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Friday, April 03, 2009

Magic sensational in dominant win over Cavaliers

Seven Magic players scored in double figures, led by Rashard Lewis's 22 points, as the Magic gave Cleveland their worst loss of the season 116-87 in a game that saw the Magic lead by as much as 41 points with late in the third quarter.

The Cavaliers had their only lead of the game at 10-9 early in the first, as the Magic went on to a 27-22 lead after one and opened up a 55-38 halftime lead. The Magic then proceeded to blow the Cavaliers out in the third quarter as they outscored them 33-9 in the first nine minutes of the quarter for a 88-47 lead, and held a dominant 92-60 lead going into the fourth quarter. Cleveland never got closer than 26 points in the final quarter.

Magic leading scorers

Rashard Lewis: 22 points (6 of 10 field goals, 5 of 7 field goals)
Dwight Howard: 20 points (8 of 13 field goals), 11 rebounds, 3 blocks
Hedo Turkoglu: 13 points (6 of 7 field goals), 6 assists
Rafer Alston: 11 points (5 of 9 field goals), 10 assists, 4 steals

Cleveland leading scorers

LeBron James: 26 points (7 of 20 field goals), 9 rebounds, 5 assists
Maurice Williams/Zydrunas Ilgauskas 10 points

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 53.7% (44 of 82) CLE 36.9% (31 of 84)
3 PT FG%: CLE 52.9% (9 of 17) ORL 48.1% (13 of 27)
FT%: CLE 88.9% (16 of 18) ORL 15 of 22 (68.2%)
REB: ORL 47 (5 offensive) CLE 44 (8 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 28/8 CLE 14/11

Other game notes and stats:

-The Magic also had a 9-0 advantage on blocked shots
-The Magic outscored the Cavaliers 101-71 from the field
-Tony Battie and Anthony Johnson each scored 10 points to lead the reserves
-Marcin Gortat added 7 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks along with his first career three point field goal late in the game
-Courtney Lee also finished in double figures with 10 points
-Alston had a 10/2 assist/turnover ratio
-The Magic starting frontline combined to shoot 20 of 30 from the field
-Mickael Pietrus continues to struggle offensively off the bench, scoring 3 points on 1 of 7 shooting in nearly 29 minutes, but grabbed 7 boards along with a steal
-Adonal Foyle was the only Magic player not to score

The Magic kept pace with Boston, as they defeated Atlanta 104-92, and remain a game behind the Celtics for the second seed in the East.

The Magic travel to Atlanta Saturday night.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 4:48 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    It should be noted that Dwight Howard called for a players-only meeting on Thursday. Great move... it worked wonders against Cleveland. After the less-than-mediocre effort against the Raptors, what a complete turnaround against the Cavaliers!

    You knew it had to be the Magic's night when Anthony Johnson banks in a three pointer from the corner.

    Outstanding effort from the bench after not doing well for several games.

    Great ball movement by the Magic with 28 team assists, and only 8 turnovers also!

    Nice to see Rashard Lewis shooting well again (great news about his little daughter recovering from the serious virus she had; I'm sure that's a load off Rashard's mind).

    A real team effort for sure, in which so may players contributed to this stunning win over the league's best team record-wise.

  • At 11:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Very Good win for The magics...I`m a lakers fan but i have to say the media is trying to make le-looser the biggest thing of the NBA...and he is not believe that...I only got one thing to say yyyoooooouuuuuu!!!! Superman baby....


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