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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Magic break open game in second half in rout of Warriors

The Magic led this game against Golden State from start to finish as six Magic players scored in double figures. The Magic had a 25-16 lead after one quarter, and then had their largest lead of the first half at 48-31 before settling for a 53-45 halftime lead. The Warriors then came to within 58-54 early in the third before the Magic erupted on a 29-12 run and led 87-66 at the end of three. The lead increased to by as much as 35 points in the fourth before the final score of 113-81.

Magic leading scorers

Jameer Nelson: 22 points (9 of 9 field goals), 7 assists, 5 rebounds
Rashard Lewis: 21 points (8 of 12 field goals), 5 rebounds
Mickael Pietrus (bench): 14 points (4 of 8 three point field goals)
Hedo Turkoglu: 12 points (3 of 10 field goals), 7 assists, 5 rebounds
Courtney Lee (bench): 12 points (5 of 9 field goals), 5 rebounds
Dwight Howard: 11 points (4 of 11 field goals), 11 rebounds, 2 blocks

Golden State leading scorers

Jamal Crawford: 18 points

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 48.2% (41 of 85) GS 31.9% (29 of 91)
3 PT FG%: ORL 51.6% (16 of 31) GS 35.7% (5 of 14)
FT%: GS 64.3% (18 of 28) ORL 62.5% (15 of 24)
REB: ORL 55 (11 offensive) GS 52 (18 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 23/13 GS 16/16

Other game notes and stats:

-All 12 Magic players played; only Keith Bogans and Adonal Foyle failed to score
-Nelson, named the Eastern Conference player of the week, made all nine of his field goal attempts to set an Amway Arena record for most field goals made without a miss; he also had an outstanding 7/1 assist/turnover ratio
-The Magic set a season high with 16 three point field goals
-The Magic reserves combined for a season-high 47 points
-The Magic outscored the Warriors from the field 98-63
-The Magic starting frontline outscored the Warriors' starting frontline 44-15.
-The Magic went on a 49-18 run spanning the third and fourth quarters
-Bogans, who has played well defensively, has lost his shooting touch the last 4 games, as he has scored just 13 points in those games (3.3 ppg) on 5 of 27 field goal shooting (18.5%), including 2 of 17 (11.8%) from three point range

The Magic (22-6) have now won 18 of their last 21 games, and are 4 1/2 games in front of second-place Atlanta, as they await their first Christmas Day game in five years against New Orleans.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 5:25 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Sad news about Brian Cook's father, who passed away on Monday. Cook will be away from the team for an indefinite period.

    All my fears about this game being a "trap" game for the Magic were all for naught, as the Magic really got on a roll in the second half and turned the game into a genuine rout. Once again, Nelson leads the way with another basically flawless performance.

    A rare game where all twelve players saw action for the Magic; the guys should be ready to go on Christmas Day against the Hornets and Chris Paul.

  • At 4:19 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    This team is even better than i thought. Question marks at the beginning of the season are starting to get answered player wise. MP looks like a perfect fit and great sign by otis. CL looks like a steal to be picked in the TWENTIES for crying out loud,another great sign by otis. And last but not least jameer being extended,another great move by otis. This team is built to punish people and otis should get a ton of credit for putting it all together. It just seems like we have waves of like players,everybody contributes because everybody for the most part has the same skill set surrounding the best center in the game,feels good to be a magic fan. After starting 0-2 the magic have gone 22-4. Damn! Thats good basketball.

  • At 4:21 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Power outage at home last night. Didn't see or hear anything about the game after about 3 minutes in.

    Bring on Chris Paul. Saw them last year where Arroyo shut down Paul for 3 quarters then he burned the Magic for the win in the fourth.

    This should be a great game with two hot teams.

    ESPN power polls have Magic as 3rd or 4th depending on the poll. And Howard and Hollinger rankings have best players in the league as James, Paul, Wade, then Howard.

    I guess the data is starting to back the idea that the Magic are a premier team right now.

    Last time this team was 22-6 they went to the finals. 4 games better than last year. The bench is contributing a bit even though Redick is officially a bust. Damn, can't complain much at all.

  • At 6:26 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    This was the first game I watched live this season, and I got exactly what I wanted. While it wasn’t that exciting to watch, we were due for a good blowout. I can’t complain, the tickets were free...

    When the season started, when our bench was struggling, BIG mentioned something about it having to do with lack of experience together. I think he hit it right on the head. I also think the early injury problems were a blessing in disguise, as it gave guys the playing time and confidence they needed. Without those injuries, Lee and Gortat might not have gotten a chance. As it turns out, we gained two productive bench players; one of which looks to have a very bright future ahead of him.

    Last season we were missing size in the frontcourt. Right now with Battie back, and Gortat coming on strong, that problem just might be answered. Even Cook has given us some solid minutes from time to time.

    Last season we also had problems in the backcourt at both positions; yet as of today I couldn't ask for any better production than we're getting. At the point, Nelson is playing all-star caliber basketball. Johnson isn't great, but he gets the job done for the few minutes he plays. Then over at the shooting guard, we're getting quality minutes from Pietrus, Bogans, and Lee. All three play aggressive on both ends of the floor, and give us a lot of energy, defense, and fresh legs to throw at opposing perimeter players.

    Kind of funny, the national perception of the Magic is that we have no bench what so ever. At the beginning of the season, that might have been true, but that is no longer the case.

    Overall, I'm very happy with this team right now. We have so many weapons. We can score with the best of them, yet we still play defense. It helps that our defense is anchored by a beast.

    I hope Howard wins Defensive Player of the Year this season. As of now, he’s as deserving as anyone.

    One of the things I like most about this team is how confident everyone is. We got a list of players not afraid to take big shots. I know some of that is within the player in general, but some of the credit has to go to Van Gundy for having confidence in his team, and just letting the play the game.

    One thing's for sure; it's a good time to be a Magic fan!

    Last thought:
    It looks like our team is somewhat close off the floor too. I went to Blue Martini after the game. While standing at the bar, I got bumped into countless times…very annoying. Then I got bumped one more time. This time it was Redick. He was a nice guy. He said hi, small talked, and was the only person to actually apologize. I didn’t even acknowledge that I knew who he was, but he seemed like cool guy. Then the way to the bathroom, Gortat walked past me. I told him to keep up the good work, and was polite and thanked me. Lewis, Turk, and Bogans were also there about 5 or 10 feet away just hanging out together. Lewis and Gortat are some big dudes. I could have said hi to any of them, but I didn’t want to be “that guy” and bother them. But they were nice to everyone who approached them. None of them showed any “ego” at all. For me, I guess it was just cool to see “stars”, or a guy with as much money as Lewis, out casually being friendly with the public.

  • At 7:24 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Good analysis and overall view of the Magic by all you guys.

    You're very lucky to have seen so many Magic players where you went last night after the game, OVERWADED. That's great that they were all cool, and not rude or anything. Just goes to show the Magic are a great group of guys, on and off the court!

    With the season now 1/3 over, the Magic are on pace for a 64-18 record! However, that would be good for just the third seed in the East if Boston and Cleveland can keep up their torrid paces.

    The Magic play both the Cavs and Celts three times each the rest of the way; they trail Boston by 4 games and Cleveland by just a game and a half in the Eastern Conference standings, so the Magic still have a good chance at finishing higher than third in the conference.


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