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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Magic continue poor play with surprising loss to Knicks

For all intents and purposes, the Magic can forget about the number two seed in the East now, as New York (who were 11 point underdogs) came into Orlando and outscored the Magic in the second half 54-42, and bested the Magic in most statistical areas on their way to the 105-95 upset win. Boston beat Miami and now leads the Magic by two games for the second seed with three games remaining, and holds the tiebreaker advantage.

Magic leading scorers

Hedo Turkoglu: 24 points (7 of 15 field goals), 9 rebounds, 5 assists
Dwight Howard: 16 points (6 of 11 field goals), 14 rebounds, 6 turnovers
Rafer Alston: 14 points (6 of 11 field goals), 5 assists
Rashard Lewis: 13 points (5 of 11 field goals), 5 rebounds, 2 steals
Courtney Lee: 12 points (5 of 11 field goals)

New York leading scorers

Al Harrington: 27 points, 6 rebounds
Wilson Chandler: 22 points, 8 rebounds
David Lee: 20 points, 16 rebounds

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: NY 44.0% (40 of 91) ORL 43.8% (35 of 80)
3 PT FG%: NY 36.4% (8 of 22) ORL 25% (7 of 28)
FT%: NY 73.9% (17 of 23) ORL 69.2% (18 of 26)
REB: NY 49 (13 offensive) ORL 44 (9 offensive)
AST/TO: NY 25/9 ORL 15/13
BENCH: NY 20 ORL 16

Other game notes and stats:

-The Magic used a ten-man rotation, with Anthony Johnson and Tony Battie each scoring six points to lead the Magic reserves
-Other than Battie, the Magic reserves combined to shoot 3 of 17 from the field, including 1 for 9 from three point range
-J.J. Redick went scoreless in nearly 16 minutes, shooting 0 for 7, including 0 for 5 on threes
-The Knicks outscored the Magic from the field 88-77, and attempted 11 more field goals
-The Knicks outshot the Magic from three point range, the free throw line, and outrebounded the Magic in addition to having a superior assist/turnover ratio
-Turkoglu and Alston each had 5 assists to lead the Magic
-Three Knicks' players had 4 assists, while three others had three assists

The Magic are right back in action Saturday night as they try to turn things around as they host New Jersey.

For the complete box score, click here

3 Comments:

  • At 2:29 AM, Blogger Spencer said…

    o god

     
  • At 3:53 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Amazing how fast things change in a week... last Friday the Magic looked like world-beaters against the Cavaliers; just a week later, the Magic look like anything but an elite team in their second loss in three games, and third poor game in a row.

    Certainly it's discouraging, but I don't want to panic. The Magic have picked the wrong time to go into a slump, with the playoffs around the corner and with so much at stake regarding seeding.

    The Magic can still finish 61-21 and go into the playoffs with a little momentum, even though they most likely will have home-court advantage for only one round.

    Hopefully, the real Magic show up Saturday night against New Jersey.

     
  • At 12:43 PM, Anonymous gomezmagic said…

    Well hello gents, i have been crazy busy with work the last month and i havent been able to log on but all has finally slowed down and im back,......but i have been keeping up with our magic tivoing every game.

    Ok well lets start with last night........ what an ugly loss!!! and what made it worse was the horrible comments that were being made by barry on espn2 proclaiming that we wont even makeit out the the first round...phew that just made my stomach swirl!!!!but anywayz last night i felt as if we had no desire to play defense especially late in the game...... the beautiful part about our magic this season was the perfect mixture of a great defensive/offensive scheme. We are great at both but the last three games(hou,mem,ny) we just gave up defensively especially our guards. Yes, the "almighty saviour" rafer alston is one of the main ones when it comes to just allowing to get beat off the dribble and relying on dhoward to clean up his mess but that is what is getting "superman" into foul trouble. SVG mentioned the same thing in the memphis news conference and he is right ......our guards have to play better perimeter defense especially with the playoffs in sight and a likely nemesis named the sixers with a roster full of fast guards that are makinga living off of penetrating and drawing the foul i.e...andre miller, iguodala and young.

    I personally think that the perimeter defense is the major glitch right now besides just being tired. Its obvious that we are wore out right now, you can see it clearly in clee and alot of the younger guys but lets take this next week win at least two out of the three remaining and go into the playoffs refreshed.


    GO magic!

     

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