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Friday, May 01, 2009

Game 6: Magic 114 76ers 89

Hardly anyone gave the Magic a chance to win Game 6, with Dwight Howard being suspended and Courtney Lee injured. As it turned out, the Magic played their best game of the series, as six players scored in double figures, as the Magic never trailed after falling behind briefly 5-2 and cruised to a 114-89 win to eliminate Philadelphia.

The Magic led 30-19 at the end of one quarter and 62-48 at the half. The Magic maintained their lead at 87-72 going into the fourth and blew the game wide-open in the fourth on the way to the final score.

Hedo Turkoglu picked up two technical fouls and was ejected in the fourth quarter after a skirmish with the 76ers' Samuel Dalembert.

Magic leading scorers

Rashard Lewis: 29 points (11 of 22 field goals), 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks
Rafer Alston: 21 points (8 of 16 field goals), 10 assists, 3 steals
J.J. Redick: 15 points (5 of 7 three point field goals), 4 assists
Mickael Pietrus (bench): 14 points (5 of 10 field goals), 4 rebounds
Hedo Turkoglu: 12 points (5 of 8 field goals), 5 assists
Marcin Gortat: 11 points (5 of 8 field goals), 15 rebounds, 4 steals

Philadelphia leading scorers

Andre Miller: 24 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists
Andre Iguodala: 20 points, 6 assists, 3 steals

Overall Game Statistics:

FG%: ORL 53.7% (44 of 82) PHI 40.8% (31 of 76)
3 PT FG%: ORL 46.2% (12 of 26) PHI 35% (7 of 20)
FT%: PHI 80% (20 of 25) ORL 70% (14 of 20)
REB: ORL 41 (12 offensive) PHI 36 (12 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 31/14 PHI 17/17
BENCH: ORL 26 PHI 25

Other game notes and stats:

-The Magic outscored the 76ers 100-69 from the field
-Redick started in place of Lee, and Gortat started in place of Howard and combined for 26 points on 10 of 17 shooting
-The Magic used an eight-man rotation, with Pietrus, Anthony Johnson, and Tony Battie combining for 26 points on 10 of 19 field goals along with 11 rebounds and 5 assists off the bench
-Only Johnson failed to shoot at least 50% from the field for the Magic, but he contributed 5 points and 5 assists
-Alston had a 10/1 assist/turnover ratio
-Only Miller (7 of 13) for the 76ers shot at least 50%
-Iguodala and Miller combined to score 44 of the 64 points by the 76ers' starters
-The other three 76ers' starters, Young, Dalembert, and Green combined for 20 points on 10 of 28 shooting
-The 76ers' reserves combined to shoot 7 of 19

The Magic get to rest up for several days, as they will play the winner of the Chicago/Boston series, which is going down as one of the most incredible series in NBA playoff history. The Bulls won a wild Game 6 in triple overtime 128-127 Thursday night to force a Game 7 Saturday in Boston.

For the complete box score of the Magic/76ers, click here

For a column by Mike Freeman of cbssports.com, which completely disses the Magic, click here

6 Comments:

  • At 1:31 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    From the NBA.com recap, here's what the 76ers' Andre Miller had to say:

    "They're actually better without Dwight Howard," Sixers guard Andre Miller said. "One of their players told me that they were better without Dwight Howard. They said the ball moves quicker. They're not standing around a lot."

    I certainly wouldn't go as far as Miller did saying the Magic are better without D12, but the ball movement was great with 31 team assists, and guys made their shots.

    This was a perfect opportunity for the other guys to step up for the Magic, and they certainly did much more than what was expected of them!

    Great job by Redick and Gortat as starters in place of Lee and Howard, respectively.

    Alston did great running the point, with a brilliant 10/1 assist/turnover ratio, continuing to prove his critics wrong who say that he will eventually hurt the Magic because of selfish play. He's proven to be an outstanding team player in his time with the Magic.

    As for that column by Mike Freeman, he makes one valid point that the Magic will have to play smarter in the next round (it was stupid of Turk to get thrown out; thank goodness the game was well in hand at that time; hopefully, he won't get suspended or anything). Otherwise, that column was a complete joke with all the critical and negative things he wrote about the Magic.

     
  • At 1:40 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    How could I forget to mention Rashard Lewis, who played a brilliant all-around game!

    Someone commented on here the other day that he thought it's really sad to see the way Lewis has played in this series.

    That person looks pretty foolish now.

     
  • At 4:23 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Mike, I could have done without reading that shit article from that assclown Freeman. LOL...

    It just amazes me the lack of respect still continuously shown toward the Magic. We have the most dominant big man currently playing, Jameer Nelson although hurt, still an All Star, Rashard Lewis All Star, and what i feel one of the top 5 rookies in the league in Courtney Lee. Not to mention last years Most Improved Player, the top 3 point shooter in college ball history in Reddick, and Rafer Alston, Pietrus, and one hell of a back up Center with Gortat, oh and a smart, solid veteran with Tony Battie, And clowns like Freeman and others STILL talk shit.. Unfrigginbelievable!!!! And we beat every elite team at least once, most twice.. It boggles the mind.

     
  • At 4:54 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Anyway, What a game huh? I actually felt pretty good about our chances going into this game tonight. Sure we didn't have Dwight and Lee, but Gortat is no slouch and Pietrus was brought in to play the 2 Guard anyway when we found out Courtney Lee developed faster than we hoped.

    I did get a little nervous in the beginning when SVG was called for the Technical in the first few minutes though. But the Magic played like a veteran team. Gortat grabbed offensive rebounds, Reddick hit his 3's and Lewis was unstoppable in the post. I wish Turkglu could have been on the floor a little longer, but i think he showed some toughness tonight that I personally didn't think he had. He wasn't about to be pushed around by Dalembert or anyone else. But it did suck that he got ejected. And Rafer with 10 Assists and only one turnover, what more could anyone ask of him? Super job.

    On to Round 2!!

     
  • At 12:22 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Guys: congrats to everybody. I said all along that PHI cannot beat the Magic in a best of 7 series. Now let's watch BOS and CHI beat each other down. I am hoping for CHi's win so that we could have home court advantage.

    GO MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • At 5:47 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Ken, I put that link for Freeman's column in so we could all get a good laugh reading it!

    Matt, I'm rooting also for the Bulls to pull off the upset in Game 7 over Boston, so I could get tickets to see the Magic and Bulls at the United Center!

     

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