Bench plays strong in Magic win over IND
The Magic were led by GHill with 22 pts on 14 of 16 FTs; TAriza off the bench 17 pts on 6 of 7 FGs and 4 steals; DHoward 10 pts, 8 rebs, 5 blocks but with 7 TOs; HTurkoglu 10 pts, 8 rebs; TBattie 9 pts, 10 rebs, CArroyo off the bench with 8 pts in just 12 minutes, and JRedick also off the bench added 7 pts. IND was led by Jamaal Tinsley with 27 pts, 10 rebs; and Danny Granger added 13 pts. Jermaine O'Neal, playing with various injuries, struggled, shooting just 4 of 18 for 10 pts, along with 8 TOs.
IND (32 of 76, 42.1%) actually outscored the Magic (29 of 61, 47.5%) from the field 68-60. IND hit on 4 of 16 3 pt FGs, while the Magic were 2 of 7 from long range. The Magic (35 of 45) dominated from the FT line over IND (19 of 24). The Magic won the rebounding battle 43-33. Both teams had poor AST/TO ratios, with the Magic ratio at 16/24, and the IND ratio of 12/22. The Magic bench was a big factor, outscoring the IND bench 37-22.
With NJ losing to DET, the Magic are now back in the 7th spot, 1/2 game ahead of NJ. With IND and NY losing, the Magic are 2 1/2 games ahead of both teams in the standings. Magic have a chance to continue to solidify a playoff berth SUN, hosting another sub-.500 team, MIN.