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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Game review: Magic (16-4) 126, Warriors (6-13) 118

The Magic dodged a bullet Saturday night, as a shorthanded, undersized Golden State team gave the Magic all it could handle in a foul-filled game, as both teams combined for 57 personal fouls and 77 free throw attempts. The Warriors came back from a 15 point second quarter deficit and led by as many as five points midway through the fourth quarter before the Magic came storming back and allowed just 4 more Warriors' points the rest of the way.

The Magic started the game very hot from the field, making 10 of their first 12 field goals, and led after a high-scoring first quarter 42-33. The Magic led by 15 points on several occasions in the second quarter, the last time at 64-49, but had to settle for a 72-64 halftime lead. The Magic briefly led by 10 early in the third quarter before the Warriors came back and led by as much 5 points before the Magic pulled to within 100-97 at the end of three. The Warriors maintained their lead and led 114-109 with just over 6 minutes remaining before the Magic held the Warriors scoreless for the next 5 1/2 minutes and made 6 of their next 9 shots on a 15-0 run to lead by 10 in the final minute.

Magic leading scorers

Vince Carter: 27 points (7 for 13 FGs), 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
Mickael Pietrus: 22 points (6 of 12 FGs)
Rashard Lewis: 20 points (6 of 12 FGs)
Dwight Howard: 17 points (6 of 11 FGs), 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 4 turnovers
Jason Williams: 12 points (4 of 9 FGs), 8 assists, 4 turnovers
Matt Barnes (bench): 11 points (4 of 5 FGs), 6 rebounds

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 52.7% (39 of 74) GS 47.2% (42 of 89)
3 PT FG%: ORL 46.2% (12 of 26) GS 26.7% (4 of 15)
FT%: ORL 87.8% (36 of 41) GS 83.3% (30 of 36)
REB: ORL 38 (7 offensive) GS 32 (10 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 25/16 GS 24/15
BENCH: GS 43 ORL 28

Other game notes and stats:

-Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 33 points along with 7 assists, but also had 7 turnovers; rookie Anthony Randolph had a career-high 28 points along with 13 rebounds and 5 assists
-The Warriors were without Andris Biedrins and Rony Turiaf due to injury, and Anthony Morrow because of a death in the family
-Former Magic draftee Corey Maggette finished with 11 points
-The Warriors missed 10 of their final 12 shots, and missed 9 in a row during that span
-The Magic made 8 of their first 9 three pointers before missing 11 of their next 12 but closed making 3 of their final 5 threes
-Both teams combined to make 86% of their free throws
-Magic starters, led by Carter's 12 of 12 free throws, were 30 of 34 from the line
-Ryan Anderson did not see any action for the Magic
-The Magic remain 2 games ahead of Atlanta in the SE and are tied with Boston for the best record in the East

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

2 Comments:

  • At 4:26 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Well, the Magic didn't play much defense until the final 6 minutes of the game when they were able to shut the Warriors down.

    Very efficient game from Vince Carter... 27 pts on just 13 shots, along with the 7 assists. I really like the fact he has concentrated on passing the ball more the last couple of games, along with his timely shooting and getting to the free throw line.

    I thought Howard would have a monster game, but foul trouble after the first quarter prevented him from doing so; the rest of the team picked him up, though.

    Great to see the Magic making 88% from the free throw line; hopefully they're coming around after struggling for much of the last couple of weeks on FTs.

    Give the Warriors credit for competing so well despite being shorthanded. They have a lot of good young talent, and have a lot to look forward to in the not-too-distant future.

     
  • At 1:18 AM, Anonymous pchandran said…

    Really it was Very efficient game from Vince Carter... 27 pts on just 13 shots, along with the 7 assists. I really like the fact he has concentrated on passing the ball more the last couple of games, along with his timely shooting and getting to the free throw line.


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