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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Magic overcome career night from Wade to romp over Heat

Seven Orlando Magic players scored in double figures, led by Dwight Howard's 32 points and 17 rebounds, which was well than more enough to overcome Dwyane Wade's career-high 50 points, as the Magic led from start to finish in a 122-99 rout over Miami. Rafer Alston made his first start with the Magic and had another successful game with 12 points and nine assists.

The Magic started out quickly, scoring 39 first quarter points to lead 39-24 after one and had their largest lead of the game at 62-37 in the second quarter before going into the half with a 64-46 lead. The Heat were able to cut their deficit to as little as 11 points at 72-61 in the third, but could get no closer as the Magic led 91-72 going into the fourth, and cruised the rest of the way.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 32 points (11 of 14 field goals), 17 rebounds
Hedo Turkoglu: 20 points (6 of 9 field goals), 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 turnovers
Rashard Lewis: 18 points (6 of 10 field goals), 7 rebounds
Courtney Lee: 14 points (4 of 7 three point field goals)

Miami leading scorers

Dwyane Wade: 50 points (17 of 30 field goals), 5 rebounds, 5 assists
Michael Beasley: 14 points

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 54.7% (41 of 75) MIA 41.6% (37 of 89)
3 PT FG%: ORL 53.1% (17 of 32) MIA 28.6% (6 of 21)
FT%: MIA 95% (19 of 20) ORL 76.7% (23 of 30)
REB: ORL 53 (10 offensive) MIA 28 (7 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 22/17 MIA 14/5

Other game notes and stats:

-Mickael Pietrus was not active for the game due to his sore wrist; Courtney Lee started at shooting guard once again
-Anthony Johnson with 12 points and J.J. Redick with 10 points led the Magic reserves
-The Magic starting frontline dominated the Heat starting frontline 70-13, and outrebounded them 33-11
-Even with Wade's 50 points, the Magic starters outscored the Heat starters 96-65
-Other than Wade, the four other Miami starters combined to score 15 points on 6 for 25 shooting
-Wade made 17 of Miami's 37 field goals
-Alston had 7 of his assists in the first quarter, and now has an outstanding 17/5 assist/turnover ratio in his two games with the Magic
-Lewis and Turkoglu combined for 38 points, 16 rebounds, and 8 assists

The Magic travel to Chicago Tuesday to play the Bulls.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 11:31 AM, Anonymous gomezmagic12 said…

    Well Hello,
    I am new to the whole blogging thing but am a huge orlando magic fan, having grown up in the kissimmee area, but currently in the DC area. Ive read a bunch of blogs but this one seems like one of the best and filled with people that KNOw what they are talking about when it comes to the Magic. But Anyways,

    Wow! what a change of winds it has been for the magic since RA came over from Houston! So far from what i have seen he looks comfortable in the offense and is even playing halfway descent defense which is something he hasnt done alot of in his career. Obviously there is still a long way to go before we get to where we are at it at one point this season but man, it looks a whole hell of alot better. RA is pushing the ball up that floor faster than even jameer did but is still having some struggles turning the ball over, but like i said those mistakes will get fixed over time as he starts to familiarize himself more and more with offense.

    Well and about last night, what a great home win against an overachieving Miami Heat team that no one wants a part of, mainly because of a little guy named dwyane wade, i have to say he went off last night with his 50 pts but his team lend him no help whatsoever. The rookie Courtney Lee played a good game offensively hitting a couple of threes and finding a couple of wide open opportunities for redick, turk and lewis, but defensively we have to be honest and realize that DWade schooled the rookie inside and out but i love it, because lee is a non stop kinda guy he was up for the challenge and maybe didnt deliver this time but you already know that he will contain him next time cause that's what the rook has been showing all season long!!! Not to mention the fact that besides Howard he could very easily be our 2nd best defensive player!! Lot of promise with Lee!!

    Not a whole lot of negative points that i seen other than the MP injury, can this guy please stay healthy for more than 6 games at time?? Oh, and i have a feeling that turk is not 100% healthy and is just trying to ride it out for the money that he can make this offseason, he was slower than usual last night and at one point in the fourth he juked and came up in obvious pain, i dont know it may just be the long season takin a toll on him or it might just be me, but what i know for certain is that we need a healthy turk for the playoffs, to even think of making a run at a conference title. Anyways it has been a pleasure blogging and let me know what you think!

  • At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't understand coach way of using his bench. For one thing way jj redick is playing, I thought if you miss 7 straight shot one night and the game you miss 6 in a row in the next game you would be pulled. Johnson is a half court PG, he's not use to run like Alston so why put him in to slow down the pace. Why bring T-lue in to sit on the bench when we know he can run the court better than Johnson. The majic should run, run, run.

  • At 5:33 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    gomezmagic12, welcome to the blog and thanks for the kind words... thanks for stopping by! Feel free to add your comments anytime.

    Some good comments from you... let me address them.

    -Rafer Alston... yes, what a difference with him on the floor; he has 17 assists in 2 games. he did have 4 turnovers yesterday, but I'll take a 9/4 assist/turnover ratio. In two games, his assist/turnover ratio is 17/5, and in his last two games with Houston, it was 24/3!

    -The Miami game Sunday night... as far as I'm concerned, DWade can score 50 pts every game as long as the Magic win, let alone by 23 points. Courtney Lee has nothing to be ashamed of being schooled by Wade. This is a great learning experience for him.

    -Hedo Turkoglu... it's been so nice to see him back to his usual effective self on offense the last two games with Alston running the point. Turk had really struggled with his shot the previous 6 games or so before Alston got here. Turk probably is a little banged up, but he will play through it, just as long as he's effective, like he's been the last two games.

    -Mickael Pietrus... you're right, we need him to stay healthy for a long period of time. When he's on his game, with his slashing and cutting to the basket and hitting threes, he is indeed a weapon. When he's just putting up threes though, and forgets about driving to the hoop, that's not helping the Magic too much, especially when he's misfiring on the threes.

  • At 5:42 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Anonymous, in regard to your post, don't forget that J.J. Redick hit that huge three pointer last Tuesday against Charlotte to tie the game in the final ten seconds and send it to OT, where the Magic won.

    Sure, he's been cold the last two games, but he's a pure shooter, and will snap out of it sooner rather than later.

    I thought Anthony Johnson did very well off the bench against the Heat, scoring 12 points. Obviously, he's not as quick as Alston (Johnson even admitted as much), but as long as he can come in and give Alston a break, hit a few shots, and not turn the ball over, I think most Magic fans can live with that.

    As for Tyronn Lue, it looks like he's going to get a lot of DNP-CDs with Alston the starter and A.J. the main backup at the point; we'll have to see how SVG handles Lue's playing time.

  • At 1:11 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Welcome to the blog gomez!


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