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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Magic win high-scoring affair over IND for 4th in a row

The two highest-scoring teams in the East went at it and both teams lived up to their offensive reputations, as not much defense was played; but the Magic (31-18, 19-10 road) made their FTs down the stretch and beat IND (19-29) 121-115, their 8th win in the last 10 games. The Pacers have lost 6 in a row.

Six Magic players scored in double figures, led by DHoward with 24 pts (8 of 13 FGs), 12 rebs; HTurkoglu 23 pts (10 of 16 FGs), 8 asts, 5 rebs; RLewis 19 pts (5 of 11 FGs), 5 rebs; and MEvans (6 of 11 FGs), CArroyo (9 of 9 FTs), and KBogans (4 of 6 3 PT FGs) each scored 16 pts.

Five IND players scored in double figures, led by Danny Granger with 29 pts and Mike Dunleavy with 19 pts. Former Magic Travis Diener scored 5 pts with 10 asts, 6 rebs, and 1 TO.

The statistical breakdown:

FGs... ORL 39 of 70 (55.7%) IND 39 of 87 (44.8%) ORL 92 IND 92
3 PT FGs... ORL 14 of 25 (56%) IND 14 of 34 (41.2%)
FTs... ORL 29 of 42 (69.0%) IND 23 of 28 (82.1%)
REBs... ORL 40 IND 37
AST/TO... IND 30/11 ORL 22/15
BENCH... IND 40 ORL 23

The Magic have now won their league-leading 19th road game, and have moved 5 games ahead of second-place WAS in the SE. Magic begin a 5 game homestand MON against DAL.


  • At 11:24 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Despite the lack of defense for the second straight game, this was a good win for the Magic because for the last several years, they have played poorly in Indy, losing their last 4 there and not scoring more than 86 pts in their last 6 games there. Also, this was a second of a back-to-back on the road for the Magic.

    The Magic were a lot more efficient than the Pacers, as they outshot IND by almost 12 pct points.

    Magic also made 9 of their last 11 FTs in the final few minutes to help ice the game.

    After a quiet first half for Turk with just 3 pts, he really came alive in the second half with 20 pts; also 8 asts and 5 rebs rounded out his night well.

    Nelson must be hurting again because he didn't see any playing time.

    Some +/- numbers for the game... Howard +17; Evans +13; Arroyo +12; Turkoglu +10... Cook -10; Foyle -9; Dooling -6

    I guess that could explain why Cook only played less than 8 mins and Foyle just 2 and a half mins.

    I'm happy for former Magic G Travis Diener... he's been seeing a lot more playing time the past couple of weeks and playing fairly well for the Pacers. He had a 10/1 AST/TO ratio against the Magic.

    The Magic are now at their high-water mark of the year at 13 games over .500. Beating the teams they should be beating really helps.

  • At 5:14 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Is Nelson "still hurting" because of injury, or because of how awful he has looked in the past two games he's played in?

  • At 3:36 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    That's true... it could have been a DNP-CD.

    Hope everyone enjoyed their Super Bowl Sunday!

  • At 10:49 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Jameer was just out for a while and now he's working off the rust,i'm not worried about jameer. Carlos while unspectacular is just so steady that SVG didnt want to mess with the rotation on the road in indiana,i cant blame him either. Jameer will probably play tonight back in our building. Boy,the guys are really playing winning basketball,they arent always pretty but piling up some wins against bad teams is what we couldnt do last year,hopefully we can keep up the good work against the mavs(even though they are a good team).

  • At 1:40 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    The Mavs have lost the first two games of the road trip. They were also pounded yesterday on National TV by the Pistons. It'll be tough to get a win tonight, as the Mavs will come ready to play.

  • At 1:45 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    As for Jameer, I've always defended him, but I'm just not comfortable doing so anymore. His situation makes me worry.

    One thing is for sure, Otis Smith made a bad decision by giving him an extension. He should have done, what he did with every other player, let him go out, play, and earn his worth.

  • At 1:29 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I agree.


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