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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Game review: Magic (8-3) 108, Thunder (6-6) 94

The Magic, with Jason Williams starting at the point in place of the injured Jameer Nelson, played arguably their best basketball of the season in the first three quarters on their way to a 30 point lead over Oklahoma City, before the Thunder outscored the Magic by 16 points in the final quarter to make the final score more respectable.

The Thunder had their only leads of the game at 2-0 and 4-2 before the Magic took over. The Magic led after one quarter 28-17 and extended their lead to as many as 20 points in the second quarter before settling for a 61-43 halftime lead. The Magic scored 10 of the first 11 points in the third quarter to put the game away, and had their largest lead of the game at 88-58 after three. The Thunder then outscored the Magic 36-20 in the fourth quarter to account for the final margin.

Magic leading scorers

Vince Carter: 18 points (6 of 13 FGs), 6 rebounds, 2 blocks
Rashard Lewis: 17 points (7 of 16 FGs), 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals
Mickael Pietrus: 14 points (4 of 8 FGs)
Ryan Anderson (bench): 12 points (4 of 11 FGs)
Dwight Howard: 11 points (5 of 7 FGs), 10 rebounds
Marcin Gortat (bench): 10 points (3 of 5 FGs), 2 blocks

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 48.1% (39 of 81) OKC 41.0% (34 of 83)
3 PT FG%: ORL 41.9% (13 of 31) OKC 38.1% (8 of 21)
FT%: OKC 78.3% (18 of 23) ORL 65.4% (17 of 26)
REB: ORL 47 (9 offensive) OKC 42 (5 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 25/13 OKC 18/14

Other game notes and stats:

-Rookie James Harden came off the Thunder bench to lead them in scoring with a career-high 24 points, including 6 of 7 on threes
-The Thunder's leading scorer Kevin Durant was held to just 12 points on 4 of 12 shooting
-The Thunder's starting five combined for just 37 points on 14 of 45 shooting
-Williams, starting for the Magic at PG, scored 4 points in 28 minutes with 5 assists and 1 turnover
-Backup PG Anthony Johnson scored 9 points along with 4 assists
-Howard played less than 18 minutes due to foul trouble
-Both Matt Barnes and Brandon Bass did not see action until the fourth quarter
-Pietrus and Lewis were the only Magic players to play more than 30 minutes
-The Magic remain a game behind Atlanta (10-2) in the SE

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


  • At 4:37 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Great performance by the Magic for 3 quarters; nice, balanced scoring.

    Rashard Lewis is starting to round into form already.

    Jason Williams, in his first start at PG, was steady with 5 assists and just 1 turnover. Even though he didn't score much, he took good care of the ball and ran the offense well. Anthony Johnson did a nice job also as the backup PG.

    Another positive for the Magic... no one else got injured!

    Big test coming up Friday against Boston.

  • At 3:57 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Yea probably the best defense we've played all year. Rashard just makes us so much better defensively and last night we saw him play some SF and play really well. I love when we have a playmaker at the PG,the ball seems to move so nicely on the offensive end.


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