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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Pietrus to miss significant time with broken wrist; Magic cruise past Bulls

The Magic got some bad news on Tuesday when an MRI revealed that Mickael Pietrus has a fracture in his wrist from the Pistons game Monday.

The Magic (25-7) needed to bounce back against Chicago (14-18) after a lackluster offensive performance against Detroit, and the Magic did just that as they led from start to finish, and had seven players finish in double figures. The Magic had a big 33-17 lead after one, and an even larger 27 point lead 65-38 at the half. The lead then swelled to as much as 33 points, 73-40, in the third quarter, and the Bulls could get no closer than the final of 113-94 after scoring the final eight points of the game.

Magic leading scorers

Rashard Lewis: 21 points (8 of 17 field goals), 7 rebounds
Hedo Turkoglu: 18 points (7 of 16 field goals), 9 rebounds
Dwight Howard: 15 points (5 of 7 field goals), 14 rebounds, 2 blocks
Marcin Gortat (bench): 14 points (6 of 9 field goals), 7 rebounds, 2 blocks

Chicago leading scorers

Joakim Noah: 19 points, 11 rebounds
Ben Gordon: 18 points

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 49.4% (43 of 87) CHI 42.0% (34 of 81)
3 PT FG%: CHI 40% (6 of 15) ORL 36.7% (11 of 30)
FT%: CHI 83.3% (20 of 24) ORL 76.2% (16 of 21)
REB: ORL 48 (14 offensive) CHI 38 (7 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 24/12 CHI 19/14

Other game notes and stats:

-The Magic starting frontline outscored the Bulls' starting frontline 54-15 and outrebounded them 30-15
-Lewis and Turkoglu combined for 39 points, 16 rebounds, 8 assists
-Three players scored in double figures off the Magic bench; in addition to Gortat, Courtney Lee scored 11 points and Anthony Johnson 10 points
-Only Adonal Foyle did not see any playing time
-The Bulls' reserves scored more points, 50, than the Bulls' starters, who combined for 44 points
-With his 1 for 7 performance from the field, Keith Bogans is now 11 for 45 in his last eight games for 30 points (3.8 ppg), including 5 for 29 on threes
-Jameer Nelson had five assists to lead the Magic
-The Bulls' number one pick, Derrick Rose, scored 11 points but did not have an assist
-Rose and Gordon combined to score 29 points, but shot just 11 of 30 from the field

The Magic conclude a very successful month of December at 12-3, and 25-7 overall, and will host Dwyane Wade and the Heat Friday.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 1:23 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Not only are the bulls bad,but they were down three key players so what i expected is what i got. Jameer was aggressive from the jump hitting a three and a lay-up and the team never looked back. Solid display by the team. Miami up next.


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