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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sizzling second half leads Magic over Hawks

Seven players scored in double figures for the Magic (51-30, 27-14 road) as they overcame a 5 pt halftime deficit to ATL (37-44) and scored 70 pts in the second half on 28 of 42 FG shooting, including 8 of 14 on 3 pointers, winning 121-105. Both teams already had clinched their seeds, so there was liberal substitution throughout the game.

The Magic were led by MEvans, scoring his Magic career high with 27 pts (11 of 16 FGs); HTurkoglu 17 pts (7 of 9 FGs), 8 asts; DHoward 15 pts (6 of 12 FGs), 13 rebs; JNelson 14 pts (6 of 7 FGs), 5 asts; RLewis 12 pts (5 of 12 FGs), 5 rebs, 5 steals. KDooling (3 of 8 FGs along with 9 asts) and JRedick (4 of 6 FGs) each scored 11 pts to lead the reserves. Redick scored all his points in the final period. Only two Magic starters played over 30 minutes, with Evans playing 36 mins and Lewis 31 mins; the Magic starters still outscored the Hawks' starters 85-53.

Six ATL players scored in double figures, led by Marvin Williams and reserve Salim Stoudamire with 16 pts each. Only two Hawks' starters played over 30 mins.

The statistical breakdown:

FGs... ORL 47 of 82 (57.3%) ATL 41 of 88 (46.6%) ORL 105 ATL 88
3 PT FGs... ORL 11 of 23 (47.8%) ATL 6 of 18 (33.3%)
FTs... ATL 17 of 22 (77.3%) ORL 16 of 22 (72.7%)
REBs... ATL 39 (12 offensive) ORL 39 (6 offensive)
AST/TO... ORL 29/12 ATL 28/16
BENCH... ATL 52 ORL 36

With this being the final road game of the regular season, the Magic wound up going a franchise-record 27-14 away from home. The Magic are also the only team in the NBA to have more road wins than home wins. The final tuneup before the playoffs comes WED night hosting WAS.


  • At 11:47 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I wasn't expecting too much from the Magic this game with nothing on the line, but they really played well. Nice to see the reserves get significant playing time and playing well with the time they got, especially Redick.

    Good for Evans leading the Magic in scoring. He's proven to be a solid pickup by Otis Smith.

    How about Lewis with 5 steals in just 31 mins. Very impressive.

    About the only negative stat from the game was that the Hawks had 12 offensive rebounds to the Magic's 6, but the Magic shot so well there weren't too many offensive rebounds to be had.

  • At 2:12 AM, Blogger ASponge said…

    Sorry to make a repeat comment, but this is a viral campaign of the utmost importance.

    Please put something up on your blog about this. Thanks!

    As citizens of the NBA, it falls on the rest of us to help Save the Sonics! I beg you to please post your team/owner's information with the following. Thanks!

    We Miami Heat fans have put together a proposed plan of action here: http://thesouthfloridafan.blogspot.com/2008/04/how-to-help-seattle-keep-their-sonics.html

    It involves this:


    "As a form of protest, we vow to boycott any game next season in which the Oklahoma City Sonics play, whether it be in our arena or watching it on television."

    Spread this around as much as you can. It's going to take the other teams to prevent this from happening. Let's save the Sonics!

    (E-mail your local newspaper too. This is of vital importance)

  • At 4:28 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Yes, it's a noble cause to want to keep the Sonics in Seattle, and I hope something can be worked out.

    Thank goodness Magic fans no longer have to worry about the Magic relocating, thanks to the new arena that will be built.

  • At 11:13 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Good win. I'd rather go into the play-offs on a winning note,hopefully we can do the same thing tonight against the wiz.

  • At 8:08 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    I watched the last few Sonics games this season. They were great games, full of heart and emotion.

    I can't even imagine how pissed I would be if the Magic ever left Orlando. However, this "campaign" went National way to late. From what I've heard, this is pretty much a done deal, and as nice as it is to see people stepping up to keep the Sonics in Seattle, it sounds like its "Mission Impossible".

    Good luck to the Sonics fans. I personally hope they stay in Seattle. There are a lot of great memories from that franchise.


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