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Monday, February 04, 2008

Bad start for homestand in Magic loss to DAL

DAL (32-15) led this game by as much as 19 pts, only to see the Magic (31-19, 12-9 home) chip away in the second half and cut the lead down to 3 pts with a little over 7 mins remaining on the fourth qtr; however, DAL then scored 10 in a row and made their FTs down the stretch for a 107-98 victory, breaking the Magic's four game winning streak.

The Magic had 6 players in double figures, including a triple-double from HTurkoglu with 13 pts (4 of 14 FGs), 13 asts, and 12 rebs; DHoward 28 pts (11 of 16 FGs), 7 rebs; MEvans 16 pts (6 of 8 FGs), 5 rebs; KDooling off the bench with 14 pts (5 of 8 FGs); RLewis 13 pts (5 of 16 FGs); and CArroyo 12 pts (4 of 9 FGs).

DAL, playing without Devin Harris and Jerry Stackhouse, had 3 players with at least 20 pts... Josh Howard with 28 pts, and Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry each with 20 pts.

The statistical breakdown:

FGs... DAL 41 of 80 (51.2%) ORL 36 of 78 (46.2%) DAL 87 ORL 80
3 PT FGs... ORL 8 of 20 (40%) DAL 5 of 10 (50%)
FTs... DAL 20 of 25 (80%) ORL 18 of 26 (69.2%)
REBs... DAL 47 ORL 34
AST/TO... ORL 22/8 DAL 18/7
BENCH... DAL 46 ORL 16

The Magic also had their 5 game home winning streak broken with this loss, and have 4 games remaining on the homestand, with the only game against a sub-.500 team coming up with NJ on WED.


  • At 10:55 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The last thing the Magic needed was to fall behind early by double digits as they did in the first half, because with a championship caliber team like the Mavericks, even though they were without two key players, chances are they are not going to blow that lead.

    The Magic tried to come back, and were right in the game with about 7 mins remaining down by just 3, but they went cold suddenly and that was it.

    The Magic were just not sharp offensively, and they were dominated on the boards by DAL, who had 13 more rebs.

    Nice job by the Magic turning the ball over just 8 times, but DAL turned the ball over just 7 times and had the advantage in most of the key statistical areas.

    Turkoglu and Lewis combined to shoot just 9 of 30 FGs, but hats off to Turk for an otherwise brilliant all-around game with his triple-double.

    Nelson didn't see any action for the second straight game.

    Some +/- numbers for the game... Cook -11; Dooling -10; Foyle and Bogans -5... only one Magic player had a positive rating with Arroyo at +1.

    Three of the remaining four games on the homestand are against the Lakers, Cavs, and Nuggets, so it's imperative the Magic come out with a win WED against the Nets.

  • At 12:21 AM, Anonymous Dave said…

    When any two of our three stars struggle--Turkoglu, Lewis, or Howard (who rarely does)--we lose. Hopefully we'll be sharper Wed.

  • At 1:35 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    We just dont match up well with the mavs,i'm glad were done with them.

  • At 6:41 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    By the way... congrats to Turk for being named Eastern Conference player of the week for last week's games... for the second week in a row!

    Turkoglu is the first Magic player ever to win the award for two consecutive weeks... not even Shaq, Penny, or T-Mac accomplished such a feat when they were with the Magic.

    If somebody has to sit out the All-Star Game due to an injury, Turk stands a great chance of being named a replacement. He deserves it!

  • At 8:06 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Nelson is good to go, he says he's healthy, and finally over that right-foot injury; yet he just received his 2nd DNP-CD. Van Gundy is choosing not to play him...at all.

    It’s coming back to the same problem again. The coach isn’t thrilled with Nelson, but Otis Smith is.

    Something or someone has got to give.

  • At 3:08 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    With the loss to the Mavs, maybe SVG will give Nelson some playing time against the Nets.

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