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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Life without Jameer Nelson begins with a Magic pounding of the Clippers

The new starter at point guard, Anthony Johnson, had one of the best games of his career as three Magic players scored 20+ points and 11 of the 12 Magic players scored as the Magic led from start to finish in a resounding 125-96 victory.

The Magic led 34-22 after one and 72-48 at the half. They continued to pile it on as they led 104-71 after three and had their largest lead of 119-83 late in the game.

Magic leading scorers

Anthony Johnson: 25 points (9 of 11 field goals, 6 of 8 three point field goals)
Courtney Lee (bench): 21 points (9 of 10 field goals)
Hedo Turkoglu: 20 points (7 of 12 field goals), 6 assists
Dwight Howard: 12 points (4 of 11 field goals), 15 rebounds

LA Clippers leading scorers

Al Thornton: 27 points
Eric Gordon: 14 points

Overall Game Stats

FG%: ORL 56.6% (47 of 83) LAC 42.4% (36 of 85)
3 PT FG%: ORL 61.5% (16 of 26) LAC 21.1% (4 of 19)
FT%: LAC 87.0% (20 of 23) ORL 60% (15 of 25)
REB: ORL 48 (13 offensive) LAC 32 (10 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 26/10 LAC 21/9
BENCH: ORL 53 LAC 34

Other game notes and stats:

-Johnson scored more than 20 points in a game for the first time since April of 2006 when he was with Indiana
-Johnson finished two points off his regular-season career high of 27 points, and finished with a career high six three pointers
-Mickael Pietrus took over the starting shooting guard spot and scored 8 points
-Lee, coming off the bench, finished with a career high of 21 points
-Tony Battie also scored in double figures off the bench with 10 points
-Marcin Gortat scored 8 points with 8 rebounds in 8 minutes
-The Magic shot 24 of 36 in the first half, including 12 of 16 on threes
-Johnson, Lee, and Turkoglu combined to score 66 points on 25 of 33 field goals, including 13 of 17 from three point range
-Johnson outscored opposing point guard Baron Davis 25-9
-Zach Randolph, Fred Jones, and Ricky Davis combined to shoot just 4 of 26 off the Clippers' bench
-Keith Bogans was the only Magic player not to score

The Magic have a day off before their next game at Indiana on Friday.

For the complete box score, click here

3 Comments:

  • At 1:30 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Wow... whatever Anthony Johnson took before the game, I hope he keeps on taking it... what a performance!

    Maybe Otis Smith does know what he's doing after all in regard to the point guard situation.

    Obviously, A.J. won't shoot that well every game, but a game like that could really give him confidence knowing that he's capable of playing so well.

    And I know, this win came against the woeful Clippers, one of the worst teams in the league; but a win is a win... anything that gives the club confidence knowing they can play this well without their All-Star point guard.

     
  • At 9:51 AM, Blogger Spencer said…

    I agree that this game was important for confidence.

    The thing I like about Anthony Johnson is that he's so unlikely. He has this edge because how can you expect an older dude who sells custom stained glass in the off-season to give you a run for your money?

    You just don't. AJ is one of our secret weapons, but we still need starting athleticism at the 1 if we're even gonna make it to round 2 in the playoffs.

     
  • At 10:29 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Yea AJ was fantastic! It's funny and i hate to say this,but without jameer the magic relyed on ball movement,set plays and post ups by MP,rashard and dwight. It made for a very good basketball game execution wise,i'm not sure i've ever seen us execute so well because with jameer in the game we free-lance and he make amazing dribbling plays through and around the defense. Last night without him the magic looked like a well oiled machine. Not spectacular like a jameer lead team,but very efficient and sound like a veteran team. You'll also never hear me say anything negative about hedo's defense either because right now i understand the importance of having a playmaker now that jameer is down,he's to important to loose now so i'll just have to deal with him not being great defensively.

     

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