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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Game review: Magic (15-4) 118, Knicks (4-15) 104

The Magic were able to take advantage of a New York team playing its second game of a back-to-back as the Magic saw six players score in double figures, with double-doubles from Rashard Lewis and Dwight Howard.

The Magic led by as many as 9 points in the first quarter and led after one 31-23. The Knicks came to within 3 points in the second, but the Magic extended their lead to 51-39 at the half. The closest the Knicks got in the second half was 55-48 before the Magic blew the game open, scoring 41 third quarter points, and led by as many as 23 points before settling for a 92-70 lead after three. The Magic led by as many as 24 points in the final quarter before cruising to the final result.

Magic leading scorers

Rashard Lewis: 20 points (6 of 8 FGs), 11 rebounds
Dwight Howard: 19 points (6 of 7 FGs), 10 rebounds
Mickael Pietrus: 17 points (6 of 10 FGs)
Brandon Bass (bench): 17 points (7 of 12 FGs)
Matt Barnes: 12 points (5 of 8 FGs), 2 steals
Vince Carter: 10 points (4 of 14 FGs), 5 assists, 2 steals

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 55.1% (43 of 78) NYK 46.4% (39 of 84)
3 PT FG%: NYK 41.7% (10 of 24) ORL 33.3% (10 of 30)
FT%: NYK 76.2% (16 of 21) ORL 73.3% (22 of 30)
REB: ORL 46 (12 offensive) NYK 36 (13 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 26/19 NYK 15/18

Other game notes and stats:

-Four Knicks' players scored in double figures, led by Wilson Chandler's 24 points and Danilo Gallinari's 20 points
-Nate Robinson, who scored 24 points against the Magic Sunday, did not see action
-Starting point guard Jason Williams contributed 8 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals for the Magic
-Lewis and Pietrus combined to shoot 10 of 15 on threes; the rest of the Magic combined to shoot 0 for 15 from long range
-The Magic starting frontline (Pietrus, Lewis, and Howard) combined to shoot 18 of 25 for 56 points
-The Magic shot 33 of 48 on two point FGs
-The Knicks' starting backcourt (Duhon, Hughes) combined to score just 13 points on 5 of 15 shooting
-Former Magic Darko Milicic once again did not see action
-The Magic remain 1 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta in the SE, and 1 game ahead of Boston for first in the East

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


  • At 4:19 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    So many players contributed to the win. Lewis is getting more and more confident with his shooting. Nice to see Pietrus have a good offensive night also.

    Even Vince Carter, who had a poor shooting night, contributed 5 assists and 2 steals with just 1 turnover.

    Hopefully Van Gundy will try and find more playing time for Brandon Bass. 17 points in 18 minutes is pretty impressive. He gives the Magic a different look when he plays at center because he is so effective at the mid-range jump shot.

  • At 5:38 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    It's hard to understand why D'Antoni did not play Nate Robinson. Not that it would have made a difference in the game, though.

    The matchup was favorable for Bass last night at center, and it was nice to see him take advantage with Gortat struggling.

    The black retro uniforms still look sharp on the Magic!


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