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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thanks to two upsets, Philadelphia is the Magic opponent for the first round

Two improbable results had to happen in order for the 76ers to grab the sixth seed and a first round playoff matchup with the Magic. The Bulls, who had won 15 of their last 16 home games, had to lose to the sub.-500 Raptors, and the 76ers had to go on the road to beat Cleveland, winners of 39 of 40 home games. Surprise... both results happened. The Raptors beat the flat Bulls 109-98, while the 76ers beat the Cavaliers (who were playing without several regulars, including LeBron James) in overtime 111-110.

Meanwhile, the Magic, who had Dwight Howard and J.J. Redick back but were still without Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu, finally played a good all-around game to break their three game losing streak and ended their season at 59-23 with a convincing 98-73 win over Charlotte.

Magic leading scorers

Tony Battie: 21 points (9 of 16 field goals), 9 rebounds
Mickael Pietrus: 19 points (6 of 16 field goals), 5 assists
Rafer Alston: 15 points (5 of 8 field goals)
Marcin Gortat (bench): 11 points (5 of 9 field goals), 8 rebounds
Dwight Howard: 10 points (4 of 10 field goals), 12 rebounds, 3 blocks

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 45.7% (37 of 81) CHA 35.3% (24 of 68)
3 PT FG%: ORL 43.5% (10 of 23) CHA 16.7% (2 of 12)
FT%: CHA 67.6% (23 of 34) ORL 63.6% (14 of 22)
REB: ORL 45 (11 offensive) CHA 43 (8 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 23/8 CHA 15/12
BENCH: ORL 30 CHA 29

For the complete box score, click here

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