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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Magic overcome 24 turnovers to come back and beat Suns in fourth

Three Magic players scored over 20 points as the Magic, down three points entering the fourth quarter, outscored Phoenix 33-18 to defeat the Suns for the first time in seven games 111-99.

The Suns led 29-24 after one quarter, and after the Magic went on a 14-2 run to take a 38-31 lead in the second, the Suns came back with a 21-6 run to take a 52-44 lead late in the second, before the Magic tied it at 56 at the half. Phoenix took a 81-78 lead entering the fourth and had their last lead at 91-88 before the Magic outscored the Suns 23-8 the rest of the way to defeat the Suns 111-99.

Magic leading scorers

Rashard Lewis: 29 points (9 of 16 field goals), 12 rebounds, 6 turnovers
Hedo Turkoglu: 22 points (8 of 17 field goals), 6 assists, 6 turnovers
Dwight Howard: 21 points (7 of 14 field goals), 8 rebounds, 5 turnovers
Rafer Alston: 15 points (4 of 12 field goals), 6 rebounds, 6 assists

Phoenix leading scorers

Jason Richardson: 27 points, 6 rebounds
Steve Nash: 20 points, 8 assists, 7 turnovers
Shaquille O'Neal: 19 points, 11 rebounds

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 47.4% (37 of 78) PHO 44.4% (40 of 90)
3 PT FG%: ORL 33.3% (7 of 21) PHO 30.4% (7 of 23)
FT%: ORL 78.9% (30 of 38) PHO 70.6% (12 of 17)
REB: ORL 44 (12 offensive) PHO 43 (13 offensive)
AST/TO: PHO 21/21 ORL 16/24

Other game notes and stats:

-The Suns outscored the Magic 87-81 from the floor, but the Magic used a 30-12 advantage on free throws made for the final margin of victory
-Turkoglu and Lewis combined for 52 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals, but 12 turnovers
-Turkoglu, Howard, and Lewis combined to commit 17 turnovers
-The Magic starting frontline outscored the Suns' starting frontline 72-52
-Grant Hill struggled in his return to Orlando, scoring just 6 points on 3 of 11 shooting
-The Magic used a nine-man rotation, with Marcin Gortat leading the reserves with 8 points, 8 rebounds; J.J. Redick added 7 points, all in the first half; Battie, Lue, and Richardson did not see action
-Mickael Pietrus continues to struggle for the Magic, scoring just 2 points on 1 of 6 shooting, and missing all five three point attempts
-The Suns' bench combined to shoot just 3 of 16 from the field
-Howard and Alson combined to shoot 13 of 21 from the free throw line, the rest of the Magic 17 of 17

The Magic next host the New Jersey Nets on Friday night.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 4:42 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Eight games in a row that the Magic have won with me in attendance! I was so tired, I had to take a three hour nap after I got back from the game, but the outcome was well worth it.

    It was absolutely maddening watching the Magic commit so many silly turnovers, but the Magic forced the Suns to commit 21 of their own.

    Lewis and Turk were the offensive stars for the Magic, hitting clutch shot after clutch shot, with D12 having his usual 20+ point game, and doing a good job of not fouling out after early foul trouble. Nice job by Gortat off the bench also.

    Will post some more thoughts on the game later on Wednesday, but was happy the Magic were able to dominate the fourth quarter and come away with the win. I never would have thought they could win the game with 24 turnovers!

  • At 3:36 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    You turn the ball over 24 times and win means at some point you had to play some defense,the magic did that in the fourth quarter. Mike,we got get you to all the game's. LOL. I thought there were a couple of careless turns but for the most part i liked how the magic tried to push the ball the whole night. MP is a mess right now mentally and i completely understand why. Everytime he goes to the hoop guys undercut him and he falls so hard because he can jump so high,it's leading to injuries to his hands and wrists which have to break the fall. So how do you compensate? Shoot from the outside when open. At some point the jumpers will fall again as MP was our best shooter this season before the first injury,he just has to regain that confidence somehow that he wont get injured if he goes to the basket. Dwight and shaq was a war and fun to watch but if dwight hadnt been in foul trouble his numbers wouldve been better. I called out rafer before the game and he held his own against nash,pushing the ball and finding shooters (mainly rashard) in the fourth was the difference in the game. Him and hedo did a nice job (minus the turns).

  • At 8:45 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Good analysis on Pietrus, Big Figure. The game he scored 27 points against Indiana his first game back from his wrist injury with a variety of nice drives to the basket along with three pointers, is the Pietrus we all want to see, not the Pietrus who is just chucking up three pointers and missing, like he has been lately.

    You're also right about Alston. I didn't say too much about him in my recap, but he played a solid game despite his 33% shooting and 4 turnovers. In addition to what you mentioned, he also did a nice job defensively on Nash, especially in the second half.

    A few other thoughts about the game:

    -I had a pretty good seat in Section 106, Row EE, behind the basket; the game was announced as a sellout, but there were a number of empty seats in the upper bowl, and there were quite a number of empty seats at tipoff
    -it was an exciting game to watch, with all the lead changes; the fans really got into the game at times, especially late when the Magic pulled away, but I sat next to a Suns' fan and there was also another Suns' fan in front of me

    I'm going with my sister to the Nets/Magic game Friday, and am going next week to the Bulls/Magic; I have a floor seat between the basket and the Magic bench, so I'm looking forward to that, and hopefully the Magic can keep up their streak of winning with me in attendance.

  • At 8:39 AM, Anonymous gomezmagic12 said…

    Well i know that i am a whole day late but i had some work issues that i had to tend to, so here go......

    Great Win for OUR magic against a team that still has not yet found its identity without amare and in the run and gun. Yes the suns have looked better as of late but they are not the suns of old that would score between 25-30 ppq and run you off the court. Now, i know Shaq has had a great week and that they are on their winning ways since Gentry took over but they are being slowed down defensively by the Shaqdaddy!! My theory is proven by the fact that he has been in foul trouble every game since the gentry takeover except the 2nd clippers game when randolph stepped out and shot 20 footers all game. Fouling out 2 out the last 3 games. He doesnt get back on time and commits fouls by reaching in or just trying to outpower other centers who still have lungs. But anywayz gents, i know this isnt a suns blog so im going to move on.

    A sloppy game but a good win at home. Rlewis and Turk, there really aint much too say other than WOW!! That is what we need from them night in and night out!!!
    Is it me or does turk just hit big shot after big shot, he is really playing well!!!!

    Negatives like mike mentioned the silly turnovers!!!! and big fugure i can agree with your theory on MP but it still dont take from the fact that he needs to get it together for the playoffs!!! and lets not forgot that if we want a shooter we have the best shooter in college basketball history on the bench!!!!

    Hey mike if you make it through all this games that you are at undefeated me and all the men from this blog will go in and buy you season tix so that we wont be so stressed out!!Jp!!!LOL!!!!
    New jersey on friday night!!


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