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Saturday, January 12, 2008

DEN takes over game in 4th qtr to beat Magic

The Magic were very competitive this game against DEN, leading by 3 pts at the half and by 2 pts entering the final qtr. However, the Magic (23-15, 16-7 road) faded in the 4th, making only 5 of 16 FGs, as DEN (22-13) pulled away with a 113-103 win, the Magic's 4th loss in their last 5 games.

Six players scored in double figures for the Magic, led by RLewis with 21 pts (8 of 15 FGs); DHoward 20 pts (8 of 14 FGs), 13 rebs; MEvans 15 pts (6 of 9 FGs); KBogans off the bench with 14 pts (4 of 7 FGs); JNelson 11 pts (5 of 13 FGs), 8 asts, 1 TO; and KDooling off the bench with 10 pts (3 of 5 FGs). The Magic's leading scorer, HTurkoglu, was held to just 8 pts (3 of 15 FGs).

For the Nuggets, the dynamic duo of Allen Iverson (21 pts, 13 asts) and Carmelo Anthony (32 pts, 11 rebs) combined for 53 pts. Anthony Carter added a career-tying high of 21 pts, along with 11 asts, and Linas Kleiza scored 18 pts.

The statistical breakdown:

FGs... DEN 42 of 89 (47.2%) ORL 39 of 84 (46.4%) DEN 91 ORL 88
3 PT FGs... ORL 10 of 26 (38.5%) DEN 7 of 16 (43.8%)
FTs... DEN 22 of 31 (71.0%) ORL 15 of 21 (71.4%)
REBs... DEN 47 ORL 43
AST/TO... DEN 32/10 ORL 22/13
BENCH... ORL 28 DEN 18

The Magic's lead in the SE is now down to 3 games over WAS, and just 1 game in the loss column. Magic conclude the road trip with another tough game in UT SAT night.


  • At 1:52 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I said in my pre-game preview the Magic would have to have big games from Howard, Lewis, and Turkoglu to have a chance in this one; well, Howard and Lewis did their part but Turk had an awful night not even scoring in double figures and making just 3 of 15 FGs. If he scores his average, the Magic probably wind up winning the game.

    The Magic certainly did have a tough time defensively, not only with Iverson and Anthony, but allowing journeyman Anthony Carter a career game tying high of 21 pts.

    Some +/- numbers for the game... Dooling +8, Evans 0... Nelson and Turkoglu both -13, Lewis -10, Howard -9.

    I'll give credit to Dooling for being the only Magic player to have a positive +/- rating for the game, plus the long 3 to end the first half.

    Nelson had a really good AST/TO ratio of 8/1, but didn't do well defensively as indicated by his +/- of -13, but the same could be said of the whole team, as 7 of the 9 players who played had a minus rating.

    SVG used 5 guards, with 4 of them scoring in double figures, which helped the Magic bench to a 10 pt advantage over the DEN bench, but the Magic starters were outscored 95-75.

    Good effort by the guys for three quarters against the Nuggets, they just couldn't sustain it long enough for the 4th qtr.

  • At 6:40 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Two big turn-overs down the stretch by keith and hedo really did us in. The effort was there so its just a tough loss where we werent as sharp as we couldve been down the stretch. With denver playing so small with carter and iverson,wouldnt it have been a good night to give JJ some minutes?


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