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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Magic climb over .500 for first time this season with win over 76ers

The Magic got off to a quick start in this game, leading 30-16 after one and 54-43 at the half, and opened the second half on a 14-2 run to lead 68-45. Philadelphia then made their run, outscoring the Magic 29-12 to pull with 80-74 in the fourth. They got no closer, as the Magic gradually pulled away to win 98-88.

Leading scorers

Rashard Lewis: 20 points (7 of 20 field goals), 8 rebounds
Hedo Turkoglu: 20 points (8 of 20 field goals), 8 rebounds
Jameer Nelson: 16 points (6 of 12 field goals), 9 assists
Dwight Howard: 14 points (6 of 11 field goals), 8 rebounds, 3 blocks
Mickael Pietrus: 12 points (5 of 7 field goals)


Keith Bogans: 8 points, 6 rebounds
Tony Battie: 8 points, 6 rebounds

76ers leading scorers

Thaddeus Young: 19 points
Andre Iguodala: 16 points, 11 rebounds

Game Stats:

FG%: ORL 45.1% (37 of 82) PHI 37.9% (36 of 95)
3 PT FG%: ORL 36% (9 of 25) PHI 29.4% (5 of 17)
FT%: PHI 84.6% (11 of 13) ORL 57.7% (15 of 26)
REB: PHI 54 (17 offensive) ORL 46 (11 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 21/10 PHI 18/14

Other game stats and notes:

-Lewis and Turkoglu combined to shoot 15 of 40 from the field
-Nelson and Pietrus combined to shoot 11 of 19 from the field
-Three Sixers had double figure rebounds
-Howard had three first half fouls and scored just two points in the half, failing to record a double-double for the game for the first time this year
-Nelson had a 9/3 assist/turnover ratio, with Nelson and Johnson combining for 11 assists
-Bogans, Battie, and Anthony Johnson were the only reserves to see action, with Bogans seeing 31 minutes of action
-The two 76ers starting guards, Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala, combined to shoot just 11 of 36 from the field
-The 76ers attempted 13 more shots from the field than the Magic, but the Magic attempted 13 more free throws than the 76ers

For the complete box score, click here

Also, check out the Third Quarter Collapse game recap.


  • At 4:27 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    This was a much more encouraging win against the Sixers than the win against the Bulls.

    Jameer Nelson's critics were already wanting the Magic to find another point guard after his inconsistency the first four games. His performance against Philly will quiet those critics, at least for a game. 16 points on 6 of 12 field goal shooting, and more importantly, a really good 9/3 assist/turnover ratio, by far his best of the season. He soundly outplayed 76ers PG Andre Miller.

    The Magic were also able to overcome Dwight Howard's first half foul problems, and proved they can win a game with Howard not at his best.

    All five starters were once again in double figures, and Bogans and Battie were solid off the bench.

    The only negatives in this game for the Magic were they were outrebounded by 8 and shot only 57% from the free throw line; also, they let the 76ers get back in the game after the Magic lead swelled to 23 points in the third quarter.

    It'll be interesting to see how long SVG will go with an eight-man rotation or if it will vary from game to game.

    Magic go for four in a row Saturday night against the Wizards.

  • At 1:15 PM, Anonymous josh g. said…

    this game was a huge encouragement. It helped us play together again.

    What I really did notice was our great gurad defense and our double-teaming up on Elton Brand. Great move by the coach to stop the big man to do any damage on offense.

    Great game, hope we win on saturday against Washington.

  • At 5:17 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Pretty much what i expected. The magic were able to protect the ball and that lead to shots for everyone. Its clear that when jameer is aggressive early we play much better throughout the game.


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