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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Magic click offensively in romp over Bulls

The Magic looked to be in trouble early after falling behind 18-10 and DHoward on the bench with 2 quick fouls. Howard returned to score 16 of his game high 30 pts in the second qtr, as the Magic led at the half 62-43. The Bulls came to within single digits late in the third qtr to trail 78-70, but the Magic then outscored the Bulls 37-13 the rest of the way for a 115-83 romp over the disappointing Bulls.

Eleven of the twelve Magic players to play scored, and four players scored in double figures, led by Howard with 30 pts (12 of 15 FGs), 14 rebs; RLewis 21 pts (8 of 16 FGs), 7 rebs; HTurkoglu 12 pts (4 of 15 FGs), 8 asts, 6 rebs; and CArroyo provided a spark off the bench with 13 pts (6 of 8 FGs), 6 asts. JRedick scored 5 pts in the game's final 4 minutes. The Magic starting frontcourt outscored the Bulls' starting frontcourt 63-18.

Kirk Hinrich led Chicago with 19 pts, and Tyrus Thomas added 5 blocks.

The statistical breakdown:

FGs... ORL 45 of 89 (50.6%) CHI 34 of 83 (41%) ORL 99 CHI 72
3 PT FGs... ORL 9 of 26 (34.6%) CHI 4 of 17 (23.5%)
FTs... ORL 16 of 27 (59.3%) CHI 11 of 14 (78.6%)
REBs... ORL 53 (10 offensive) CHI 46 (6 offensive)
AST/TO... ORL 30/15 CHI 19/19
BENCH... CHI 40 ORL 37

16 of the last 17 Magic wins have been in double digits, with 11 of those wins by at least 15 pts. Magic go for 50 wins FRI night hosting MIN.


  • At 4:37 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Even though this win came over a listless and clueless Bulls team, I am very encouraged by the Magic's performance, because they made a concerted effort to get the ball in to Howard down low, and Dwight was very quick and decisive in either shooting that nice little jump hook off the glass or else slamming the ball home. Lewis complemented Howard well with four 3 pt FGs, and the Magic were able to survive an off-night shooting from Turkoglu.

    Arroyo also gave the team a big spark off the bench after not playing the past couple of games. I realize that the +/- stat can be a very misleading stat, but I don't think I've ever seen anyone have a +43 rating like Arroyo did against the Bulls. On the other hand, the Bulls' Thabo Sefolosha had a beyond awful -42 rating.

    30 assists on 45 baskets shows the Magic were doing an excellent job executing the offense.

    Also nice seeing the Magic outrebound the other team both offensively and defensively.

    The only Magic starter to play more than 34 minutes was Lewis, who played almost 39 minutes, so Coach Van Gundy did a better job at giving the bench players more playing time, and they responded with an outstanding effort.

    Win number 50 should come Friday against the T-Wolves!

  • At 2:18 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Yeah it was good to see the magic take the game seriously after the lackluster start. Carlos played well,when he's hitting his jumper he does a great job(because he can pass to boot which we know),but alot like jameer when he's off the other parts of his game become average. Great to see rashard bounce back also,playing out of position has had to take its toll on him,but you wont see it on his face and i respect him the most out of all the players on this team for that,rashard seems to always be in control of his emotions and the situations around him,he's been worth every penny.


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