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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Magic come alive in fourth to break open close game in rout of T-Wolves

The Magic (24-6) started quickly in the game, as they jumped out to a 17-2 lead off the bat. Minnesota (5-24) did not quit, and scored 33 points in the second quarter to lead 55-53 at the half. The Magic fell behind by as much as 60-53 in the third before coming back to take a 79-74 lead after three quarters. The T-Wolves came back to tie at 82 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game; from that point on, the Magic dominated as they outscored the Wolves 36-12 the rest of the way for a 118-94 win, the Magic's seventh in a row.

Magic leading scorers

Hedo Turkoglu: 26 points (8 of 12 field goals), 7 rebounds
Rashard Lewis: 24 points (9 of 17 field goals), 7 rebounds
Jameer Nelson: 20 points (8 of 14 field goals), 8 assists, 6 rebounds
Dwight Howard: 17 points (7 of 12 field goals), 5 rebounds, 5 blocks

Minnesota leading scorers

Rashad McCants (bench): 21 points
Al Jefferson: 16 points

Overall Game Stats

FG%: ORL 53.8% (43 of 80) MIN 41.2% (35 of 85)
3 PT FG%: MIN 61.5% (8 of 13) ORL 50% (12 of 24)
FT%: ORL 80% (20 of 25) MIN 57.1% (16 of 28)
REB: ORL 42 (8 offensive) MIN 40 (15 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 20/14 MIN 17/14

Other game notes and stats:

-The Magic shot 27 of 42 in the second half
-The Magic outscored the Wolves in the second half 65-39
-The Magic starters outscored the Wolves' starters 94-47, including a 67-32 advantage from the starting frontcourt
-Lewis and Turkoglu combined for 50 points on 17 of 29 shooting and 14 rebounds
-Nelson came out of the game in the third quarter with a jammed toe, but came back in the fourth to score 12 points and hitting his last five shots
-The Magic used a ten man rotation, with J.J. Redick and Adonal Foyle not seeing action
-Marcin Gortat led the reserves with 8 points
-Anthony Johnson had 5 steals in just under 20 minutes
-The T-Wolves shot better from the three point line (61.5%) than the free throw line (57.1%)

The Magic have now won 20 of their last 23 games, and play at Detroit Monday.

For the complete box score, click here

Also, check out the blog post below from WeRDevos as Marc Stein of ESPN gives his take on the Magic thus far.


  • At 12:45 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Another solid victory! Showing maturity in the fourth quarter by getting stops and timely baskets by our "all-star level playing PG".


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