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Friday, January 01, 2010

Game review: Magic (24-8) 106, T-Wolves (7-27) 94

Six Magic players scored in double figures as the Magic scored 33 fourth quarter points to pull away after Minnesota briefly took a 2 point lead with 10 minutes remaining in the fourth.

Stan Van Gundy used the same starting lineup he used against Milwaukee Wednesday night, and the Magic responded by scoring the first 8 points of the game before the T-Wolves got their game going and led 26-24 after one quarter. The T-Wolves led by as many as 5 points in the second quarter before the Magic went on a 11-0 run to take back the lead and led 51-45 at the half, despite being outrebounded by the T-Wolves 34-16 in the first half. The T-Wolves trailed by as much as 7 points in the third quarter before going on a 8-0 run to take the lead, and the lead went back and forth the rest of the third quarter with the Magic leading 73-71 going into the fourth. The T-Wolves had their last lead of the game at 77-75 in the final quarter before the Magic took the lead for good. The closest the T-Wolves were able to get was within 91-88 with 5 1/2 minutes remaining before the Magic iced the game with a 10-0 run on the way to the final.

Magic leading scorers

Rashard Lewis: 21 points ( 5 of 10 3 PT FGs)
Matt Barnes: 17 points (6 of 10 FGs), 11 rebounds
Jameer Nelson: 16 points (6 of 11 FGs), 6 assists, 2 steals
Ryan Anderson (bench): 16 points (4 of 10 3 PT FGs), 4 steals
Vince Carter: 12 points (3 of 10 FGs), 6 assists, 3 steals
Jason Williams: 10 points (4 of 6 FGs)

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 45% (36 of 80) MIN 43.0% (37 of 86)
3 PT FG%: MIN 44.4% (8 of 18) ORL 40.5% (15 of 37)
FT%: ORL 82.6% (19 of 23) MIN 75% (12 of 16)
REB: MIN 47 (17 offensive) ORL 38 (9 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 22/12 MIN 18/19

Other game notes and stats:

-Four Wolves' players scored in double figures, led by PG Jonny Flynn with 23 points, including 5 of 7 on threes; Kevin Love added a double/double with 17 points, 10 rebounds, along with Al Jefferson's 14 points, 10 rebounds
-Love had just one rebound in the second half
-Dwight Howard scored just 9 points for the Magic, but added 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals
-The Magic outrebounded the Wolves 22-13 in the second half after being outrebounded by the Wolves by 18 in the first half
-Lewis and Anderson combined to go 9 of 20 on three point attempts
-The Magic made 6 of their last 10 threes
-All of Anderson's 4 steals came in the first half
-Howard and Carter combined for 21 points on 7 of 20 shooting; the rest of the Magic shot 29 of 60
-The two Magic PGs, Nelson and Williams, combined for 26 points on 10 of 17 shooting
-Magic backup C Marcin Gortat committed 3 fouls in 6 minutes
-Magic now lead Atlanta by 3 games in the SE, and move 1/2 game ahead of Boston for second seed in the East, 1 game behind Cleveland

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


  • At 3:13 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The Magic are starting to make a habit of playing better in the second half of games lately. 55 second half points against the T-Wolves, and a much better job of rebounding in the second half by the Magic than the first half.

    Balanced scoring and balanced shooting from the Magic... 6 players with double figures in points, and 6 players with between 10 and 12 FG attempts.

    Dwight Howard didn't have a strong game offensively, but defensively he was a force.

    Nice second half from Ryan Anderson after starting out 0 for 5 shooting.

    Nice bounce-back game from Jameer Nelson after struggling against the Bucks. Hopefully, his knee is holding out alright, especially since the Magic play again Saturday night.


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