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Monday, December 03, 2007

Balanced scoring effort leads Magic over Lakers

The Magic (15-4, 10-2 road) won for the first time on the road against the Lakers (9-8), and matched the franchise record for fastest start in a 104-97 victory. Five Magic players scored in double figures.

The Magic were led by RLewis with 18 pts (5 of 12 FGs), 7 asts; DHoward 17 pts (6 of 11 FGs), 8 rebs; HTurkoglu 14 pts (4 of 12 FGs), 10 rebs, 7 asts; and KBogans 11 pts (3 of 11 FGs). KDooling led a strong bench effort with 14 pts (7 of 11 FGs). Lakers star Kobe Bryant scored 28 pts (10 of 26 FGs), but only 6 pts in the second half.

The statistical breakdown:

FG... LAL 40 of 97 (41.2%) ORL 38 of 88 (43.2%) LAL 88 ORL 86
3 PT FGs... ORL 10 of 30 (33.3%) LAL 8 of 29 (27.6%)
FTS... ORL 18 of 21 (85.7%) LAL 9 of 10 (90%)
REB... LAL 52 ORL 43
AST/TO... ORL 25/16 LAL 24/22
BENCH... ORL 42 LAL 24

CArroyo was unavailable for the game because he had to be with his 3 year old daughter, who is ill. The bench played well, even without Arroyo, as four players scored at least 8 pts. Magic wind up the five game west coast swing against surging GS MON night.


  • At 1:21 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Fantastic effort by the bench; Dooling (14 pts), Evans (9 pts), Redick (8 pts), Foyle (8 pts), and Cook (3 pts) combined for 42 pts on 19 of 33 FGs with 19 rebs, 5 asts, 5 steals, and 5 blocks.

    Foyle had a great stat line in only 11 mins of playing time... 8 pts on 4 of 4 FGs, 7 rebs, 3 blocks, and a steal. He grabbed only one less rebound than Howard in 25 fewer minutes! Good acquisition by Otis Smith getting Foyle.

    I feel kind of sorry for Trevor Ariza. I was hoping he'd get more playing time with the Lakers, but he's languishing on the bench even more than he did with the Magic. Meantime, Maurice Evans has done well replacing Ariza with the Magic, and Brian Cook has contributed in limited minutes. I know it's early, but the Magic have certainly gotten the better of that trade so far.

    Good job by the Magic causing the Lakers to commit 22 TOs; also, good FT shooting by the Magic at nearly 86%; the 18 to 9 FTs made over the Lakers turned out to be the difference in the game.

    Nice seeing Lewis make 3 of 6 3 pt FGs; hopefully that will snap him out of his shooting slump.

    Magic get this tough month off to a good start... hope it continues MON night against red hot GS.

  • At 9:00 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Another good road victory! Boy jameer struggled last night,but thanks to our bench we got a win(keyon to the rescue). I'd still like to see rashard get to the basket a little more,his shot attempts were down and he seemed to get some confidence so thats at least a good sign for him. And when it comes to trev,i said this when the trade went down,2 for 1 is always a steal and to boot both shoot a high percentage from three.

  • At 12:48 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I am in my assignment country, and have not been able to explore the possibilities of watching Magic games, and may not be for a while. Therefore, you guys would be my eys and ears.

    The win over Lakers was really impressive despite the fact thatDwight had an average night, and Jameer did not do that good. Take care, and enjoy.


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