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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Magic make it four in a row with rout of Wizards

The Magic (4-2) really took advantage of a struggling, winless Washington (0-5) team, as they led by six points after one; 58-39 at the half; and increased the lead to 84-55 in the third. The Wizards could get no closer than 18 points after that, and the Magic were able to empty their bench late in the game winning handily 106-81.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 31 points (11 of 13 field goals), 16 rebounds, 3 blocks
Mickael Pietrus: 18 points (6 of 13 field goals)
Keith Bogans (bench): 13 points (5 of 8 field goals)
Hedo Turkoglu: 11 points (4 of 12 field goals)

Wizards leading scorers:

Nick Young: 20 points
DeShawn Stevenson: 14 points

Game stats:

FG%: ORL 50% (39 of 78) WAS 39.2% (31 of 79)
3 PT FG%: WAS 37.5% (6 of 16) ORL 33.3% (8 of 24)
FT%: WAS 72.2% (13 of 18) ORL 66.7% (20 of 30)
REB: ORL 42 (12 offensive) WAS 35 (7 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 21/13 WAS 13/16

Other game stats and notes:

-The two Wizards stars, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, scored just a combined 17 points on 7 of 20 field goal shooting
-The Magic starters outscored the Wizards starters 71-38
-All twelve Magic players saw action
-Bogans, Battie, Anthony Johnson, and Courtney Lee combined for 35 points off the bench, by far the bench's best scoring output of the season
-Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis scored just a combined 16 points on 6 of 23 field goal shooting with 5 turnovers, though they did combine for 4 steals
-Howard made 7 of his final 8 free throw attempts
-Four of the five Magic starters played between 31 and 36 minutes; only Jameer Nelson played under 30 minutes
-Nelson had a 6/0 assist/turnover ratio

Portland, even without Greg Oden, will pose a challenge for the Magic Monday night in Orlando.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 5:19 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Nice to see the Magic dominate a game from start to finish against a decidedly inferior team. I'm sure the Wizards will be much better later in the season when they get back Arenas, but they really have their work cut out for them because they are losing so many games now.

    Great job by the Magic getting the ball to Howard, especially in the second half; also a positive sign to see Dwight make 7 of his final 8 free throws.

    Even though Nelson was not a factor scoringwise, he had a sharp 6/0 assist/turnover ratio. For the last two games, his assist/turnover ratio is an impressive 15/3.

    Bogans continues to cement his sixth man status as the first man off the bench with another impressive performance.

    Magic handily won most of the major stats; the only stat that was sub-par was their free throw shooting at 67%.

    The Magic won't win too many games when both Turk and Lewis have sub-par games, as they did against the Wizards; thank goodness for the other guys and the bench coming through. The Magic will surely need both of them against the tough Blazers Monday night.


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