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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Magic eliminate Raptors! Game 5: Magic 102, Toronto 92

For the first time since 1996, the Magic have won a playoff series and advance to the second round of the playoffs, thanks to another dominant 20/20 performance from Dwight Howard, as the Magic win 102-92 and the series 4 games to 1.

The Magic jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead, but the Raptors took control after that and had their largest lead of 37-30 in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 50-49 lead. The Magic then outscored Toronto 53-42 in the second half, holding the Raptors to 16 of 42 field goal shooting, including just 2 of 11 from three point range. Toronto got to within 84-82 in the fourth quarter, then the Magic went on a 13-2 run to put the game and the series away.

Magic leading scorers:

Dwight Howard 21 points (7 of 12 FGs), 21 rebounds, 3 blocks; Jameer Nelson 19 pts (7 of 13 FGs), 3 assists; Rashard Lewis 18 pts (5 of 12 FGs), 13 rebounds, 4 assists; Hedo Turkoglu 12 points (4 of 13 FGs), 9 assists, 8 rebounds; Maurice Evans 12 points (5 of 12 FGs). Bench: Keith Bogans 11 points (3 of 9 3 pt FGs), 6 rebounds.

Toronto leading scorers:

Chris Bosh 16 points, 9 rebounds; T.J. Ford 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists; Anthony Parker 11 points. Bench: Carlos Delfino 14 points, 7 rebounds; Jason Kapono 13 points; Jose Calderon 12 points 4 assists.

The statistical breakdown:

FGs... ORL 35 of 78 (44.9%) TOR 35 of 85 (41.2%) ORL 79 TOR 78
3 PT FGs... ORL 9 of 32 (28.1%) TOR 8 of 22 (36.4%)
FTs... ORL 23 of 28 (82.1%) TOR 14 of 17 (82.4%)
REBs... ORL 55 (16 offensive) TOR 37 (9 offensive)
AST/TO... ORL 21/13 TOR 20/6
BENCH... TOR 39 ORL 20

Other game stats and notes...

-The Magic outshot the Raptors from the field, made one more 3 pointer, made nine more free throws, and outrebounded them by 18.
-The Magic starting frontcourt outscored the Toronto starting frontcourt 51-28, while outrebounding them 42-14.
-Lewis and Turkoglu combined for 30 points, shooting just 1 of 10 from 3 pt range, but added 21 rebounds, 13 assists, and just 4 turnovers.
-The Magic starting backcourt outscored the Toronto starting backcourt 31-25.
-Toronto's point guards, Ford and Calderon combined for 26 points but just 9 assists to 5 turnovers.
-The Magic point guards, Nelson and Keyon Dooling combined for 28 points, 5 assists, 5 turnovers.

The Magic now get a much-deserved break as the 76ers and Pistons, tied 2-2, will have to play at least two more games, with the Magic playing the winner.


  • At 3:05 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Once again, a great team effort from the Magic. The last two games, the Magic really dominated the second half, outscoring the Raptors by a combined 28 points.

    I had a great deal of respect for the Raptors entering this series, and still maintain that level of respect for them now that the series is over, as they were very classy in defeat.

    Even though Philly is giving the Pistons a real good series, I expect the Pistons to win in 6 games. If the Magic play with the same intensity and focus offensively and defensively that they showed against Toronto, there's no reason why they can't beat the Pistons. Heck, there's no reason why they couldn't beat the Celtics either... look how well Atlanta is doing against them.

    One series and one game at a time though... bring on either the Pistons or 76ers!

  • At 4:03 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    How ironic is it that one year ago on April 28th, the Magic were eliminated in the first round in Orlando with an embarrassing four game sweep at the hands of the Pistons, in which the Magic were barely competitive.

    There were so many questions and concerns regarding the Magic going into last off-season, such as... are we going to keep our clueless coach (Brian Hill) or go in a different direction... are we going to sign Rashard Lewis... and now, exactly one year later on April 28th, the Magic are coming off an impressive 5 game series win over the Raptors, with a great chance of advancing even farther.

  • At 2:37 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I wonder if otis smith will get any credit for our success? I suspect some will still find reasons to hate on otis. BOY,another great win for this young squad. The addition of SVG and rashard have been the deals of the century for us,no one can deny that now. Jameer proved his worth and earned his contract extention with his play and timely big shots. I knew going in that toronto would put up a great fight and they did,give a ton of credit to the raptors for being a classy organization. What a difference a good coach and max player makes,SVG countered everything the raps did nicely and rashard became a beast of a power-forward to the likes i dont think anybody expected (back-to-back 13 rebound games),couldnt have been better timing. The rest is well deserved,hopefully the lay-off will heal some of our aches and pain while we get ready for the pistons/philly winner. GO MAGIC!!!!!!!


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