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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Game review: Thunder (3-3) 102, Magic (5-2) 74

The Magic, missing Rashard Lewis (suspension), Vince Carter (ankle), and Ryan Anderson (ankle), were no match for Oklahoma City Sunday night, as the Magic were dominated in virtually every statistical category, in one of their worst losses of the Stan Van Gundy era.

The Magic actually had a decent start, as they led 25-23 after one quarter. They had their largest lead of the game at 33-27 with just under nine minutes remaining in the half before things deteriorated rapidly. The Thunder outscored the Magic 26-11 the rest of the half to lead going into halftime 53-44. The Thunder scored 22 of the first 30 points in the third quarter to put the game away, and led 79-57 after three quarters. The Thunder lead swelled to 33 points in the fourth quarter before the final margin.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 20 points (5 of 10 FGs), 7 rebounds
Mickael Pietrus (bench): 15 points (4 of 9 FGs), 3 steals
Jameer Nelson: 10 points (4 of 10 FGs)

Overall Game Statistics:

FG%: OKC 57.1% (40 of 70) ORL 36.8% (25 of 68)
3 PT FG%: OKC 56.2% (9 of 16) ORL 18.8% (3 of 16)
FT%: OKC 86.7% (13 of 15) ORL 61.8% (21 of 34)
REB: OKC 45 (4 offensive) ORL 30 (9 offensive)
AST/TO: OKC 27/17 ORL 14/15

Other game notes and stats:

-Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 28 points; Russell Westbrook added 17 points along with 10 assists
-Thabo Sefolosha also had a double/double with 13 points, 10 rebounds
-The Magic were outscored from the field 89-53
-The Magic's two centers, Howard and Marcin Gortat combined to shoot 9 of 18 from the field; the rest of the Magic shot 16 of 50
-Pietrus made both his three point attempts; the rest of the Magic shot 1 of 14 from long range
-Four of the Thunder starters shot at least 58% from the field
-J.J. Redick shot just 2 of 11 from the field, missing all 6 of his three point attempts for the Magic

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


  • At 12:55 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Well, just a good old-fashioned beatdown by the Thunder over the Magic, and the Magic couldn't match the effort and execution by the Thunder.

    The Magic haven't had more than one day off between games since the season started; it's not easy going out there with so many different lineups due to the Magic being shorthanded and expecting the Magic to be sharp every game.

    When Lewis returns from his suspension, and Carter and Anderson recover from their ankle injuries, the Magic will be alright.

    Games like this will happen over the course of a long season.

  • At 8:12 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    A post-game quote from coach Stan Van Gundy, taken from Brian Schmitz's post-game recap from the Orlando Sentinel:

    "We are more predicated on shooting, we have no defensive toughness and right now we aren't a very good team," Van Gundy fumed. "The Thunder are much better than us right now. They would have beat us if we had everybody. They would have beat us here or in our place."


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