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Monday, March 10, 2008

Torrid first half and Turkoglu's triple-double lead Magic over ATL

The Magic (41-24, 19-12 home), having something to prove after playing an awful final three quarters against GS on SAT, had a much better offensive game against ATL (26-37) scoring 74 first-half points on 61.4% FG shooting in that first half en route to a comfortable 123-112 victory. The Magic were able to maintain a double-digit advantage throughout the second half.

Six Magic players scored in double figures, led by HTurkoglu's triple-double of 23 pts (9 of 17 FGs), 13 asts, 10 rebs; DHoward 26 pts (8 of 14 FGs), 16 rebs; RLewis 22 pts (8 of 16 FGs), 6 rebs; KBogans off the bench with 19 pts (7 of 8 FGs); JNelson 13 pts (5 of 10 FGs), 4 asts; and CArroyo off the bench with 11 pts (4 of 7 FGs).

KDooling was unavailable for the game along with JRedick, who left the team to be with his ailing brother who is about to undergo surgery.

ATL had five players in double figures, led by Joe Johnson, who had his usual outstanding game against the Magic with 27 pts, 11 asts. Mike Bibby, playing his first game against the Magic as a member of the Hawks, added 23 pts.

The statistical breakdown:

FGs... ATL 46 of 90 (51.1%) ORL 45 of 84 (53.6%) ORL 105 ATL 103
3 PT FGs... ORL 15 of 28 (53.6%) ATL 11 of 17 (64.7%)
FTs... ORL 18 of 28 (64.3%) ATL 9 of 13 (69.2%)
REBs... ORL 43 ATL 40
AST/TO... ORL 27/9 ATL 26/11
BENCH... ORL 32 ATL 26
TO PTs... ORL 20 ATL 4

Even though the Hawks had one more FG than the Magic, the Magic had four more 3 pt FGs and nine more FTs. The Magic, winners of 7 of their last 9 games, have now surpassed their win total from last season, and have beaten every team in the East. Magic are back in action WED hosting the LA Clippers.


  • At 4:32 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    First off, best wishes to J.J. Redick and his family that everything will go well with his brother's upcoming surgery.

    Some statistical notes:

    - Even though ATL had just two more TOs than the Magic, the Magic turned those TOs into 20 pts, while the Hawks scored just 4 pts off Magic TOs.

    - Turkoglu and Lewis continue to give the opposition matchup problems, as they combined for 45 pts (17 of 33 FGs), 17 asts, and 16 rebs.

    - PGs Nelson and Arroyo combined for 24 pts (9 of 17 FGs), 7 asts and just 1 TO. Their playing time was split exactly in half.

    - SGs Evans and Bogans combined for 26 pts on 10 of 15 FGs, with Bogans being especially effective with 19 pts on 7 of 8 FGs.

    - Both teams combined to make 26 of 45 3 pt FGs (57.8%).

    - The ATL starting backcourt of Bibby and Johnson was very effective combining for 50 pts on 20 of 33 FGs.

    Arroyo's lob to Howard for the monster slam was the number four play of the night on SportsCenter; Marvin Williams' slam over Cook was the number three play.

    Magic were able to stay 3 1/2 games ahead of the Cavs, who beat POR to keep pace with the Magic in the battle for the third seed in the East.

  • At 2:19 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Thats exactly how you should respond to a lackluster effort,beating a team that you should soundly. Seems like rashard is getting much more comfortable within SVG's system as a power-forward,his impact lately has been priceless. Hedo should be a run-away for the MIP award. Good to see carlos running and gunning and looking like he's having a ton of fun,the cross-over around the pick-look over the right shoulder-then go left to the basket finished off with a no-look over the head alley-oop to dwight was sick.


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