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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Game review: Magic (36-17 ) 107, Bulls (25-26) 87

Chicago, playing their 4th game in 5 nights, and without center Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis) and without point guard Derrick Rose after Rose had to leave the game 2 1/2 minutes into it with a bruised hip, was no match for the Magic as the Magic never trailed and led by as many as 29 points in the third quarter and never let the Bulls get closer than 19 points in the second half. Seven Magic players scored in double figures, and no one scored more than 18 points.

The Magic led 9-3 before Rose drove for a layup and was fouled hard by Dwight Howard at the 9:36 mark. Rose left the game after completing the three point play. The Magic dominated from that point on, as they made 11 of their first 13 shots and led 41-17 after one. The Magic led by as much as 67-41 before settling for a 67-45 halftime lead. The Magic had their largest lead of the game at 89-60 late in the third quarter and led 89-64 going into the fourth, and cruised to the victory.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 18 points (7 of 10 FGs), 14 rebounds, 5 turnovers
Vince Carter: 15 points (6 of 10 FGs, 3 of 3 3 PT FG), 5 rebounds
Matt Barnes: 14 points (4 of 6 FGs, 2 of 3 3 PT FG), 5 rebounds
Rashard Lewis: 11 points (4 of 11 FGs, 1 of 7 3 PT FG), 3 steals
Jameer Nelson: 11 points (4 of 7 FGs) 6 assists
Jason Williams (bench): 10 points (4 of 8 FGs, 2 of 5 3 PT FG)
J.J. Redick (bench): 10 points (2 of 5 FGs, 5 of 5 FTs), 5 rebounds, 4 assists

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 46.8% (37 of 79) CHI 36.8% (32 of 87)
3 PT FG%: ORL 37.5% (12 of 32) CHI 21.1% (4 of 19)
FT%: ORL 84% (21 of 25) CHI 82.6% (19 of 23)
REB: ORL 51 (8 offensive) CHI 41 (10 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 22/17 CHI 18/13

Other game notes and stats:

-Four Bulls' players scored in double figures, led by Luol Deng with 23 points, 7 rebounds; Tyrus Thomas came off the bench to score 16 points
-The Magic starting frontcourt outscored the Bulls' starting frontcourt 43-25 and outrebounded them 20-14
-All five Magic starters just played between 24 and 28 minutes
-Magic backup center Marcin Gortat added 12 rebounds and 3 blocks in 23 minutes
-Of Magic reserve's Mickael Pietrus 9 shot attempts, 8 were three pointers; he made 3, and finished with 9 points
-Only Anthony Johnson did not see any action for the Magic
-The Bulls' guards Kirk Hinrich, Devin Brown, and Jannero Pargo combined to shoot 8 of 29 from the field
-The Magic gained a game against both Atlanta and Boston in the conference standings

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


  • At 5:14 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Good to see the Magic dominate a depleted Bulls team who were without Noah and then without Rose after the early injury. With the Bulls playing their 4th game in 5 nights and without their two best players, they stood no chance against the Magic, who came into the game really focused.

    How about that first quarter... 41-17 Magic.

    In addition to Vince Carter's dramatic improvement these last several games, I really like how Jameer Nelson has played the last 2 games; he has 16 assists in those 2 games, and is really moving well and running the offense well. I'm sure his nagging injuries are finally feeling a lot better.

    Jason Williams continues to do a great job backing up Jameer at the point.

    The Magic starters didn't play too many minutes against the Bulls; they should be ready for Cleveland Thursday night.

  • At 1:09 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    On to Cleveland. Daniel Gibson is not Mo Williams, and our guards are now superior to CAV's. Our frontcourt should dominate but we have to watch Varejo. For LeBron we have Matt and MP and Vince (occasionally) to guard him. I expect Magic to win by 6. But if Magic gets hot like the first quarter in CHI, watch out!!!

  • At 4:08 PM, Blogger Matt said…


    Please send these morons' asses to oblivion. We'll see after the game if they are still around, and have learnt any English to start with.

  • At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Danny's Ferry said…

    Matt: cheerio!

  • At 5:34 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Matt... my apologies for being late to the Blog today so that I couldn't have deleted all those offensive remarks and personal attacks from the "Trolls" earlier.

    To all the Cavaliers' fans out there... you are more than welcome to come on this blog to discuss tonight's game in an intelligent manner, but any name-calling, personal attacks on someone, or "trolling" will not be tolerated, and your comments will be deleted.

    I did leave the one comment up by a Cavs' fan that wasn't offensive or a personal attack.


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