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Friday, March 21, 2008

Magic regain offensive touch in rout of 76ers

The Magic (46-25, 23-13 home) left no doubt that WED's awful offensive performance against the Wizards was just a fluke as they dominated PHI, who had won 16 of the last 20 games. The Magic broke out to a 22 pt first qtr lead and saw their lead swell to as many as 34 pts in the fourth qtr before the 76ers scored 29 of the game's final 42 pts in garbage time which made the final score 113-95 in favor of the Magic.

Eight Magic players scored in double figures, led by RLewis with 18 pts (8 of 15 FGs), 8 rebs; HTurkoglu 16 pts (4 of 8 FGs), 9 asts but 5 TOs; DHoward 13 pts (5 of 7 FGs), 12 rebs; JNelson 12 pts (4 of 6 FGs), 7 asts; MEvans 12 pts (4 of 11 FGs). The bench saw three Magic players in double figures, led by KDooling with 13 pts (6 of 8 FGs); KBogans 11 pts (3 of 5 3 pt FGs); and BCook 10 pts (3 of 7 FGs), 5 rebs. JRedick's stat line in 7 mins... 2 pts (1 of 2 FGs), 1 reb, 1 ast, 3 TOs.

PHI saw four players in double figures, led by Louis Williams off the bench with 18 pts. The starting guards, Andre Miller and Willie Green, combined to score just 11 pts after scoring a combined 52 pts the last time they played the Magic.

The statistical breakdown:

FGs... ORL 41 of 77 (53.2%) PHI 38 of 86 (44.2%) ORL 96 PHI 80
3 PT FGs... ORL 14 of 23 (60.9%) PHI 4 of 13 (30.8%)
FTs... ORL 17 of 18 (94.4%) PHI 15 of 25 (60%)
REBs... ORL 44 PHI 38
AST/TO... ORL 26/21 PHI 20/13
BENCH... PHI 56 ORL 42

The Magic have now won 14 of their last 18 games, and retain a 5 1/2 game lead over CLE for the third seed. WAS, with their win, now holds the fifth seed by 1/2 game over TOR. Magic fly overnight to ATL to take on the hawks SAT night.

1 Comments:

  • At 2:17 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Nice bounce-back game from the guys; this was a possible playoff preview and there's no way they wanted to look as bad as they did against WAS.

    Even though the Magic made only three more FGs than PHI, the Magic's superior FG%, 3 pt FG%, and FT% led to an easy win.

    Once again, the Magic shoot better from 3 pt range (60.9%) than 2 pt range (50%).

    Dooling was the primary backup PG to Nelson and did well in 18 mins of play.

    About the only thing the Magic struggled in was TOs, as they had 21 TOs while forcing just 13 TOs from the 76ers. I wish Redick could have done better in the 7 mins of play he got in garbage time.

    The only starter to play over 30 mins was Lewis, so the Magic should be ready to go SAT night against ATL.

     

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