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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Game review: Magic (14-4) 114, Knicks (3-14) 102

Three players scored over 20 points for the Magic, led by Rashard Lewis's season high 26 points, as the Magic were able to break open a close game at halftime. This was the final game of a 4 games in 5 nights stretch by the Magic, and they finished 3-1 in that stretch.

Neither team had more than a 5 point lead in the first quarter which ended with a 31-29 Magic lead. The Knicks led by as many as 6 points in the second quarter, but the Magic came back to take a 54-52 halftime lead. The Magic extended their lead to as much as 11 points in the third quarter and led 82-73 at the end of three. The Knicks made a final run to cut the Magic lead to 92-86 with just over 6 minutes remaining, but the Magic got the lead back up to 14 with just over 3 minutes remaining to seal the win.

Magic leading scorers

Rashard Lewis: 26 points (8 of 15 FGs), 8 rebounds
Dwight Howard: 24 points (8 of 9 FGs), 16 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks
Vince Carter: 23 points (9 of 20 FGs)
Ryan Anderson (bench): 12 points (5 of 12 FGs)

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 50.6% (42 of 83) NYK 50.6% (42 of 83)
3 PT FG%: NYK 39.1% (9 of 23) ORL 34.2% (13 of 38)
FT%: NYK 69.2% (9 of 13) ORL 54.8% (17 of 31)
REB: ORL 47 (11 offensive) NYK 37 (3 offensive)
AST/TO: NYK 21/9 ORL 16/9

Other game notes and stats:

-Five Knicks scored in double figures, led by Nate Robinson's 24 points off the bench and 20 points, 12 rebounds from David Lee
-The Magic's Jason Williams handed out 8 assists with only 1 turnover
-Knicks' starting guard Larry Hughes shot just 1 of 9 from the field
-Howard and Carter combined to make just 12 of 24 FTs
-The Magic frontline (Pietrus, Lewis, Howard) combined to shoot 19 of 29
-The Magic now lead the SE by 1 1/2 games over Atlanta, and lead Boston by 1/2 game for the best record in the East

Here is the complete box score from espn.com


  • At 4:13 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Nice to see Rashard Lewis getting it all together on offense. Good news for the Magic.

    The Magic did things pretty well against the Knicks, except for free throw shooting.

    I'm very happy with the 3-1 outcome on this 4 games in 5 nights stretch; I didn't think the Magic would win 3 games in a row following the collapse against Miami.

    Remember Darko Milicic? I didn't even realize he's on the Knicks now; he didn't play against the Magic, and he barely plays, period.

    His career has really gone downhill since leaving the Magic.

  • At 12:32 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Otis Smith killed whatever was left of the kid after an encouraging last year in Orlando which could have turned it around for him. Well, not all players are mentally strong but I expect Darko to come back with strong mentorship from somebody; who? I don't know.

  • At 1:14 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Good win for the magic. I like the fact that SVG is getting the ball to dwight in different spots and not just settling for the traditional post up. He's able to shoot or pass with minimal dribble's and not get it stripped. Darko? He's done!

  • At 7:08 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I expect Darko to go back to Europe and play the first chance he gets.

    I feel bad for him, as he showed glimpses that he could be a very good, solid NBA player the two seasons he was with the Magic. He had a nice outside touch for a big man, and he blocked a lot of shots on defense.

    Matt mentioned the mental toughness as possibly being a factor, and that could be true; it sure didn't work out for Darko in Memphis and now in New York.


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