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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Game 5: Magic 91, 76ers 78

Thanks to Dwight Howard's 24 point, 24 rebound performance, the Magic have taken control of the series against Philadelphia with a 91-78 victory, and lead the series 3 games to 2.

The 76ers scored the first six points of the game, but the Magic came back to take a 21-20 lead after one and led 45-39 at the half. The Magic extended their lead to 69-60 at the end of three, and had their largest lead of 82-68 with just over five minutes remaining in the game. Philadelphia scored eight points in a row to get within six with just over three minutes remaining, but the Magic scored 9 of the final 11 points for the final margin.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 24 points (8 of 14 field goals), 24 rebounds, 2 blocks
Rashard Lewis: 24 points (9 of 16 field goals), 4 rebounds
Rafer Alston: 14 points (6 of 14 field goals), 4 assists

Philadelphia leading scorers

Andre Iguodala: 26 points (7 of 17 field goals), 5 rebounds
Andre Miller: 17 points (6 of 15 field goals), 6 assists, 4 steals, 5 turnovers
Willie Green: 16 points (7 of 15 field goals)

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL: 43.4% (33 of 76) PHI 42.6% (29 of 68)
3 PT FG%: ORL 34.8% (8 of 23) PHI 22.2% (4 of 18)
FT%: PHI 80% (16 of 20) ORL 70.8% (17 of 24)
REB: ORL 45 (15 offensive) PHI 33 (4 offensive)
AST/TO: PHI 17/16 ORL 14/14

Other game notes and stats:

-The Magic's Courtney Lee had to leave the game in the first quarter due to an unintentional elbow from Howard and did not return
-J.J. Redick and Marcin Gortat led the reserves with 6 points each; Redick also added 2 assists and 2 steals
-The 76ers' reserves combined to shoot 3 of 9 from the field
-Iguodala and Miller combgined to shoot 13 of 32 from the field
-Hedo Turloglu finished with 9 points on 3 of 14 shooting
-The 76ers' Samuel Dalembert led them with 9 rebounds, but played just 20 minutes due to foul trouble
-Turkoglu and Alston led the Magic in assists with four
-The Magic grabbed 12 more offensive rebounds than they did in Game 4, with Howard getting 10 offensive boards by himself
-Howard received a technical foul in the first quarter for elbowing Dalembert; the 76ers are lobbying for Howard to be suspended for Game 6

Game 6 in Philadelphia will be Thursday night.

For the complete box score, click here

For more postgame coverage, make sure to check out Third Quarter Collapse


  • At 5:23 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Great job by both D12 and Lewis offensively, with Alston also chipping in nicely.

    Another solid team outing defensively, holding the 76ers to 78 points and 42.6% shooting. If the Magic can continue to play that well defensively the rest of the playoffs, they can go a long way.

    The Magic reserves soundly outplayed the 76ers' reserves.

    I honestly don't know if Howard will get suspended for Game 6. His elbow to Dalembert was intentional; we'll see how the league views it.


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