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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Magic have no answer for Bosh in decisive TOR win

Coming off a surprisingly easy win over DET TUE night, the Magic (34-22, 20-11 road) knew they would be in for a tougher game WED against well-rested TOR (29-23). They made it much tougher than the Magic would have hoped for, as the hot-shooting Raptors led by 14 at the half and by 20 pts after 3 qtrs, shooting 39 of 62 (62.9%) the first three qtrs. The Magic never got closer than 12 pts in the final qtr, as TOR went on to its highest point total of the season in a 127-110 win.

TOR's Chris Bosh was the star of this game, as he continued his excellent career against the Magic with 40 pts on 14 of 16 FGs and 11 of 11 FTs, and also 5 rebs and 5 asts. He had plenty of help, as 4 other teammates scored in double figures, with G Jose Calderon scoring 19 pts (8 of 10 FGs) with 13 asts and just 1 TO. Carlos Delfino came off the bench to score 23 pts (7 of 11 FGs) along with 5 asts.

Six players scored in double figures for the Magic, led by DHoward with 37 pts (13 of 16 FGs, 11 of 15 FTs), 15 rebs but just 1 block, and could not handle Bosh defensively; RLewis (6 of 14 FGs) and HTurkoglu (4 of 16 FGs) 16 pts each; Turk added 9 asts; JNelson 13 pts (5 of 10 FGs), 4 asts; MEvans 12 pts (5 of 9 FGs), 7 rebs; and KBogans off the bench with 11 pts (3 of 12 FGs).

The statistical breakdown:

FGs... TOR 47 of 80 (58.8%) ORL 38 of 84 (45.2%) TOR 105 ORL 85
3 PT FGs... TOR 11 of 20 (55%) ORL 9 of 28 (32.1%)
FTs... ORL 25 of 32 (78.1%) TOR 22 of 25 (88%)
REBs... ORL 40 TOR 34
AST/TO... TOR 33/8 ORL 18/9
BENCH... TOR 37 ORL 16

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy after the game: "There was not one thing they did that we could guard. Chris Bosh, we could not guard. We're going to have to think about double-teaming him next time."

Magic play at home FRI night against PHI.


  • At 2:44 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    TOR dominated the Magic just as much as the Magic dominated DET the previous night, if not more.

    The Raptors outshot the Magic by 13 percentage points from the floor, by 23 percentage points from 3 pt range, and 10 percentage points from the FT line. In addition, TOR had a superior AST/TO ratio of 33/8, and the TOR bench outscored the Magic bench by 21 pts.

    Turkoglu and Lewis combined for 32 pts on just 10 of 30 FGs. Turk has shot just 8 of 29 the last two games. He did contribute 9 asts though.

    Evans and Bogans, after combining for 35 pts against DET, combined for just 23 pts on 8 of 21 FGs against TOR.

    The Magic bench scored just 16 pts after scoring 37 against the Pistons.

    No doubt Howard was a force offensively, but could not handle Chris Bosh defensively.

    Just a very poor defensive effort from the Magic; I know it was the second game of a road back-to-back, and they were facing a well-rested, talented team, but if the Magic don't focus on their defense, they are just an average team. I think the Magic will be OK after this though, as long as they realize that defense will be the key to their success.

    We can forget about Kurt Thomas coming to the Magic; SEA traded him to the Spurs.

  • At 2:50 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Kinnon from the Raptors Blog hoopsaddict.com invited me on it for a question-and-answer session regarding the Magic. If anyone is interested in reading that, click on hoopsaddict.com and go to the headline section.

    Thanks to Kinnon for the invite.


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