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Monday, November 10, 2008

Magic end long homestand on a losing note to Portland

The Blazers started out the game red hot, outscoring the Magic 36-28 in the first quarter. They cooled off in the second as the Magic pulled to within 54-53 at the half. The Magic took a 73-72 lead into the final quarter but Portland outscored the Magic 15-2 to open the quarter to take a 87-75 lead and the Magic never were able to come close after that, losing 106-99, despite great games from Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu.

Magic leading scorers

Hedo Turkoglu: 35 points (11 of 21 field goals), 4 rebounds
Dwight Howard: 29 points (8 of 11 field goals), 19 rebounds
Keith Bogans (bench): 12 points (4 of 9 field goals)
Jameer Nelson: 10 points (4 of 12 field goals), 7 assists, 4 turnovers

Blazers scoring leaders

Brandon Roy: 27 points
Steve Blake: 20 points, 5 rebounds
Travis Outlaw (bench): 20 points, 5 rebounds

Game Stats

FG%: ORL 45.1% (32 of 71) POR 43.8% (35 of 80)
3 PT FG%: POR 52.9% (9 of 17) ORL 29.2% (7 of 24)
FT%: POR 84.4% (27 of 32) ORL 73.7% (28 of 38)
REB: ORL 44 (10 offensive) POR 34 (5 offensive)
AST/TO: POR 18/6 ORL 15/14

Other game stats and notes:

-Portland wound up with a solid advantage in three point field goal percentage, free throw percentage, assist/turnover ratio, and bench scoring
-Howard had 23 points and 12 rebounds at the half
-Rashard Lewis continues to struggle, scoring just 6 points on 3 of 11 shooting, including 0 for 5 on threes; he is now 5 of 22 from the floor the last two games
-The Magic used a nine man rotation, with Courtney Lee joining Bogans, Tony Battie, and Anthony Johnson
-Bogans was the only Magic bench player to score
-Howard and Turkoglu combined for 64 of the Magic's 99 points on 19 of 32 field goals and 22 of 32 free throws
-Howard hit 7 of his first 8 free throws, then just 6 of his last 12 free throws
-Lewis, Nelson, and Mickael Pietrus combined to score just 23 points on 9 of 28 field goal shooting
-The Magic starting guards were outscored by the Blazers starting guards 47-17
-The Portland starting frontline combined to score just 19 points, with LaMarcus Aldridge scoring 16 of those points

Magic start a three game road trip Wednesday night at Oklahoma City

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 5:31 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The two best teams the Magic have played so far, Atlanta and Portland, have both beaten the Magic... in Orlando. If the Magic want to establish themselves as a top contender in the East, they have got to win home games against competitive teams like that. They did not bring their top game against the Blazers (except Turk and Howard), while the Blazers looked really good with their young talent.

    This was a game the Magic could have won, as they had a slim lead going into the final quarter. Portland took over the game offensively and defensively then, and by the time the Magic hit a few late threes to make the score respectable, the game was all but over. SVG can't be too happy with the defense at all.

    It's kind of troublesome to see Lewis having two abysmal games in a row, but that's what happened. He's got to snap out of it on the upcoming road trip.

    It looked like Howard was going to have a career game, with 23 and 12 in the first half, but he was quiet in the second half, with just 6 points and 7 rebounds. Once the Magic fell behind by 12 in the fourth quarter, they basically stopped looking for Howard and were putting up threes, most of which missed the mark.

    Nice, balanced scoring by the Blazers with five guys in double figures. Turk and Howard were the bulk of the offense for the Magic.

    I was very disappointed in the bench play, especially after they played their best game against the Wizards Saturday night. Johnson, Battie, and Lee were hardly a factor at all.

    Tough game also for Nelson, with the poor field goal shooting and the four turnovers. Johnson was no help in reserve either.

    Magic embark on a three game road trip against OK City, Dallas, and Charlotte. At least two of those games are winnable.


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