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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Magic struggle mightily in narrow win over Grizzlies

Despite scoring a season-low ten points in the third quarter and trailing Memphis by eight entering the final quarter, the Magic were able to turn things around offensively in the fourth and outscored Memphis 26-15 to win 81-78.

The Grizzlies led 24-19 after one and 46-45 at the half, before things really got ugly for the Magic in the third quarter, as they shot just 4 of 19 from the field en route to scoring the ten third quarter points before turning things around in the fourth.

Magic leading scorers

Hedo Turkoglu: 20 points (8 of 16 field goals), 7 assists
Dwight Howard: 14 points (5 of 11 field goals), 13 rebounds
J.J. Redick (bench): 9 points (3 of 5 field goals)

Memphis leading scorers

Rudy Gay: 18 points, 6 rebounds
O.J. Mayo/Mike Conley: 17 points

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 43.1% (31 of 72) MEM 42.6% (29 of 68)
3 PT FG%: ORL 19.0% (4 of 21) MEM 9.1% (1 of 11)
FT%: ORL 71.4% (15 of 21) MEM 70.4% (19 of 27)
REB: MEM 41 (10 offensive) ORL 32 (7 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 19/12 MEM 7/14

Other game stats and notes:

-Anthony Johnson missed his second consecutive game, while former Magic Darko Milicic missed the game for Memphis
-Howard and Turkoglu scored 34 of the starters' 49 points for the Magic
-Lewis, Alston, and Lee combined for 15 points on 5 for 19 shooting
-The Grizzlies' starting guards, Conley and Mayo, outscored the Magic starting guards 34-9
-In addition to Redick, Tony Battie scored 8 points, Tyronn Lue 7 points, and Marcin Gortat 6 points in reserve
-The Magic reserves combined to shoot 13 of 26 from the field
-Mickael Pietrus returned back to the rotation, and scored 2 points with 5 rebounds with a block in 15 minutes
-The Grizzlies had only 7 assists on 29 field goals, with no player having more than 2 assists
-Turkoglu had 7 assists to lead the Magic

The Magic remain a game behind Boston with four games remaining, as the Celtics beat New Jersey.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 4:50 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    What a pitiful game. Thankfully the Grizzles were worse. These are the kind of games against the bottom feeders the Magic use to lose. It is nice to see though, that we can toughen up enough to get a win in these types of games..

    I think the guys are looking ahead to the playoffs. This past week they just seem to be bored and going through the motions. Hopefully when they playoffs roll around they will be energized.

  • At 5:06 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    You said it, Ken. It's hard to believe this was the same Magic team who looked like world-beaters over Cleveland last week.

    The Magic's significant talent advantage and experience took over in the fourth, and the Magic were able to do what was necessary for the win.

    The Magic's remaining four games are against teams under .500 and out of the playoff race, except for Charlotte, who still has a slight chance, but by the time the Bobcats play the Magic, they could be eliminated, too.


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