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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Howard's triple-double helps Magic start road trip on a positive note against Thunder

The Magic received good news before the game even started, when they found out OK City's second-year star Kevin Durant would sit out the game with a sore ankle. The Magic never trailed in this game, leading 39-19 after one quarter, and had a resounding 71-42 halftime lead. The lead swelled to 76-44 early in the third before the Thunder went on a 29-11 run to cut their deficit to 87-73 early in the fourth quarter. The Thunder would get no closer, as the Magic were able to empty the bench late in a 109-92 win, led by Dwight Howard's triple-double and Jameer Nelson's double-double.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 30 points (12 of 21 field goals), 19 rebounds, 10 blocks
Jameer Nelson: 17 points (7 of 12 field goals), 10 rebounds
Mickael Pietrus: 17 points (5 of 10 field goals), 5 rebounds
Hedo Turkoglu: 15 points (3 of 13 field goals), 7 assists
Rashard Lewis: 13 points (6 of 15 field goals)

Thunder leading scorers

Jeff Green: 25 points
Russell Westbrook: 13 points

Game Stats

FG%: ORL 45.1% (41 of 91) OKC 37.4% (34 of 91)
3 PT FG%: ORL 31.8% (7 of 22) OKC 27.3% (3 of 11)
FT%: OKC 77.8% (21 of 27) ORL 74.1% (20 of 27)
REB: ORL 50 (9 offensive) OKC 50 (10 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 17/8 OKC 14/13
BENCH: OKC 29 ORL 17

Other game notes and stats:

-The Magic starting frontline outscored the OK City starting frontline 58-26
-Mickael Pietrus, who can be foul-prone, did not commit a foul in 33 minutes
-Howard scored 15 first quarter points, while Nelson added 12 points in the period
-The Thunder bench combined to shoot 10 of 38 from the floor, with Russell Westbrook shooting 3 for 19
-Magic shot just 15 of 43 (34.8%) in the second half
-Rashard Lewis, with his 6 for 15 field goal shooting, is now 11 for 37 shooting from the field in his last three games
-Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu shot a combined 9 for 28 from the field
-Marcin Gortat blocked 3 shots in 3 minutes of action; for the season, he has 7 blocks in 11 minutes of action, which equates to 30 1/2 blocks per 48 minutes
-Tony Battie grabbed 7 rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench
-J.J. Redick went 0 for 2 from the field in the final three minutes, and is now 0 for 10 shooting on the season

The Magic now trail Atlanta by 1 1/2 games in the SE, thanks to Boston's last-second 103-102 victory over the Hawks. Magic will try for two in a row on the road when they face Dallas Friday night.

For the complete box score, click here

2 Comments:

  • At 5:28 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Nice to see the guys were motivated, after a deflating home loss to Portland, to play well at OK City, even though the Thunder were without their star Kevin Durant.

    With the fast start by Jameer Nelson and Dwight Howard, this game was never in doubt.

    I hope J.J. Redick can get his first field goal of the season pretty soon!

    Magic need to build on this win against a very beatable Dallas team Friday night.

     
  • At 10:48 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Great game from DH,he just put himself into a category that only him and hakeem olajuwan are in,the 30-15-10 club. Glad to see jameer playing aggressive,his first half 15 points are what lead to our solid play throughout.

     

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