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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Strong first quarter carries Magic to easy win over Bobcats

After a rather mediocre performance against Atlanta Monday, the Magic came out to prove they are a much better team than what they showed against the Hawks. The Magic did just that with an eye-popping 40-9 lead after the first quarter on their way to a 118-80 victory over Charlotte.

Magic leading scorers:


-Dwight Howard: 20 points (6 of 9 field goals, 8 of 10 free throws), 8 rebounds, 5 blocks
-Rashard Lewis: 17 points (5 of 8 field goals), 4 assists
-Mickael Pietrus: 13 points (5 of 8 field goals, 4 rebounds)
-Jameer Nelson: 10 points (6 of 6 free throws), 5 rebounds


-J.J. Redick: 12 points (3 of 4 field goals), 2 rebounds
-Courtney Lee: 9 points, 4 rebounds
-Brian Cook: 9 points, 4 rebounds

Key Game Stats

FG PCT: ORL 47.1% (33-70) CHA 28.4% (23-81)
3 PT FG PCT: CHA 33.3% (4 of 12) ORL 26.7% (4 of 15)
FT PCT: ORL: 90.6% (48 of 53) CHA 73.2% (30 of 41)
REB: ORL 49 CHA 45
AST/TO: ORL 18/19 CHA 13/20

Other Notes:

-Gerald Wallace (18 points) and Jason Richardson (15 points) were the only Bobcats to score in double figures
-Howard has made 13 of 16 free throws in the first two games
-Redick has scored 24 points in 33 minutes in the two games
-Hedo Turkoglu was the only starter not to score in double digits ( 9 points)
-No Magic player played more than 25 minutes
-Anthony Johnson had 7 assists in just 17 minutes; Jameer Nelson 1 assist in 20 minutes
-Brian Cook shot just 1 of 10 from the field
-Jeremy Richardson and Mike Wilks each scored 2 points in their first action of the preseason
-Tony Battie and Adonal Foyle combined for 15 points, 13 rebounds
-Keith Bogans, Marcin Gortat, and Dwayne Jones did not play

For the complete box score click here


  • At 4:35 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The only statistical areas from the game that I could see where the Magic could show improvement were with the 19 turnovers, but that's pretty typical in the preseason when so many players play in a game; also the Magic's 3 point pct. was pretty weak at just under 27%, but that mark should go up as they play more games.

    Otherwise, the Magic dominated all of the major stats.

    Can't say enough about the great free throw shooting by the Magic... almost 91%... awesome! I don't expect Howard to continue his 80% FT shooting, but what a huge improvement if he could shoot around 70%.

    Another solid, efficient outing from Redick in his continued bid to finally be a part of the rotation this season. Bogans did not play at all against Charlotte, which does not bode well for him, I believe.

    Take away Brian Cook's 1 of 10 FG shooting, and the Magic shot over 50% from the field. Coach Van Gundy was not happy with Cook's conditioning and shape coming into camp; this performance probably won't help Cook much but it was his first game action.

    Nice to see Pietrus with a solid effort and Courtney Lee did well also.

    Anthony Johnson continues to impress with his assist total, even though he's playing under 20 minutes. I'd like to see Nelson step up his playmaking in the next few games, as his assist total so far has not been impressive.

    Should be interesting to see how the Magic fare against the Moscow team Friday night.

  • At 2:20 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    It's preseason. It's preseason It's...

    The new guards sound like they are headed to be an improvement over last year. That will help against Detroit.

    I just can't buy the Redick in the rotation thing. SVG like athletic tall guards too much. What I can't figure out is why they accepted the option on the fourth year now. They had until the 31st to do so.

    One note that has come out, Mike Wilks contract does not become guaranteed until the trade deadline. The Magic still only have 13 guaranteed contracts on the books. Giving them flexibility if they need to do a 1:2 or 2:3 trade.

    How dumb is Cooke for showing up out of shape?


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