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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Game 2: Magic 96 76ers 87

This time, the Magic were able to withstand another furious comeback attempt by Philadelphia as the 76ers tried to rally from an 18 point third quarter deficit. The 76ers were able to get no closer than five points in the fourth quarter and six points in the final minute as the Magic, led by Courtney Lee's 24 points, pulled out the must-win 96-87 to tie the series at one.

Magic leading scorers

Courtney Lee: 24 points (10 of 17 field goals), 3 steals
Rashard Lewis: 16 points (4 of 14 field goals), 8 rebounds, 6 assists
Hedo Turkoglu: 16 points (3 of 10 field goals), 6 rebounds, 2 steals
Dwight Howard: 11 points (4 of 6 field goals), 10 rebounds, 4 blocks
Rafer Alston: 11 points (5 of 10 field goals)

Philadelphia leading scorers

Andre Miller: 30 points (12 of 20 field goals), 7 rebounds
Andre Iguodala: 21 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals
Thaddeus Young: 20 points

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: PHI 46.7% (35 of 75) ORL 43.0% (34 of 79)
3 PT FG%: PHI 31.3% (5 of 16) ORL 26.1% (6 of 23)
FT%: ORL 73.3% (22 of 30) PHI 66.7% (12 of 18)
REB: ORL 44 (14 offensive) PHI 37 (9 offensive)
AST/TO: PHI 18/17 ORL 14/14

Other game notes and stats:

-The Magic used a nine-man rotation, with Anthony Johnson leading the reserves with 11 points, along with 4 rebounds
-Miller, Iguodala, and Young combined to score 71 of the 76ers' 87 points
-The rest of the 76ers combined for 16 points on 7 of 26 shooting
-The 76ers' reserves, after scoring a combined 42 points Sunday, combined for just 12 points on 5 of 20 shooting, including 0 for 5 on three pointers
-Howard played 30 minutes before fouling out
-Lewis and Turkoglu combined to shoot just 7 of 24 from the field for 32 points, but combined to make 16 of 19 free throws, along with 14 rebounds and 9 assists
-No Magic player made more than one three point field goal
-The 76ers outscored the Magic 75-74 from the field, but the Magic's 22-12 advantage from the free throw line made the difference in the outcome

Game 3 will be Friday night in Philadelphia with the series tied at one.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 12:09 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    I know a win is a win but, Damn. I would have bet a weeks pay that the Magic would hit the floor last night with more fire and intensity than we have seen in a long time. Instead we got more of what we saw in game 1.

    If it weren't for Courtney Lee and Anthony Johnson the Magic would now be down 0-2. Maybe we have gotten spoiled over the regular season, but the Magic just don't seem to be in Playoff basketball mode.. If Turkglu is posturing for contract negotiations as the Slantinel claims, he isn't making much of a case for himself. Those constand fade-away jumpers are getting annoying and doing little to help the team.

    I'm not impressed at all so far with anything the Magic have done. I think it's sad when the only players who seem to be motivated to win are a rookie and the oldest player on the team. If the Magic don't pick up their intensity, they will be swept in the first round. Where is their passion? And for gods sake keep Reddick off of the floor! Rant over.

  • At 3:33 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Well, at least the Magic won't be swept, as they've won one game now.

    I know Turk and Lewis both have had poor shooting games in both games so far, but at least Wednesday they contributed some rebounds and assists.

    I'd like to see D12 get more than 6 FG attempts in 30 minutes, even if he's being doubled.

    The 76ers made another valiant effort to come back, but they could not play as well as they did Sunday when they had that unbelievable fourth quarter, making 13 of their final 16 shots, and all those three pointers.

    The reserves especially for the 76ers came back down to earth, combining for just 12 points after scoring 42 points Sunday.

    Redick was kept off the floor Wednesday, not seeing any action. It'll be interesting to see if he gets any action in Philly coming up.


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