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Friday, January 22, 2010

Game review: Magic (28-15) 100, Kings (15-27) 84

Thanks to a solid defensive effort from the Magic along with great free throw shooting and a whole slew of missed shots from Sacramento, the Magic broke the game wide-open in the second half, leading by as many as 32 points in the third quarter and cruised to victory as the Magic starters all sat out the fourth quarter. Dwight Howard finished with a double/double of 19 points, 15 rebounds.

The Kings scored the first 5 points of the game in a nip-and-tuck first quarter as the Magic led after one quarter 23-22. The Magic gradually extended their lead and led 48-32 at the half, thanks to awful 4 of 25 shooting from the Kings in the second quarter. The Magic put the game away in the third quarter, leading by as much as 77-45 near the end of the quarter and led 77-49 going into the fourth, as the starters went to the bench the rest of the game. The Kings scored 18 of the final 25 points of the game to make the final score somewhat more respectable.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 19 points (4 of 7 FGs, 11 of 12 FTs), 15 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 5 turnovers
Rashard Lewis: 15 points (5 of 13 FGs), 6 rebounds, 4 turnovers
J.J. Redick (bench): 15 points (4 of 7 FGs, 2 of 4 3 PT FGs)
Vince Carter: 11 points (4 of 7 FGs, 1 of 2 3 PT FGs)), 2 steals, 2 blocks

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 43.2% (32 of 74) SAC 33.3% (31 of 93)
3 PT FG%: SAC 33.3% (4 of 12) ORL 28% (7 of 25)
FT%: ORL 87.9% (29 of 33) SAC 66.7% (18 of 27)
REB: ORL 51 (8 offensive) SAC 48 (16 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 19/23 SAC 17/17

Other game notes and stats:

-The Kings had just two players in double figures, led by rookie Tyreke Evans with 19 points and Jason Thompson with a double/double of 10 points, 10 rebounds
-Other than Evans, the other four Kings' starters combined for just 26 points on 8 of 31 shooting
-The Kings only made 11 of their first 50 shots
-Magic starting frontline outscored the Kings' starting frontline 37-21
-Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 7 assists
-The Magic blocked 12 Kings' shots, led by Marcin Gortat with 4 blocks
-All 12 Magic players played, and only Anthony Johnson did not score
-The Magic allowed the Kings only 27 points combined in the second and third quarters
-The Magic continue to trail Atlanta by 1/2 game in the SE

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


  • At 3:58 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Very encouraging performance, overall by the team.

    Good decision by Jameer Nelson to sit out practice Thursday; he really looked refreshed and energized running the offense against the Kings.

    Vince Carter looks like he finally may be getting it the last 2 games after a terrible last month or so. He's not just putting up shots whenever he feels like it, he's playing within the offense, and his defense also was very good. I think this should put to rest the ridiculous trade talk of Carter for Tracy McGrady.

    Magic are really making a good effort to get the ball to D12 the last 3 games; that's a great sign, as Dwight is more than willing to do his share on offense.

    Hopefully the Magic can carry the momentum of the last two games into Charlotte Saturday night, as the Bobcats are the hottest team in the NBA since January started.


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