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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Embarrassing second half for Magic... Game 1: Pistons 91, Magic 72

This seemed to be anyone's game at the half, as Detroit had just a 43-42 lead, despite a so-so first half by the Magic. The Magic actually took the lead with just under ten minutes left in the third 46-45. The Pistons took over from that point on; even though it was only a 7 point lead at 65-58 going into the final quarter for Detroit, they were in the midst of a 46-21 run for a 91-67 lead before the Magic scored the final 5 points of the game to make the final 91-72 Pistons.

For the second half, the Magic were outscored 48-30, and shot just 12 of 36 from the field, including 1 of 8 three pointers. It was their worst half of the season.

For the first time all season, the Magic did not make at least five 3 point FGs in a game; they made only two.

Magic leading scorers:

Hedo Turkoglu 18 pts (8 of 16 FGs), 7 rebounds; Rashard Lewis 18 pts (9 of 20 FGs), 7 rebounds; Dwight Howard 12 pts (5 of 11 FGs), 8 rebounds, 3 blocks. Bench: Keyon Dooling 7 pts (1 of 5 FGs).

Detroit leading scorers:

Chauncey Billups 19 pts, 7 assists; Richard "Rip" Hamilton 17 pts, 6 rebounds; Jason Maxiell 12 pts, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks; Tayshaun Prince 12 pts, 8 rebounds, 5 assists. Bench: Antonio McDyess 10 pts, 5 rebounds.

The statistical breakdown:

FGs... DET 36 of 84 (42.9%) ORL 30 of 74 (40.5%) DET 75 ORL 62
3 PT FGs... DET 3 of 8 (37.5%) ORL 2 of 15 (13.3%)
FTs... DET 16 of 18 (88.9%) ORL 10 of 20 (50%)
REBs... DET 47 (11 offensive) ORL 40 (9 offensive)
AST/TO... DET 21/6 ORL 15/13
BENCH... DET 23 ORL 13

Other game stats and notes:
-The 72 points scored by the Magic were a season low.
-The Magic starting backcourt was outscored by the Pistons' starting backcourt 36-11.
-The Magic starting frontcourt outscored the Pistons' starting frontcourt 48-32.
-Lewis and Turkoglu combined for 36 points and 14 rebounds, but shot just 1 of 7 from 3 point range.
-The Magic bench combined for 13 points on 3 of 16 shooting.
-Five Magic guards combined to score 21 points on 7 of 24 shooting.
-Howard was held to just 4 points in the second half and also suffered a bruised thumb battling for a rebound.
-Turkoglu scored ten points in the second half; the remaining nine players combined for 20 second half points.
-The Magic did not win any major statistical category from Detroit... the Pistons outshot the Magic from the field and free throw line, made more field goals, 3 point field goals and free throws; outrebounded the Magic, had the much better assist/turnover ratio, and more bench scoring.

If this embarrassing performance doesn't provide motivation for the Magic for Game 2 Monday night, then nothing can.


  • At 4:19 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Quote after the game from Coach Stan Van Gundy:

    "We got outplayed badly. We need to bounce back."

    More Van Gundy:

    "The first thing I look at is myself. I can't make free throws, but other than that we have to find something better."

  • At 11:56 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    I don't worry much about losing the first game in a series where the other team comes in warmed-up from a victoy. Coach Van Ggundy is too smart not to make proper adjustments. The next game will be closer and even if we lose DET has done nothing but holding serve. The series start when one side loses a home game.

  • At 8:28 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Obviously matt's right,so on to game 2. Some game 1 thoughts that have to be better in game two. (1)Mo evans has to play better,period. (2)We have to play faster. The pistons got us into that slow down type of game,we have to play our game and make them adjust to us.

  • At 2:03 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The frustrating thing about Game 1 was that the game was there for the taking in the second half for the Magic, as the Pistons had just a one point lead.

    The Pistons wanted it a lot more than than the Magic in that second half and made the Magic play their worst half of the season.

    That cannot happen again this series for the Magic.


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