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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Opening night: Magic 120, 76ers 106

The game was nowhere near as close as the final score might indicate, as the Magic, thanks to great long-range accuracy and six players in double figures, enjoyed a 31 point bulge early in the fourth quarter before taking their foot off the accelerator and cruised the rest of the way to a 120-106 victory over Philadelphia.

The 76ers went on a 14-2 first quarter run for their largest lead of the game at 24-19; the Magic led after one 29-27 before taking over the game in the second quarter. The Magic scored 41 second quarter points on 15 of 20 FG shooting and 6 of 9 shooting from three point range to take a 70-47 halftime lead. The Magic continued to extend their lead in the second half, leading 100-69 after three and still led 114-85 with five minutes remaining before the 76ers went on a final 21-6 run to cut their final deficit to 14 points.

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 55.6% (45 of 81) PHI 50% (39 of 78)
3 PT FG%: ORL 55.2% (16 of 29) PHI 38.9% (7 of 18)
FT%: ORL 82.4% (14 of 17) PHI 70% (21 of 30)
REB: ORL 37 (8 offensive) PHI 34 (8 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 28/17 PHI 19/13
BENCH: PHI 55 ORL 48

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 21 points (9 of 11 FGs), 15 rebounds
Ryan Anderson: 16 points (4 of 7 3 PT FG), 5 rebounds
Vince Carter: 15 points (3 of 5 3 PT FG)
Jason Williams (bench): 15 points (3 of 4 3 PT FG), 5 assists
Mickael Pietrus: 13 points (2 of 4 3 PT FG)
J.J. Redick (bench): 10 points (2 of 4 3 PT FG), 4 assists

Other game notes and stats:

-Marreese Speights led the 76ers with 26 points off the bench
-Only one 76ers' starter, Louis Williams with 18 points, scored in double figures
-The other four 76ers' starters combined for just 33 points on 12 of 35 FG shooting
-Jameer Nelson led the Magic with six assists, along with two steals
-No Magic starter played more than 30 minutes
-Jason Williams had all 15 points in the first half
-Howard was the only Magic player to miss a free throw
-Only Anthony Johnson did not score for the Magic; everyone else scored at least 7 points
-Seven Magic players made a three pointer
-Only Matt Barnes (1 of 3) shot under 50% from long range for the Magic

For the complete box score and recap from nba.com, click here

5 Comments:

  • At 4:30 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Wow, what a performance by the Magic, especially on the offensive end!

    I'm sure SVG won't be too happy with the 106 points or the 37 fourth quarter points given up by the Magic, but the Magic showed how much offensive potential they have with their marksmanship from long range, with 7 different players hitting threes.

    Considering there's five new guys on the team, the chemistry looks really good on the team!

    There's so many different lineups that Van Gundy can use, depending on the matchups with the opposing team, and how things are going during the course of the game.

    The Magic have the depth this season at every position, something they didn't have last season.

    Kudos to the front office for spending the money to improve the team to make it a legit title contender.

     
  • At 4:40 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    This was the first chance I had to see any of our new players actually play.. Like Mike said, Wow!.. After all the new talent Orlando got over the summer, I still can't believe that all the talking morons can discuss is how we let Hedo go. Unbelievable.. That's ok.. Let them continue to wet themselves over the cav's and celtics..We'll just keep winning games.

     
  • At 7:30 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I'll accept 22 points and 11 assists from the point guard position every game!

     
  • At 2:13 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    WOW is right mike!!! How can you not have been impressed with the magic up to this point. They look like a juggernaut to me! I really dont see any weaknesses with this team. They arent going to shoot that great every game of course,but adding a guy like vince who gets to the line almost as much as dwight just helps you score that much more on nights when shots arent falling.

     
  • At 2:17 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    This team has it all,and not having hedo dominate the ball is giving our PG's the ability to always handle the ball. Jameer and Jwill are fun to watch in the open floor,and vince did a more than capable job of pushin the ball in transition against philly.

     

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