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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Game review: Magic (11-3) 104, Raptors (6-8) 96

Vince Carter returned to where he started his pro career and led all scorers with 24 points and four other Magic players scored in double figures as the Magic overcame a double digit second quarter deficit to Toronto extending their winning streak to five games.

Both teams traded the lead early before the Raptors took a 28-22 lead after one quarter. The Raptors had their largest lead of the game at 35-24 early in the second quarter before the Magic went on a 21-7 run to take a three point lead before settling for a 50-49 halftime advantage. The Magic led by as much as seven points in the third quarter before the Raptors scored 11 out of 13 points to take back the lead, but the Magic tied the game at 76 entering the fourth. The Magic opened up a 13 point lead with under six minutes remaining in the game, but the Raptors made one more run to cut the Magic lead to six but could get no closer.

Magic leading scorers

Vince Carter: 24 points (9 of 24 FGs), 8 rebounds
J.J. Redick (bench): 19 points (6 of 10 FGs), 5 assists
Dwight Howard: 17 points (4 of 13 FGs), 12 rebounds
Jason Williams: 16 points (5 of 9 FGs), 5 rebounds, 2 steals
Rashard Lewis: 11 points (4 of 12 FGs)

Overall game statistics:

FG%: TOR: 44.2% (34 of 77) ORL 41.0% (34 of 83)
3 PT FG%: TOR 37.5% (6 of 16) ORL 28.1% (9 of 32)
FT%: TOR 78.6% (22 of 28) ORL 77.1% (27 of 35)
REB: ORL 46 (14 offensive) TOR 43 (8 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 19/7 TOR 19/9

Other game notes and stats:

-Chris Bosh led the Raptors with 22 points
-Former Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, but shot just 3 of 11
-Three other Raptors scored in double figures, including Amir Johns0n's 14 points off the bench
-Jarret Jack led the Raptors with 11 assists off the bench
-For the second straight game, Brandon Bass was the only active Magic player to not play, while Matt Barnes played just 3 minutes
-Lewis and Carter combined to shoot 0 for 11 on three pointers for the Magic
-The Magic are now tied with Atlanta for the SE division lead, and the best record in the East, at 11-3

Here is the complete recap and box score from nba.com


  • At 10:11 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Another nice road win against an Eastern Conference contender.

    Nice showing by the bench, especially Redick.

    Jason Williams can still score, as he proved, and he did his usual fantastic job taking care of the ball with 0 TOs.

    The whole team took great care of the ball, with just 7 TOs, compared to 21 TOs in Boston, and did a much better job of shooting FTs than they did in Boston.

    Tough schedule upcoming this week for the Magic!

  • At 3:19 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    I actually feel pretty comfortable with JWill playing the point.. I know age isn't exactly on his side, but you can't beat all his experience..
    So what do you guys think of the kinder.. softer SVG?

  • At 6:41 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I like the fact that Stan Van Gundy wanted to meet with Dwight Howard to get feedback as to why the Magic hadn't been playing with their usual energy, especially on defense.

    Howard told Van Gundy what was wrong, that part of the problem was Van Gundy's negativity. SVG agreed and vowed to change, so I think it's a good thing for both the team and the coach.

    Van Gundy is still a good motivator and a good schemer when it comes to game plans; that won't change.

  • At 8:54 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Yea i see no problem with SVG going to his captain and asking him what his thoughts were. Dwight thinks there may be to much negativity and to me thats a reasonable complaint,SVG has to be able to praise as well as constructively criticize so i think it was good for dwight to bring it to his attention. Now im not so sure that we'll have a nicer,kinder SVG i just think he'll tell the guys when they're doing a good job a little more.


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