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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Game review: Magic (17-4) 97, Clippers (9-12) 86

Dwight Howard celebrated his birthday with one of his best statistical lines of the season as he scored 25 points along with 11 rebounds and a season-high 7 blocks as the Magic held Los Angeles without a field goal for over 7 minutes of the third and fourth quarters. It was the Magic's franchise-record 8th consecutive road win, and 6th win in a row overall.

The Magic started out well in the first quarter, hitting 11 of 16 shots as they led after one 34-24. The Magic led by as much as 44-31 in the second quarter before the Clippers went on a 16-7 run to close the Magic lead to 53-47 at the half. The Clippers were able to take a one point third quarter lead on several occasions, but the Magic led 73-69 going into the fourth. The Magic pulled away and led by 82-71 before the Clippers scored their first field goal of the quarter with under 7 1/2 minutes remaining. The Clippers were unable to come any closer as the Magic led by as much as 91-77 before cruising to the final.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 25 points (7 of 10 FGs), 11 rebounds, 7 blocks, 5 assists, 4 turnovers
Rashard Lewis: 17 points (5 of 11 FGs)
Jason Williams: 16 points (6 of 11 FGs), 3 assists, 0 turnovers
Vince Carter: 13 points (5 of 11 FGs), 6 rebounds, 5 assists

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 45.1% (32 of 71) LAC 40.0% (34 of 85)
3 PT FG%: ORL 41.2% (14 of 34) LAC 35.3% (6 of 17)
FT%: ORL 76% (19 of 25) LAC 63.2% (12 of 19)
REB: ORL 44 (7 offensive) LAC 38 (9 offensive)
AST/TO: LAC 23/13 ORL 22/17

Other game notes and stats:

-Five Clippers scored in double figures, led by Eric Gordon with 21 points; Baron Davis had a double/double of 18 points, 11 assists but shot just 7 of 19
-Marcus Camby of the Clippers led all rebounders with 13 and added 3 blocks
-Ryan Anderson and Anthony Johnson led the Magic bench with 6 points apiece
-Matt Barnes did not score in 26 minutes and shot 0 for 6, but had 7 rebounds and a steal
-The Magic bench combined to shoot 6 of 21 from the field, and just 2 of 11 on threes
-Brandon Bass did not play for the Magic
-Howard, Lewis, and Williams combined for 58 points on 18 of 32 FG shooting
-The Clippers missed 11 consecutive shots bridging the third and fourth quarters, and committed 4 turnovers in that span
-Other than Howard, the other four Magic starters combined to shoot 12 of 22 on threes
-The Magic remain tied with Boston for the top spot in the East, and now lead Atlanta by 2 1/2 games in the SE

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


  • At 1:56 PM, Blogger Doolz said…

    The Magic are now tied with Boston for the best record in the East. It is great to see Dwight get back to his defensive intensity. Check out http://www.doolzdoubledribble.blogspot.com

  • At 7:17 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    It was especially encouraging to see the 7 blocked shots from D12, because he has been down in that category since last season.

    Real good efforts from all the starters.

    The Magic really turned up their defensive intensity late in the third quarter, and that allowed the Magic to pull away.

  • At 7:19 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Congrats to the Magic for setting a new franchise record in consecutive road wins with 8 in a row.

    Their next 2 road games are at two places very tough for the opposition (at Utah and at Phoenix), but I'm confident the Magic can win at least 1 of the 2 games.


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