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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Rockets continue mastery over Magic in Orlando

Houston, with Yao Ming outplaying Dwight Howard, held the Magic to just 42 second half points, as the Magic could not sustain a 82-79 lead in the fourth quarter, as the Rockets went on a 21-10 run and won in Orlando for the seventh game in a row 100-95. Five Rockets scored in double figures. Hedo Turkoglu was not in uniform for the game due to the flu.

Magic leading scorers

Jameer Nelson: 21 points (7 of 16 field goals), 6 assists
Rashard Lewis: 18 points (6 of 21 field goals), 8 rebounds, 5 assists
Dwight Howard: 13 points (5 of 10 field goals), 9 rebounds, 2 blocks
J.J. Redick (bench): 13 points (8 of 10 free throws)

Houston leading scorers:

Yao Ming: 22 points, 13 rebounds
Tracy McGrady: 17 points
Rafer Alston: 13 points

Game Statistics

FG%: HOU 48.2% (40 of 83) ORL 40.7% (33 of 81)
3 PT FG%: HOU 38.9% (7 of 18) ORL 25.9% (7 of 27)
FT%: ORL 84.6% (22 of 26) HOU 72.2% (13 of 18)
REB: HOU 42 (8 offensive) ORL 38 (8 offensive)
AST/TO: HOU 23/13 ORL 19/13

Other game notes and stats:

-The Magic made just 13 of 41 (31.4%) from the field in the second half
-The Magic made just 2 of their final 16 three point attempts
-Keith Bogans, starting at shooting guard, scored just 5 points in 36 minutes
-Pietrus, who was moved to small forward, Lewis, and Bogans combined to shoot just 10 of 35 from the field for 27 points
-The Magic were outscored from the field by the Rockets 87-73
-The Magic starters were outscored by the Rockets' starters 76-61
-Adonal Foyle saw his first action of the season with 4 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks in 13 minutes
-Nelson and Anthony Johnson combined for 29 points, 11 assists, 1 turnover
-Jeremy Richardson, activated for the first time, and Brian Cook did not see action.

The Magic remain in first place by a game over Atlanta by a game.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 3:25 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    A tough loss, that's for sure. The fact that Lewis, Pietrus, Howard, and Bogans all had sub-par nights negated the outstanding bench effort from the Magic.

    The consistent play of Jameer Nelson continues to be a great sign for the Magic future.

    Six out of the next seven games are winnable before the Magic start the really tough part of their schedule in early December.

  • At 2:20 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Yao is big! I thought the magic played tough despite everything that went on in the game. If hedo plays there's no doubt in my mind that we win the game.


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