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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Game review: Magic (8-3) 97, Bobcats (3-7) 91

The Magic welcomed back Rashard Lewis from his 10 day suspension, and also Ryan Anderson after missing several games with a sprained ankle, while Charlotte welcomed newcomer Stephen Jackson and inserted him in the starting lineup after obtaining him in a trade with Golden State earlier in the day. Charlotte hung tough the whole game and came as close as three points in the final two minutes.

In a first quarter that saw several lead changes, the Magic led 25-21 after one. The Magic had their largest lead of the quarter at 31-23 before the Bobcats went on a 25-13 run to go ahead by 4 points before they settled for a 52-50 halftime lead over the Magic, thanks to 59% shooting. The Magic held the Bobcats to 16 third quarter points and led 76-68 after three, then had their largest lead of the game with 10 1/2 minutes remaining at 80-68 in the fourth, but the Bobcats pulled to within 90-87 and had a chance to get within a point with under a minute and a half remaining, but turned the ball over and the Magic were able to finally put the game away.

Magic leading scorers

Jameer Nelson: 16 points (5 of 10 FGs), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals
Vince Carter: 15 points (5 of 12 FGs)
Dwight Howard: 14 points (4 of 5 FGs), 11 rebounds
Ryan Anderson (bench): 12 points (5 of 9 FGs)
Mickael Pietrus: 10 points (3 of 7 FGs), 6 rebounds
Rashard Lewis: 10 points (4 of 15 FGs)
Brandon Bass (bench): 10 points (4 of 8 FGs), 6 rebounds

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: CHA 50.7% (36 of 71) ORL 42.9% (33 of 77)
3 PT FG%: ORL 34.4% (11 of 32) CHA 28.6% (4 of 14)
FT%: ORL 64.5% (20 of 31) CHA 57.7% (15 of 26)
REB: ORL 41 (13 offensive) CHA 34 (4 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 19/13 CHA 17/17

Other game notes and stats:

-The Bobcats' Ronald "Flip" Murray tied a career high with 31 points off the bench on 13 of 21 shooting; Boris Diaw added 21 points
-Jackson scored 13 points in his Bobcat debut with 9 rebounds
-Murray and Diaw combined to shoot 23 of 34; the rest of the Bobcats shot a combined 13 of 37
-Pietrus started at SF along with Lewis at PF
-The Magic made just 3 of their first 16 shots
-Marcin Gortat was unavailable due to the flu
-J.J. Redick played just 6 minutes
-Lewis missed his first 8 shots from the field, and was 0 for 6 on threes
-Howard made 6 of 14 FTs
-The Magic remain a game out of first in the SE after Atlanta's OT win over Portland

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


  • At 1:43 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    It'll be interesting to see how long SVG goes with Pietrus at SF and Lewis at PF as the starters at those respective positions. I guess Van Gundy likes the defense of Pietrus to start out, and the energy and hustle of Barnes coming off the bench, along with Ryan Anderson's scoring off the bench.

    Not exactly an overwhelming win for the Magic, as they could not put Charlotte away until the final 75 seconds.

    It's a work in progress, though, and it'll be a while before Lewis gets all the rust out and the guys get used to their roles and the chemistry on the court between the players gets better.

    The Magic's superiority over Charlotte was able to win out, despite the Magic not playing well.


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