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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Magic take control of series... Game 4: Magic 106, Raptors 94

The Magic, thanks to a 58-41 second-half advantage over Toronto, including a 33-20 advantage in the fourth quarter, were able to come from behind and win 106-94 to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Magic had a sensational second half, shooting 18 of 32 from the field, including 7 of 12 on three point field goals. Toronto shot just 17 of 44 in the second half, including 1 of 9 on three point field goals. The Magic's largest deficit was 69-62 with just over 4 minutes remaining in the third quarter. With the Magic trailing 83-80 with 6:43 left in the game, they outscored the Raptors 26-11 the rest of the way.

Magic leading scorers:

Rashard Lewis 27 pts (10 of 19 FGs), 13 rebounds, 5 assists; Dwight Howard 19 pts (9 of 12 FGs), 16 rebounds, 8 blocks; Jameer Nelson 19 pts (6 of 10 FGs), including 12 pts in the fourth quarter, 5 assists; Hedo Turkoglu 18 pts (4 of 12 FGs), 9 rebounds, 3 steals, but 7 turnovers. Bench: Keith Bogans 12 pts (3 of 5 3 pt FGs).

Toronto leading scorers:

Chris Bosh 39 pts, 15 rebounds; T.J. Ford 12 pts, 13 assists; Anthony Parker 12 pts, 7 rebounds. Bench: Jason Kapono 12 pts.

The statistical breakdown:

FGs... TOR 40 of 92 (43.5%) ORL 37 of 75 (49.3%) ORL 85 TOR 82
3 PT FGs... ORL 11 of 29 (37.9%) TOR 2 of 15 (13.3%)
FTs... ORL 21 of 31 (67.7%) TOR 12 of 17 (70.6%)
REBs... ORL 48 TOR 42
AST/TO... TOR 24/9 ORL 22/18
BENCH... TOR 21 ORL 16

Other game stats and notes:

-Toronto's Ford and Jose Calderon combined to score just 14 points after combining for 39 points in Game 3. They also combined for an 18/2 assist-to-turnover ratio.
-The Magic starting backcourt outscored the Toronto starting backcourt 26-24 after being outscored 31-6 in Game 3.
-The Magic starting frontcourt outscored the Toronto starting frontcourt 64-49.
-Turkoglu and Lewis combined to score 45 pts on 14 of 31 FG shooting, including 4 of 13 3 pt field goals, 13 of 15 FTs, 22 rebounds, 9 assists, 5 steals.
-The Magic trailed at the end of three quarters 74-73. This was only the third time all season they came back to win a game trailing after three.

The Magic will try to close out the Raptors in Game 5 Monday night in Orlando.


  • At 5:06 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    What a clutch performance in the second half, and a great team effort... Nelson, Lewis, Turkoglu all came up big in the fourth quarter. Of course, Howard was huge the whole game, and all the other guys did their part, too.

    We all remember the disaster that happened in 2003 when the Magic went up 3-1 against the Pistons (I was there for the Game 6 loss). The Magic need to finish the Raptors off in Game 5 and not give them any new life.

    If the Magic get the great team effort they got in the second half of Game 4, there's no doubt in my mind they'll finish off Toronto Monday night.

  • At 1:17 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Jameer scores big and we win,what a coincidence. Not! As i have been saying since the start of the playoffs when jameer scores were tough to beat. Mike you already said the important stuff so i'll just add that SVG needs to be given a ton of credit for doing two things in preperation for game four.(1) We needed to be better defensively against their starters no matter who's killing us off the bench and we were. (2) If you have the height advantage at most positions you have to either take the ball to the cup or post up smaller players,we did both. Great Win in hostile territory!!!! Im going to keep this a happy post,i wont talk about how i was yelling at the screen "STOP TURNING THE BALL OVER"!!!!!

  • At 1:51 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    A ton of credit goes to SVG for the proper adjustments. As you all have mentioned, the issue all along was the GUARDS' comparison. In games that our guards controlled and outscored their guards, we won. Jameer is not a classic PG like Kidd and Nash; he is indeed a SG who for height limitations has been slated as a PG. What SVG did in game 4 was to defend and control Toronto's guards using Mo, Keyon and Keith in three quarters and then turned Jameer loose in the fourth to shoot liberally. Great adjustment!

    GO MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!


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