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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Game review: Magic (39-19) 110, Rockets (29-29) 92

Dwight Howard set a Magic franchise record with his 19th straight double/double (30 points, 16 rebounds) and also set a franchise record as he made 11 field goals without a miss, as three other Magic players scored in double figures. The Magic led by as many as 27 points in the third quarter before Houston made a run but could get no closer than 9 points.

The Rockets jumped out to an early 9-4 lead, as Howard committed 2 fouls in the first 22 seconds and sat out the rest of the first quarter, but the Magic quickly took control and led 21-14 before settling for a 23-18 lead heading into the second quarter. The Rockets got to within 23-22, but later in the quarter the Magic went on a 27-8 run to lead 60-37 before they led comfortably at the half 60-40. The Magic extended their lead to 69-42 with under nine minutes remaining before the Rockets went on a 32-16 run to cut the Magic lead to 85-74 after three quarters. The Magic maintained a double digit lead through much of the final quarter, but the Rockets climbed within 9 points on 2 occasions, the last time at 97-88 with 3 1/2 minutes remaining. The Magic quickly put the game away after that with a 13-4 run to close the game.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 30 points (11 of 11 FGs, 8 of 12 FTs), 16 rebounds, 1 block
Jameer Nelson: 17 points (7 of 15 FGs, 3 of 5 3 PT FGs), 9 assists, 1 turnover
Vince Carter: 16 points (6 of 9 FGs), 7 assists, 5 rebounds
Rashard Lewis: 13 points (6 of 15 FGs), 4 steals

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 49.4% (43 of 87) HOU 42.9% (33 of 77)
3 PT FG%: HOU 50% (12 of 24) ORL 29% (9 of 31)
FT%: HOU 73.7% (14 of 19) ORL 68.2% (15 of 22)
REB: ORL 46 (12 offensive) HOU 37 (9 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 27/9 HOU 22/15

Other game notes and stats:

-Four Rockets scored in double figures, led by Aaron Brooks with 24 points with 8 assists; Shane Battier added 14 points with 9 rebounds; newcomer Kevin Martin added 19 points; Chase Budinger scored 13 points with 6 assists off the bench
-Former Magic swingman Trevor Ariza did not play for the Rockets because of an injured hip
-Marcin Gortat led the Magic bench with 7 points and 7 rebounds; three other Magic reserves scored 6 points
-J.J. Redick (3 of 12), Mickael Pietrus (2 of 8), and Jason Williams (1 of 4) combined to shoot 6 of 24 off the Magic bench, but Redick added 4 assists
-The Magic starting frontcourt outscored the Rockets' starting frontcourt (Battier, Luis Scola, Chuck Hayes) 50-16 and outrenounded them 24-16
-The Magic shot 34 of 56 on two pointers and outscored the Rockets 68-42 from two point range, while the Rockets shot 21 of 53 on twos
-The Rockets' starting backcourt (Brooks, Martin) combined to shoot 14 of 36 from the field
-The Magic allowed just 18 fourth quarter points after allowing 34 points in the third quarter

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


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  • At 5:07 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    LED Signs, I have no idea what you're talking about.

    Anyway, nice win for the Magic despite their lapse in the second half that allowed the Rockets to shave a 27 point deficit down to 9 before the Magic put the game away late.

    Great job by D12 after he picked up the 2 quick fouls to open the game, and congratulations to the big guy for setting two Magic franchise records (for the most consecutive double/doubles and the most FGs in a game without a miss).

    Jameer continues to impress with his stellar play running the offense; 9 assists to 1 turnover is fantastic, along with his 17 points.

    Vince Carter continues to impress, also, with 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting with 7 assists.

    The Magic were still able to win going away despite the combined 5 of 20 shooting from Redick and Pietrus. Redick did contribute 4 assists and Pietrus had a +22 plus/minus despite his poor shooting.

  • At 12:15 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Yea jameer and Vince are doing a hell of a job. They are leading better than i thought they could,its fun to watch them play at this level. 16 assists out of your back-court is better than good. Congrats to D12 for the records!

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