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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Nelson, Gortat set marks in Magic win over Warriors

Jameer Nelson tied his career high with 32 points and Marcin Gortat set career highs with 16 points and 13 rebounds as the Magic completed a 4-1 road trip with a 109-98 win over Golden State, despite Dwight Howard sitting out to rest his sore knee.

Golden State's last lead of the game was 26-25 early in the second quarter; the Magic led 46-40 at the half and extended the lead to 77-67 at the end of three. The Warriors could pull no closer than 8 points early in the fourth as the Magic pulled away and had their largest lead at 104-87 before cruising to the final score.

Magic leading scorers

Jameer Nelson: 32 points (13 of 25 field goals), 4 assists, 3 steals
Rashard Lewis: 21 points (8 of 15 field goals), 8 rebounds, 2 steals
Marcin Gortat: 16 points (7 of 13 field goals), 13 rebounds, 3 blocks
Courtney Lee (bench): 16 points (6 of 8 field goals)
Hedo Turkoglu: 12 points (6 of 17 field goals), 8 assists, 7 rebounds

Golden State leading scorers

Andris Biedrins: 23 points, 9 rebounds
Marco Belinelli: 19 points

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 47.9% (45 of 94) GS 41.8% (38 of 91)
3 PT FG%: ORL 50% (10 of 20) GS 27.8% (5 of 18)
FT%: GS 73.9% (17 of 23) ORL 9 of 13 (69.2%)
REB: ORL 51 (14 offensive) GS 48 (16 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 26/13 GS 19/16

Other game notes and stats:

-The Magic scored 63 second half points
-The Magic outscored the Warriors 100-81 from the field to more than offset the Warriors' eight free throws made advantage
-After shooting just 1 of 6 on threes in the first half, the Magic were 9 of 14 on threes in the second half
-After starting 3 of 9 from the field, Nelson made 10 of his last 16 shots
-Nelson outscored the Warriors' starting guards by himself 32-23
-Other than C Andris Biedrins, the Warriors' four other starters combined to shoot 13 of 51 from the field for 41 points
-Lewis and Turkoglu combined for another good game with 33 points, 15 rebounds, 13 assists, and 2 steals
-The Magic used a 9-man rotation, with Lee, Battie, Johnson, and Redick all seeing action off the bench and each scoring
-Battie shot just 1 for 8 for 4 points, but grabbed 12 rebounds and had a block
-Keith Bogans (2 points) was the only Magic starter not to score in double figures
-The Magic are off to their second-best start after 25 games in franchise history.

The Magic continue to lead second-place Atlanta by 3 1/2 games as they get ready for a tough four-game homestand starting on Thursday against San Antonio.

For the complete box score, click here


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

    Before this road trip started, I said I would be happy if the Magic finished the trip at 3-2, and anything better would be fantastic.

    The Magic wound up losing DH midway through the Phoenix game, and despite that, the Magic were able to win their last two games on the trip and finished the road trip 4-1!

    Great seeing the other players step up in each of the last two wins without their start center; Coach Van Gundy always seems to press the right buttons in terms of who to put out on the floor in a given situation, and everyone who is playing is contributing.

    Hopefully Howard will be ready to go Thursday as a real tough homestand starts against the Spurs.

  • At 12:27 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Great performance by jameer and the rest of the team. Gortat needs more minutes when dwight is healthy. And why would you leave Courtney lee open? Oh my goodness the man can shoot it! Injuries are gonna turn out working to our benefit because we are finding some players on this bench.


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