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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Great effort from starters leads Magic to easy win over NY

The Magic, who were without PGs JNelson (strained hamstring, flu) and KDooling (sprained foot), allowed the Knicks to hang around for a little over a quarter before turning up their game and routing the Knicks 118-92, thanks to solid games from the five starters. 11 of the 12 Magic players scored in the game. The Magic (38-23, 17-11 home) scored 68 pts in the first half en route to a 20 pt lead after three qtrs. NY (18-41) briefly pulled to within 13 pts before the Magic pulled away again in the final qtr.

Three of the five Magic starters scored over 20 pts, led by DHoward with 26 pts (10 of 16 FGs), 22 rebs, 3 steals, and 2 blocks; HTurkoglu 25 pts (9 of 17 FGs), 10 asts, 8 rebs; RLewis 22 pts (7 of 15 FGs), 7 rebs, 3 steals; CArroyo, starting at the point in place of Nelson, had a solid game, considering he had several DNP-CDs and was benched the last game after an angry exchange of words with Coach Van Gundy, scoring 13 pts (4 of 9 FGs) with 8 asts, and just 1 TO. MEvans added 11 pts (4 of 6 FGs). KBogans led the bench with 6 pts (1 of 6 FGs). PF Marcin Gortat scored his first two pts of the season late in the game.

Four players scored in double figures for NY, led by Jamal Crawford with 23 pts and 7 asts. The Knicks were without second-leading scorer and top rebounder Zach Randolph.

The statistical breakdown:

FGs... ORL 41 of 79 (51.9%) NY 36 of 89 (40.4%) ORL 90 NY 76
3 PT FGs... ORL 8 of 24 (33.3%) NY 4 of 10 (40%)
FTs... ORL 28 of 37 (75.7%) NY 16 of 21 (76.2%)
REBs... ORL 54 NY 37
AST/TO... ORL 22/11 NY 15/9
BENCH... NY 37 ORL 21

Good bounce-back game from the Magic after the awful effort against PHI WED night. In their last six wins, the Magic are outscoring the opposition by an average of almost 17 pts, 109.8-93.2, an indication they are getting that killer instinct they lacked earlier in the season. Magic have two more days off before hosting TOR TUE evening, with the Magic owing the Raptors payback after the Raptors' 17 pt win over the Magic less than two weeks ago.

4 Comments:

  • At 10:48 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Nice start to the month with a dominating win over a team the Magic are superior to. Granted, it was only the Knicks, who were without Randolph, but the Magic were without Nelson and Dooling and only used an eight man rotation until the game was well in hand.

    Credit goes to Arroyo for having a solid game after sitting six straight games and playing only four mins the last game.

    Lewis and Turkoglu continue to do the job at the forward spots, as they combined for 47 pts on 16 of 32 FGs, 15 rebs, 11 asts (10 by Turk), and 3 steals. Yes, it would be nice to have a legit PF, but Turk and Lewis are holding their own at both forward spots and making things tough for the opposition matchup-wise.

    Nice seeing D12 back to his dominant self both offensively and defensively.

    Redick has played two games in a row now, as he tries to shake the rust off. He's scored 14 pts combined in the two games.

    Next game against TOR is important, as the Magic try to continue to put distance between themselves and TOR and CLE for that all-important third seed. With the favorable schedule this month, the Magic should continue to improve and peak as playoff time nears.

     
  • At 12:30 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Anytime you beat the teams you should its a good victory. Without jameer and keyon i thought we'd struggle a bit more,but the guys obviously werent playing around with new york and took the game seriously like they should. Hopefully the JJ sightings continue,i think SVG may be getting all his peice's playing time so that when playoff time comes everybody will be ready to go if called on.

     
  • At 3:42 PM, Blogger Michael said…

    Hey,

    Trying to get in contact with Mike to help out with the Orlando Magic summary for our "Ultimate Standings" rankings.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/chat/sportsnation/franchiseRanks
    Please contact me if you are willing to participate or if you know a different Magic fan site that would work just as well

    Thanks,
    Michael
    ESPN Magazine

     
  • At 4:55 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Michael... I would be happy to participate with the Magic summary for your "ultimate standings". Just send me an e-mail by clicking on my link... Mike from Illinois. Thanks.

     

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