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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Howard reaches milestone in Magic victory over Heat

On the night Miami retired Alonzo Mourning's uniform number and jersey, the Magic spoiled the party for the Heat, as Dwight Howard became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 5000 rebounds, and the Magic were able to withstand 42 points from Dwyane Wade to win 101-95.

The Heat started out leading 21-18, but the Magic scored 14 points in a row to span the first and second quarters to lead 32-21. Miami cut their deficit to 46-43 at the half. The Magic led by a slim 70-69 margin entering the fourth quarter. Miami wound up taking the lead 92-91 with under 3 minutes remaining, but the Magic scored six points in a row to lead 97-92, and they were able to make their free throws late in a 101-95 victory.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 22 points (8 of 11 field goals), 18 rebounds, 5 turnovers
Rashard Lewis: 21 points (8 of 12 field goals, 5 of 6 three point field goals)
Hedo Turkoglu: 16 points (5 of 10 field goals), 5 assists
Rafer Alston: 13 points (4 of 12 field goals), 7 rebounds, 5 assists
Courtney Lee: 10 points (4 of 7 field goals)

Miami leading scorers:

Dwyane Wade: 42 points (16 of 34 field goals), 4 steals
Mario Chalmers: 13 points, 7 assists, 5 steals

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 50.7% (35 of 69) MIA 45.3% (39 of 86)
3 PT FG%: ORL 52.6% (10 of 19) MIA 33.3% (4 of 12)
FT%: ORL 77.8% (21 of 27) MIA 61.9% (13 of 21)
REB: ORL 42 (7 offensive) MIA 34 (10 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 20/21 MIA 19/9
BENCH: MIA 21 ORL 19

Other game notes and stats:

-Other than Wade's 42 points, the other Heat starters combined to score 32 points
-Wade made 16 field goals, the other Heat starters combined for 14 made field goals
-Every Magic starter except for Alston shot at least 50% from the field
-The Magic starting frontline outscored the Heat starting frontline 59-19 and outrebounded them 26-14
-The Magic reserves combined to shoot 6 of 17 from the field
-The Heat starting guards outscored the Magic starting guards 55-23
-Mickael Pietrus led the Magic reserves with 8 points along with 4 assists in 31 minutes
-Turkoglu and Alston led the Magic with 5 assists
-The Magic had 16 first-half turnovers

The Magic move percentage points ahead of Boston for the second seed in the East, and are now 55-18.

For the complete box score, click here

2 Comments:

  • At 10:41 AM, Blogger ATHENNIA said…

    HOWARD IS UNBEATABLE. HE IS THE YOUNGEST CENTER AND THE BEST REBOUNDER. IAM SO IMPRESSED WITH HIS SPEED, HIS STRENTH AND HIS BODY. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK HOWARD, SEE YOU GUYS AT THE NBA FINALS THIS YEAR.FOR THE LOVE AND BASKETBALL...ORLANDO WE'RE GOING ALL THE WAY, BABY. FROM YOUR BIGGEST FAN,ATHENNIA.

     
  • At 3:01 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Thanks for checking out the blog and commenting, Athennia; I like your optimism, but the Magic have a tough road ahead of them in the playoffs, as they will have to go through both Boston and Cleveland to get there.

    The Magic franchise and the city of Orlando are very fortunate to have a center of Howard's caliber. It's going to be really fun watching him progress to be even better over the coming years.

    Good win for the Magic on the road over the Heat, on a night where the Magic did not play their best, as indicated by the 21 turnovers.

    However, they outshot the Heat from the field, the three point line, the free throw line, and outrebounded the Heat.

    Balanced scoring from the Magic too, as all five starters scored in double figures.

     

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