SVG who knows what he's doing.

    A J.J. Redick sighting late in the game! Obviously, it was garbage time, but it may take Redick quite a while to get into the regular rotation because of his injuries and the fact the Magic are doing so well with the rotation the way it is.

    I'm very optimistic that the Magic can beat BOS on SUN. The Celts blew a 15 pt 4th qtr lead at home against the woeful Heat (even though DWade is back), but held on for a 1 pt win.

  • At 1:01 AM, Anonymous Ben Q. Rock said…

    The Nets were spectacularly awful. They beat themselves.

    Dwight has never run the break like that before. Ever.

  • At 8:53 AM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Dwight was upset about not getting the ball early and ends up with 21 pts, 19 rebounds.

    Shaq used to hold the record for youngest to 3,000 rebounds. Heh.

    NJ had a 10 point and 11 point quarter in the same game. That's awful, Winter Park High could probably score 10 points on the Magic. Must be assistant coach B.Hill's influence on the offense.

    Is it me, or does Ariza look a bit disinterested in his 8 minutes?

    Magic on the season are 90/228 on 3's. That is .395, or effective FG% of 59%. Hard to beat a team that is that efficient outside that has Howard the Beast on the inside.

    I need to keep recalling the 13-4 start to stay sober. But last year Magic won 15 on the road, 7 vs. playoff teams. They are already 3-0 vs. last years playoff teams on the road.

    Good times. Bring on Boston.


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