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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Late season slide continues for Magic in loss to Nets

The Magic officially clinched the third seed in the East with their 103-93 loss to New Jersey. Much as the Knicks did the previous night, the Nets dominated most statistical areas. The Magic found themselves trailing by 15 third quarter points, but were able to cut their deficit to five in the fourth before the Nets pulled away to win in double figures.

To make matters worse for the Magic, who were already without Rashard Lewis, Hedo Turkoglu turned his ankle in the fourth quarter and had to be assisted off the court. J.J. Redick also had to leave the game in the fourth quarter with an injury.

Magic leading scorers

Hedo Turkoglu: 16 points (5 of 8 field goals), 6 rebounds
Tony Battie: 14 points (5 of 10 field goals), 4 rebounds
Mickael Pietrus (bench): 14 points (5 of 13 field goals)
Rafer Alston: 13 points (6 of 13 field goals), 8 assists
Anthony Johnson (bench): 11 points (4 of 9 field goals), 4 assists
Courtney Lee: 10 points (4 of 11 field goals), 3 steals

New Jersey leading scorers

Vince Carter: 27 points, 9 assists
Keyon Dooling: 12 points, 10 assists

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: NJ 54.3% (38 of 70) ORL 45.5% (35 of 77)
3 PT FG%: NJ 55% (11 of 20) ORL 38.9% (7 of 18)
FT%: NJ 84.2% (16 of 19) ORL 55.2% (16 of 29)
REB: ORL 35 (12 offensive) NJ 34 (5 offensive)
AST/TO: NJ 27/14 ORL 22/12

Other game notes and stats:

-Lewis sat out the game due to knee tendinitis; Tony Battie started in his place
-Point guard Devin Harris sat out the game for the Nets, who started three rookies (Ryan Anderson, Brook Lopez, Chris Douglas-Roberts) who combined to score 32 points
-The Nets outshot the Magic by 9 pct points from the field, 16 pct points from three point range, and 29 points from the free throw line
-Dwight Howard scored just 7 points along with 8 rebounds and 4 blocks
-The Nets' starting frontline outscored the Magic starting frontline 49-37

The Magic have two more games remaining to try and get some momentum going into the playoffs, as they travel to Milwaukee Monday night.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 1:12 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Some post-game quotes from the Magic from the NBA.com recap:

    Dwight Howard:

    "I don't know what to call this," Howard said of the team's play. "I just know we have to get out of it soon or we are going to be in trouble come playoff time. We have to do something about this."

    Stan Van Gundy:

    "It was terrible," Van Gundy said after the Magic (58-22) lost their second straight and third in four. "We're playing with no energy and lack of defensive commitment. When you do that you're going to get killed and we got dominated tonight."


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