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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Furious Magic comeback in fourth stuns 76ers

It certainly didn't look good for the Magic, as they trailed Philadelphia 84-73 with just under ten minutes remaining in the game. They then went on an offensive explosion, outscoring the 76ers 33-16 the rest of the way to go on to win 106-100. The Magic made 10 of their final 15 field goals, including their last five three point attempts. Courtney Lee, Hedo Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis, and Marcin Gortat all played a big part in the comeback.

The Sixers led the entire first half, 32-26 at the end of one and 57-45 at the half. They held their largest lead of the game at 13 points late in the third before settling for a 80-70 lead after three, before the Magic started their big fourth quarter comeback.

Magic leading scorers

Hedo Turkoglu: 23 points (7 of 11 field goals), 7 assists, 6 rebounds
Rashard Lewis: 23 points (8 of 12 field goals)
Courtney Lee: 18 points (6 of 18 field goals)
Dwight Howard: 12 points (4 of 7 field goals), 8 rebounds, 3 blocks
Rafer Alston: 11 points (5 of 11 field goals), 5 assists

Philadelphia leading scorers

Andre Miller: 23 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists
Andre Iguodala: 22 points, 5 rebounds
Willie Green: 19 points

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: PHI 48.1% (38 of 79) ORL 47.4% (37 of 78)
3 PT FG%: PHI 55.6% (5 of 9) ORL 40.5% (15 of 37)
FT%: PHI 79.2% (19 of 24) ORL 77.3% (17 of 22)
REB: ORL 34 (6 offensive) PHI 33 (8 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 24/14 PHI 17/13

Other game notes and stats:

-The Magic attempted 37 three point field goals and 41 two point field goals
-The 37 three point field goal attempts by the Magic tied the team record for most three point attempts in a game, set earlier this season against Sacramento
-Turkoglu and Lewis combined for 46 points on 15 of 23 shooting, including 8 of 13 on threes, 10 rebounds, 10 assists
-Howard fouled out late, and was held to 4 points, 0 rebounds in the first half
-Anthony Johnson and Marcin Gortat performed well off the bench; Johnson with 7 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds; Gortat with 6 points and 6 rebounds
-J.J Redick received a double technical for arguing with the officials in the second quarter and was ejected
-Mickael Pietrus, after hurting his shoulder against Detroit, played 13 minutes and scored 4 points
-The 76ers once held a 28-19 rebounding edge in the second half, but the Magic grabbed 15 of the final 20 rebounds
-The Magic outscored the 76ers in the fourth quarter 36-20 and 61-43 in the second half

The Magic have two days off and begin their March schedule Tuesday hosting Phoenix.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 4:29 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    From Kyle Hightower's game recap at orlandosentinel.com:

    "I thought it was one of our best wins of the year," Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy said afterward. "... It reminded me of some [wins] we had earlier in the year. We had some fight in us."

    "We haven't had one like that in a while," Van Gundy said. "That's what we talked about — just getting our fight back in us. We've had good games where we've started well, like against Miami. But we've had trouble when things haven't gone our way. That's why I think this game was important for us."


    Great comeback by the Magic in the fourth, all the starters did a nice job picking up the slack from Dwight Howard's sub-par night, and also a nice job off the bench from Anthony Johnson and Marcin Gortat.

    Maybe this game will be a confidence-booster for the Magic; it takes some of the sting off the loss to the Pistons Friday night.

    Also, a much better defensive effort from the Magic in the second half, giving up just 43 points after looking awful defensively in the first half giving up 57 points.

  • At 10:00 AM, Anonymous gomezmagic12 said…

    Well I agree with SVG in this one, one of the better wins of the season when it comes to momentum and effort out on the court. There was a fight in us last night,we wanted the game more than philly!!

    Lets talk about effort.......i am going to once again be honest, at halftime i was not happy with the rookie going 0 for 5 and allowing andre miller to pretty much set the pace for 57 points in the first half, but he came out in the second half and continued to search for his shot and finally found it about halfwat through the third hitting huge shots late. Rlewis played an outstanding picking up Howards slack single handedly keeping us in the game in the late second early third. Howard fouled out with only 12pts and 8 boards but i have to give credit to theo ratliff that just got under howards hair all night long, frustrating him and getting howard into foul trouble early. Turk continues to be the turk that we all have grown to loved, a player that just hits big shot after big shot and just has a smell for the basket.

    The bench gave us just what we needed last night but against an elite team we are going to have to get better depth from our bench, yes gortat and AJ both had great games but i am especifically talking about MP and JJ, now i know JJ got tossed early so im going to cut him a brake but MP, come on MP......we need at least Golden State numbers... in the beginning of the season i was giving him a break allowing him to get used to the offense and all but we are late in the season and this guy continues to show horrible shot selection, inconsistency and honestly he was brought in as a defensive player and he has only had flashes of an OK defensive player, not to take anything away from Lee, he even lost his starting to spot to a rookie.(Lee has earned that spot, not writting bad aboout lee)

    Please gents dont get me wrong i love MP's game but he has to come around........and lee he is just an all around basketball player, but so far MP has been a disappointment. MP.....we need you to get it together we need you in the playoffs at full speed.

    Looking forward, the suns come into town with the hometown kid Amare Stoudammire and two former Magic allstars in Grant Hill and Shaq. Alvin Gentry has those guys playing ok basketball as they are now playing an uptempo D'antoni type basketball but still are on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs.

  • At 11:08 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I'll give the magic credit for actually making the comeback and winning the game,but i wasnt impressed by how they played the game at all. Hopefully its just fatigue that is setting in and the magic will start to play sound basketball again once the schedule lightens up. We probably lose that game against a better shooting team,lucky for us philly has a bunch of non-outside shooters and we got hot during the fourth.


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