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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Magic click on all cylinders offensively against Kings in first win of season

After two straight embarrassing offensive performances to open the season, the Magic did well in virtually every offensive category and pulled away in the fourth quarter against Sacramento for a 121-103 win to get in the victory column for the first time this season.

All five starters scored in double figures for the Magic, while four of the starters scored at least 20 points.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 29 points (11 of 14 field goals), 14 rebounds, 5 blocks
Rashard Lewis: 26 points (10 of 20 field goals), 7 rebounds, 6 assists
Hedo Turkoglu: 21 points (7 of 13 field goals), 4 assists
Mickael Pietrus: 20 points (6 of 9 field goals), 4 rebounds


Anthony Johnson: 7 points, 3 assists

Sacramento leading scorers:

Kevin Martin: 31 points
Spencer Hawes: 14 points

Game Stats

FG%: ORL 55.0% (44 of 80) SAC 52.7% (39 of 74)
3 PT FG%: ORL 36.4% (8 of 22) SAC 33.3% (5 of 15)
FT%: SAC 83.3% (20 of 24) ORL 80.6% (25 of 31)
REB: ORL 40 (15 offensive) SAC 28 (6 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 25/13 SAC 21/12

Other Game Stats and Notes

-Six Kings scored in double figures
-Magic scored 59 first half points and 62 second half points
-Magic starters outscored the Sacramento starters 108-74
-The starting Magic frontcourt outscored the Kings starting frontcourt 76-32
-The two point guards, Nelson and Anthony Johnson, combined for 19 points and 8 assists
-Magic had a better than 2/1 assist/turnover ratio
-J.J. Redick did not score in 9 minutes off the bench and is 0 for 8 from the field in three games
-Keith Bogans grabbed 6 rebounds off the bench in 19 minutes
-Brian Cook, Marcin Gortat, and Courtney Lee did not play

For the complete box score, click here

Magic will try to get to the .500 mark on Monday as they host Chicago and number one draft pick Derrick Rose.


  • At 3:52 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The Magic fixed their offensive problems, at least for one night. All the starters played well, and the turnovers were kept to a minimum (as Big Figure pointed out after the Memphis game how the Magic have been sorely deficient in those areas the first two games).

    Of course, this was against Sacramento, who played the night before and who will most likely finish well out of the playoff hunt in the West; but the Magic had to start somewhere and it was encouraging to see them play so well after two sub-par performances.

    Still some problems though with the bench... how long do the Magic stick with J.J. Redick being the first guard off the bench with him shooting so poorly, not hitting a field goal yet in three games.

    Anthony Johnson was effective in his time off the bench, and Keith Bogans was active on the boards.

    Hopefully, the Magic can get to .500 against the improved Bulls on Monday.

  • At 11:10 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Much better! Because it was the kings i'm not exactly sure how good of a win this was,but its at least a win. Hopefully the magic arent trying to showcase JJ,who would want him after the first three games? I hope he can get himself going because right now he's not even hitting open shots. Seems like KB and TB are rising to the top as our solid/reliable bench help,add in AJ and we have a solid 8 man rotation similar to what SVG will use in the play-offs. IF Cook and CLee can find a way to get into the rotation,i think the magic will be fine with time.

  • At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Magicpaul said…

    It was so good watching the Magic play their game last night. It was a well balanced all around game. Lewis played great on both ends of the court, Howard put up great numbers once again continuing to prove that he is by far the best center in the league, pietrus also played great contributing on the offensive end.

    And you have to give credit where credit is due and Nelson played a solid game scoring 12, and only turning the ball over twice but making up for it with his efforts.

    But i still believe that we have to make a move and get us help at the backup center position, TB is great but he will not hold up playing the five all season.

    Great all around game, long home stand coming up with chi next.

  • At 11:15 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    Battie has been a forward/center his entire career. Besides last season, he's had a relatively healthy 3 seasons with the Magic, most of which he was a starter. Why would he not hold up playing backup minutes?

    If you really think about it, if he’s on the court as a 4 or 5, what really is the difference? When he’s out there, he’ll likely be guarding power forwards the majority of the time, or opposing “centers” with the game of a power forward.

    So me personally, I think Battie will do a solid job, and by the time he’s ready to call it quits, Vasquez will be coming to town. ;)

    I'll say it again... Pietrus was one of the most underrated signing of the summer. Only 3 games in, and he's already a major improvement to any shooting guard we had last season. Our current starting 5 is the best starting 5 we've had in over a decade.

  • At 2:27 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I agree about Battie. I think he'll do an adequate job coming off the bench. It's not like we need him to play 25-30 minutes a game; just 12-15 minutes or so. He's an experienced veteran who knows how to get the job done.

    I thought it would take a while for Pietrus to get adjusted to his new team and his starting role, but he has done very well scoring 20 points two of the first three games. As long as he can stay out of foul trouble, like the five fouls he picked up in 17 minutes in Game 2, he will continue his smooth adjustment.

    I was very happy with the two point guards' contributions against the Kings... 19 points and 8 assists combined for Nelson and Johnson. I'll gladly accept numbers like that from them on a nightly basis.


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