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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Game review: Magic (32-16) 99, Bucks (21-25) 82

The Magic, led by double/doubles from Dwight Howard and Vince Carter and 6 players in double figures, overcame a slow start and extended their winning streak to 4 games with a 99-82 win over Milwaukee. The Magic have now won 7 of their last 8 games.

The Magic started really slow, as the Bucks tore out to leads of 16-4 and 20-8 early in the first quarter, but the Magic quickly woke up and took the game over. The Bucks still led 26-23 after one, and had their last lead of the game at 27-26. The Magic held the Bucks to just 9 points the rest of the quarter and led 50-36 at the half, as the Magic outscored the Bucks 27-10 in the second quarter. The Bucks made a brief run to start the third quarter, scoring the first 6 points to cut the Magic lead to 50-42. The Magic then outscored the Bucks 25-13 to lead by 20 points and took a 75-57 into the fourth quarter. The Magic had their largest lead of 81-59 at the 10 minute mark of the fourth as the Bucks could get no closer than 13 points the rest of the game as the Magic cruised to the final score.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 22 points (7 of 10 FGs), 11 rebounds, 5 blocks, 6 turnovers
Vince Carter: 17 points (7 of 15 FGs, 2 of 3 3 PT FGs), 10 rebounds, 7 assists
J.J. Redick (bench): 15 points (4 of 5 FGs, 3 of 4 3 PT FGs), 4 assists
Rashard Lewis: 13 points (5 of 16 FGs, 2 of 4 3 PT FGs)
Matt Barnes: 11 points (2 of 5 FGs), 7 rebounds
Jason Williams: 11 points (4 of 8 FGs, 2 of 3 3 PT FGs), 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 46.5% (33 of 71) MIL 36.3% (33 of 91)
3 PT FG%: ORL 56.2% (9 of 16) MIL 31.8% (7 of 22)
FT: ORL 70.6% (24 of 34) MIL 47.4% (9 of 19)
REB: ORL 49 (6 offensive) MIL 44 (14 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 21/14 MIL 17/9

Other game notes and stats:

-Jameer Nelson and Mickael Pietrus both sat out for the Magic to rest their respective injuries
-Only 3 Bucks' players scored in double figures, led by Charlie Bell and reserve Luke Ridnour with 13 points each
-The 5 Bucks' starters combined to score just 35 points on 14 of 46 shooting, as the Magic starters outscored them 74-35
-The Magic starting frontline outscored the Bucks' starting frontline 46-20
-The Magic outscored the Bucks 52-31 in the second and third quarters
-Carter scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half on 6 of 11 shooting, and finished with his first double/double in a Magic uniform
-The Magic outscored the Bucks just 75-73 from the field, but the Magic held a big 24-9 advantage at the FT line

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


  • At 4:56 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    A new month, and hopefully a new beginning for Vince Carter. He really played outstanding team basketball, and contributed a lot in addition to his scoring to help the Magic to the win.

    Carter played over 40 minutes, yet took only 15 shots, and was looking to set up his teammates on numerous occasions as evidenced by his 7 assists.

    Maybe this will be the game that gets Vince going the rest of the way.

    Jason Williams played well in place of Jameer Nelson, and J.J. Redick had his usual solid performance off the bench. Dwight Howard also came back to have a good game after having to sit with two quick fouls.

    Overall, an encouraging performance. With 7 wins in their last 8 games, the Magic look to be finally rounding into form, and what a boost it would be for the Magic if Carter continues to play as effectively as he did against the Bucks.

  • At 9:49 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    The significant number in Vince's situation is 40 minutes of play, which shows that limited playing time has helped him to heal. Having that said it is obvious that he still doesn't have the lift evidenced by the shots which were blocked or left on the rim. With MP being out it is hard to advocate limiting Vince's minutes, but that is the necessity at least for the next game. I tend to start the week with Sunday, which means that after WAS's game on Friday they play 4 tough teams on back-to-backs. My hope is for 3-1 in that stretch (wins against NO and CHI are probable), but realistically they should do no worse than 2-2, and if they win in BOS, the stage is set for a fantastic 4-0. We should be careful to have Vince ready for that last back-to-back game in CLE by resting him as much as possible. I can now see the signs that All-Star break could do 'wonders' for Carter. Happy?

  • At 4:05 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    That's the way to be optimistic, Matt.


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