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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Game review: Mavericks (34-21) 95, Magic (37-19) 85

The Magic were unable to overcome horrible three point shooting and the worst game of the season from the bench as they were unable to hold an 11 point third quarter lead in losing to the Mavericks. Dwight Howard (29 points, 16 rebounds, 5 blocks) led the Magic.

Dallas led 19-14 midway through the first quarter before the Magic ended the quarter strong on a 19-4 run to lead 33-23 after one. The Magic led by as much 37-25 in the second quarter before the Mavericks cut the Magic lead to 47-42 at the half. The Mavericks came as close as one point on two occasions in the third quarter before the Magic extended their lead to 69-58. The Mavericks scored the last 7 points of the quarter and the first 12 points of the fourth quarter for a 19-0 run to take the lead 77-69. The Magic would not lead again, as the closest they would come was 81-78 with just under 5 minutes left. The Magic made just 3 of their final 12 shots as the Mavericks pulled away.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 29 points (11 of 19 FGs, 7 of 10 FTs, 16 rebounds, 5 blocks)
Vince Carter: 16 points (7 of 15 FGs, 2 of 5 3 PT FGs), 5 assists
Jameer Nelson: 16 points (8 of 15 FGs, 6 assists)
Rashard Lewis: 12 points (4 of 10 FGs, 2 of 7 3 PT FGs), 2 steals

Overall Game Statistics:

FG%: DAL 45.2% (38 of 84) ORL 41.4% (36 of 87)
3 PT FG%: DAL 33.3% (5 of 15) ORL 16.0% (4 of 25)
FT%: DAL 77.8% (14 of 18) ORL 75% (9 of 12)
REB: ORL 47 (12 offensive) DAL 45 (8 offensive)
AST/TO: DAL 23/11 ORL 18/13

Other game notes and stats:

-Five Mavericks scored in double figures, led by Dirk Nowitzki with 23 points; newcomers Caron Butler (16 points, 7 rebounds) and Brendan Haywood (15 points, 9 rebounds) played well, while Jason Kidd added 10 points, 8 assists, and 4 steals
-Jason Terry scored 16 points off the Mavericks' bench
-Marcin Gortat led the Magic bench with 4 points on 2 of 3 shooting
-The other four Magic reserves (Williams, Redick, Pietrus, and Anderson), combined to score 2 points on 1 of 16 shooting, including 0 for 10 on threes
-Pietrus (1 for 6), Anderson (0 for 5), and Redick (0 for 4) combined to shoot 1 for 15, including 0 for 9 on threes
-The Magic made 2 of their first 4 three pointers, then made just 2 of their final 21 three pointers
-The Mavericks' bench combined to score 27 points on 10 of 18 shooting
-Only Carter (2 of 5) and Lewis (2 of 7) made a three for the Magic
-The Magic shot 13 of 20 (65%) in the first quarter, and 23 of 67 from the second quarter on

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


  • At 4:12 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Sure, it's disappointing that the Magic lost a game where they led by double digits in the second half, but what are you going to do when your team shoots so poorly from three point range and where the bench scores so few points.

    This game was just an aberration; I highly doubt we will see a game again this season where both the three point shooting and the bench play is so bad.

    How about the new-look Cavaliers, who are now on a 2 game losing streak after losing to Charlotte, who lost to the Nets the previous night. Antawn Jamison's debut did not go so well, with his 0 for 12 shooting. He can't help but improve from that, though it may take a while for the Cavs' team chemistry to develop with Jamison's arrival and new roles for several of their players.

  • At 9:35 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    The game was lost due to: 1) DAL's good defense & Magic's bad offense at the end; and 2) DAL's excellent PG play & Magic's bad PG play. It was painful to watch again that a true PG posts Jameer, at one end, while the ball was not moving well at the other end - opposite to the first quarter -, hence the bad shooting of J.J. (0-4), Ryan (0-5), and the worse of all MP (1-6) which his shots were not even close. Ryan has been awful in recent games, and it is time for the coach to take another serious look at a player as solid as Brandon Bass, or at least makes some mixing in there, especially when the team is ahead. In the second and third quarters both, bad shots by the second team lost us the lead, and eventually the game at the end came down to guards' play where Kidd and Terry were lethal.

    All the fools - greatest of all being Kenny (The Jet?!) Smith from TNT - are praising Jamison's trade but nobody is mentioning who is going to back up an old, and susceptible to injury, Shaq until Z returns, that is if he returns. That deficiency is going to be exposed on Sunday when Shaq has to hold the fort down by himself. I would not be surprised if SVG uses the twin towers again.

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