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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Magic take advantage of tired Jazz in comfortable win

The Magic (49-17) took control of the game from the onset, jumping out to a 14-2 lead, with coach Jerry Sloan getting ejected in the first two and a half minutes, and never let Utah (41-26) get closer than eight points the rest of the way in a 105-87 victory.

The Magic led after one 30-20, and 57-43 at the half. It was 85-67 going into the fourth as the Magic's largest lead of the game was 96-75 before cruising to the final score.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 28 points (10 of 15 field goals), 20 rebounds, 7 turnovers, 3 blocks
Rafer Alston: 16 points (7 of 11 field goals), 6 assists
Anthony Johnson (bench): 14 points (5 of 9 field goals), 5 rebounds
Hedo Turkoglu: 10 points (4 of 10 field goals), 8 assists
Mickael Pietrus (bench): 10 points (3 of 7 field goals)

Utah leading scorers

Carlos Boozer: 23 points, 13 rebounds
Deron Williams: 11 points, 9 assists

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 44.4% (40 of 90) UT 37.2% (32 of 86)
3 PT FG%: ORL 32.4% (11 of 34) UT 9.1% (1 of 11)
FT%: UT 78.6% (22 of 28) ORL 50% (14 of 28)
REB: ORL 60 (18 offensive) UT 44 (12 offensive)
AST/TO: UT 22/11 ORL 22/13

Other game notes and stats:

-The Magic outscored the Jazz 101-65 from the field
-The Jazz bench shot a combined 10 of 35
-Howard committed 7 of the Magic 13 turnovers and shot just 8 of 17 from the free throw line
-Hedo Turkoglu, playing 37 minutes in his first game since Monday, led the Magic with 8 assists
-Rashard Lewis struggled, scoring just 5 points on 2 of 9 shooting, again going without a three point field goal for the second time this week
-Lewis and starting guard Courtney Lee combined for 9 points on 4 of 15 shooting
-The two Magic point guards, Alston and Johnson, combined for 30 points, 7 assists, and 1 turnover
-The two Magic centers, Howard and Marcin Gortat, combined for 36 points and 28 rebounds
-Tyronn Lue and Jeremy Richardson did not see any action for the Magic

With the Boston loss to Milwaukee earlier Sunday, the Magic are now within 1/2 game of the Celtics for the second seed.

The Magic travel to Cleveland Tuesday night.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 10:15 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Good to see the Magic dominating from the start against a really good but tired Jazz team; D12 with the 28/20; Rafer Alston with another solid game, Turk with the 8/0 assist/turnover ratio, along with another solid outing from the bench.

    I'm a little worried about Lewis, as he had his second horrible game this week. He needs a couple good games to get his confidence back.

    The team free throw shooting was lousy also at just 50%, with D12 under 50% from the line; but since they outscored the Jazz by 36 from the field, the free throw shooting didn't matter.

    The Magic creep closer to Boston... a huge back-to-back for the Magic Tuesday and Wednesday against the Cavs and Bucks, respectively.

  • At 10:32 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I'm loving the PG play right now. RA gave me exactly what i asked for in that third quarter with some long passes over the top in transition to dwight and lobs to dwight off of his usual backdoor spin move to get himself free. Their connection is slowly but surely coming around and i think RA is finding out that dwight can get to almost any pass no matter how high it is. Not so worried about rashard because at anytime one outside shot can get him going,we've been handling teams these last couple of games and his offense hasnt been needed/other players have stepped their games up. Rashard will be there when we need him.


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