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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Huge free throw advantage helps Magic over Milwaukee

The Magic started out fast, making 7 of their first 8 shots, and led 33-23 after one. They extended their lead to 58-47 at the half, and maintained a double digit lead for much of the second half. They led 94-81 with 7 1/2 minutes remaining, but could not close out the Bucks who went on a run and got as close as 103-100 in the final 30 seconds but the Magic (10-4) were able to make their free throws to defeat Milwaukee (7-9) 108-101.

Milwaukee came into the game without guard Michael Redd. They lost center Andrew Bogut for the rest of the game in the third quarter with a knee bruise.

The Magic, having found out earlier in the day that they would be without guard Keith Bogans for at least a month with a thumb fracture, lost point guard Jameer Nelson with ten minutes remaining in the third due to a strained groin.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 24 points (7 of 10 field goals), 13 rebounds, 6 blocks, 6 turnovers
Rashard Lewis: 22 points (5 of 12 field goals), 4 rebounds
Hedo Turkoglu: 22 points (6 of 13 field goals), 9 rebounds
J.J. Redick (bench): 10 points (3 of 6 three point field goals)

Bucks leading scorers

Richard Jefferson: 25 points
Charlie Villanueva: 17 points
Andrew Bogut: 16 points

Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 47.7% (31 of 65) MIL 46.0% (40 of 87)
3 PT FG%: ORL 36.4% (8 of 22) MIL 30.8% (4 of 13)
FT%: MIL 81.0% (17 of 21) ORL 70.4% (38 of 54)
REB: MIL 40 (10 offensive) ORL 40 (7 offensive)
AST/TO: MIL 20/15 ORL 18/18

Other game notes and stats

-The Bucks attempted 22 more field goals than the Magic and outscored the Magic from the field 84-70
-The Magic outscored the Bucks 38-17 from the free throw line, and attempted 54 free throws to the Bucks' 21
-The Magic starters outscored the Bucks' starters 85-65
-The Magic starting frontline combined for 68 points and 26 rebounds
-The Magic starting forwards combined for 44 points on 11 of 25 field goals and 18 of 19 free throws
-The Bucks' starting guards combined for just 13 points on 6 of 22 shooting
-With Bogans out, the Magic used a ten man rotation, with only Brian Cook and Marcin Gortat not seeing any action
-Howard (10 of 20) and Mickael Pietrus (3 of 6) combined to make just 13 of 26 from the foul line
-J.J. Redick completed a four-point play in the second quarter
-Former Magic point guard Tyronn Lue finished with 14 points and 5 assists in reserve for the Bucks

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 2:21 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Hopefully, Nelson's groin strain is nothing serious, and he won't miss too much action. It's too bad, because he had done very well in the previous several games and was proving that he is the man for the Magic at the point.

    The Magic are fortunate that their schedule isn't too difficult for the next few weeks, even if Nelson does have to miss some games.

    Lewis has a sore ankle, also.

    18 turnovers against the Bucks was sloppy on the Magic's part, but the big free throw advantage for the Magic led the way to victory.


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