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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Balanced Magic scoring overcomes Bosh's 40 points to defeat Toronto

Both teams were missing key starters for the game Tuesday night, as the Raptors were missing point guard Jose Calderon, and Mickael Pietrus was scratched for the Magic because of bruised ribs. Coach Stan Van Gundy inserted J.J. Redick into the starting lineup in place of Pietrus in what was Redick's first career start.

The Raptors jumped out to a 37-27 second quarter lead, but the Magic tied it at the half at 45. The Magic took control in the third to take a 67-54 lead as the Raptors could get no closer than five the rest of the way as the Magic won 103-90.

Magic leading scorers

Jameer Nelson: 22 points (10 of 15 field goals), 5 assists
Rashard Lewis: 22 points (6 of 13 field goals), 8 rebounds, 5 steals
Hedo Turkoglu: 22 points (8 of 20 field goals), 7 assists, 3 steals
Dwight Howard: 18 points (5 of 10 field goals), 9 rebounds, 3 blocks
J.J. Redick: 10 points (4 of 9 field goals)

Toronto leading scorers

Chris Bosh: 40 points (14 of 19 field goals), 18 rebounds
Jermaine O'Neal: 16 points (6 of 12 field goals), 10 rebounds

Overall Game Stats

FG%... ORL 45.7% (37 of 81) TOR 43.8% (35 of 80)
3 PT FG%... ORL 47.8% (11 of 23) TOR 14.3% (2 of 14)
FT%... ORL 78.3% (18 of 23) TOR 78.3% (18 of 23)
REB... TOR 44 (11 offensive) ORL 37 (8 offensive)
AST/TO... ORL 17/17 TOR 12/24

Other game stats and notes

-Will Solomon, who started in place of Calderon for the Raptors, committed 7 turnovers
-Other than Chris Bosh, the Raptors shot just 21 of 61 (34.4%)
-The Magic starting guards combined for 32 points on 14 of 24 field goal shooting
-The Raptors' starting guards combined for 14 points on 7 of 19 shooting
-Turkoglu and Lewis combined for 44 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 8 steals, and 8 turnovers
-Despite Bosh's 40 points, the Magic starting frontline outscored the Raptors' starting frontline 62-61
-All five Magic starters played at least 34 minutes
-For the second game in a row, Howard fouled out
-The Toronto bench shot just 6 of 21 (28.6%) from the field
-The Magic bench wasn't much better, shooting 4 of 14 (28.6%) from the field
-Adonal Foyle replaced Mickael Pietrus on the active roster

The Magic have now won 4 in a row and 8 of their last 9 games overall, and are in first place by a game and a half over Atlanta, who dropped their fourth in a row Tuesday losing at Indiana. Magic have a tough back-to-back coming up at Indiana Friday and at home against Houston Saturday.

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  • At 5:14 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Three players for the Magic with 22 points and all five starters in double figures, including J.J. Redick, making his first career start. Once again, very good effort from the starters. Turkoglu really had an outstanding fourth quarter to help the Magic maintain their lead.

    Both teams were missing a regular starter, but the Raptors probably missed Calderon a lot more than the Magic missed Mickael Pietrus. Redick did a credible job in Pietrus's place, while Will Solomon was awful in Calderon's place. It's not too often you'll see a team with an atrocious assist/turnover ratio of 12/24 like the Raptors had.

    Bosh is a heck of a player, and he really had a great night. Fortunately, the Magic were able to prevent any other Toronto player from really having a good night.

    Big test coming up for the Magic Friday (at Indiana) and Saturday night (Houston).

    Eight wins in nine games for the Magic has pretty much erased the stench of that 0-2 start.


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