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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Game review: Bobcats (34-31) 96, Magic (47-21) 89

The Magic, going for their franchise-tying 9th win in a row, scored only 36 second half points and were outplayed and outhustled by Charlotte, who had a decisive edge rebounding and converting free throws. The Magic were without Matt Barnes, who sat out with a sprained toe, while the Bobcats were without F Gerald Wallace. Stephen Jackson led the Bobcats with 28 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Dwight Howard led the Magic with 27 points, 16 rebounds.

The Magic led by as many as 4 points in the first quarter, but the Bobcats came on late in the quarter to lead by as many as 5 points and held a 26-25 lead after one. The Magic took the lead early in the second quarter, and led by as many as 6 points on their way to a 53-51 halftime lead. The Magic's last lead of the game was 55-53, as the Bobcats took the lead at the 9:24 mark of the third 57-55 and led by as many as 6 points as they held a 72-68 lead after three quarters. A Jason Williams three pointer pulled the Magic to within 72-71 to start the fourth, but that was as close as the Magic would come as the Bobcats went on a 12-3 run to go ahead 84-74. The Magic scored 7 points in a row to cut their deficit to 84-81 with 4:13 remaining, but could get no closer as the Bobcats went on a 7-2 run to put the game away.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 27 points (12 of 14 FGs, 3 of 10 FTs), 16 rebounds, 2 blocks, 4 turnovers
Vince Carter: 23 points (7 of 13 FGs, 3 of 8 3 PT FGs), 6 assists, 4 rebounds
Mickael Pietrus: 20 points (7 of 13 FGs, 5 of 7 3 PT FGs), 5 rebounds

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: CHA 46.7% (35 of 75) ORL 45.8% (33 of 72)
3 PT FG%: CHA 50% (5 of 10) ORL 34.4% (11 of 32)
FT%: CHA 80.8% (21 of 26) ORL 57.1% (12 of 21)
REB: CHA 46 (12 offensive) ORL 34 (9 offensive)
AST/TO: CHA 20/15 ORL 16/15

Other game notes and stats;

-In addition to Jackson's 28 points, three other Bobcats scored in double figures with Raymond Felton scoring 16 points with 7 assists, Stephen Graham 12 points, 6 rebounds, and Theo Ratliff with 10 points, 9 rebounds; Tyrus Thomas added 9 points mad 9 rebounds off the bench
-Jameer Nelson (4 points) and Rashard Lewis (3 points) combined for 7 points on 3 of 17 shooting, and 1 of 9 3 PT FG shooting for the Magic
-Nelson had only 3 assists in 33 minutes
-Lewis scored his only points of the game on a three pointer with 32 seconds remaining
-Jason Williams led the Magic reserves with 6 points and 3 assists
-The Magic reserves shot a collective 4 of 15 from the field for 12 points
-Howard, Carter, and Pietrus combined to shoot 26 of 40 from the floor for 70 points; the rest of the Magic shot a collective 7 of 32 from the floor, including 3 of 16 on threes
-The Magic's starting frontcourt outscored the Bobcats' starting frontcourt 50-31, but the Magic starting backcourt was outscored 44-27 by the Bobcats' starting backcourt

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


  • At 10:34 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Well, it's disappointing that the Magic couldn't tie the franchise record for the longest winning streak, but it had to end sometime. The Magic had played very well throughout their 8 game winning streak, and it just wasn't their night Sunday night, as the Bobcats deserve credit for outplaying and outhustling the Magic.

    I can forgive Nelson for having a poor game, as he has been playing close to All-Star level this past month, but Lewis has not been playing well more often than not lately, and he had his worst game of the season against the Bobcats.

    When Nelson and Lewis play so poorly in the same game, and the reserves play a mediocre game also, the Magic are not going to look good; just one of those nights.

    Howard, Carter, and Pietrus kept the Magic alive with their solid offensive outputs, but did not get much help from anyone else. Howard's 7 missed free throws hurt the Magic, though.

    Pietrus deserves credit for playing well in place of the injured Matt Barnes, but the Magic missed the intangibles that Barnes brings out there, especially on defense.

    Time to start a new winning streak Wednesday against San Antonio.

  • At 4:22 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I was at the game and couldnt believe how poorly we shot the ball. Rashard missed open three after open three and i couldnt figure out why SVG wont even give RA a look anymore. Matt barnes not playing was big as you stated mike,but this game only proved to me that we have to play about as bad as we can play for charlotte to beat us by seven.


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