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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Magic take care of business against Raptors

Toronto played probably their best game of the year last month in beating the Magic on a Sunday afternoon, but on this Sunday afternoon it was all Magic.

The Raptors never led, as the last tie of the game was at 33 all before the Magic took a 53-47 lead going into the half. The Magic then blew things open in the third quarter, outscoring Toronto 34-18, as they took a 87-65 lead into the fourth. The Magic's largest lead was 113-88 before the Raptors made the final basket to make the final 113-90 Magic.

Update: Chris Bosh is said to unhappy in Toronto and has told his GM he won't resign there in 2010 according to ESPN...

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 29 points (11 of 19 field goals), 14 rebounds
Mickael Pietrus (bench): 22 points (8 of 17 field goals), 5 rebounds
Jameer Nelson: 18 points (6 of 11 field goals), 10 assists, 8 rebounds
Rashard Lewis: 15 points (5 of 13 field goals), 7 rebounds

Toronto leading scorers

Jose Calderon: 16 points, 6 assists
Joey Graham (bench): 14 points, 12 rebounds

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 44.8% (39 of 87) TOR 40.7% (35 of 86)
3 PT FG%: ORL 43.3% (13 of 30) TOR 2 of 11 (18.2%)
FT%: TOR 94.7% (18 of 19) ORL 75.9% (22 of 29)
REB: ORL 49 (10 offensive) TOR 44 (6 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 21/9 TOR 16/10

Other game notes and stats:

-Chris Bosh, who usually has great games against the Magic, scored just 11 points on 4 of 11 shooting along with 9 rebounds
-Bosh, Andrea Bargnani, and Jermaine O'Neal combined to score just 31 points on 10 of 33 shooting
-Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu both had sub-par games, scoring a combined 26 points on 8 of 24 shooting
-The Magic starting frontline outscored the Raptors' starting frontline 55-30
-The Magic starters outscored the Raptors' starters 84-50
-Jameer Nelson came within two assists of having a triple-double
-Keith Bogans and J.J. Redick did not see any action
-Four Magic starters had a +/- rating of +30 or over

The Magic don't gain any ground on Boston, as they already won today; they could gain ground on Cleveland, pending the outcome of their game at Detroit today.

The Magic fly home from Toronto to take on the Dallas Mavericks at Amway Arena Monday night.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 3:34 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Even with the sub-par games from Turk and Lewis, the Magic still were able to win handily, thanks to Nelson, Howard, and Pietrus having such outstanding games.

    Go figure... last month, the Raptors didn't have O'Neal or Jose Calderon, yet played their best game of the year in beating the Magic. Sunday, they had everyone healthy, but looked a heck of a lot worse than last month. Bosh was really no factor, which is surprising, seeing how many monster games he's had against the Magic.

    Tough game against the Mavericks Monday night.

    Enjoy the Super Bowl!

  • At 6:38 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Very solid win! We dont play well there and toronto doesnt look like the same team without ford pushing the tempo,i'm glad the magic took them seriously throughout.

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