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Saturday, March 06, 2010

Game review: Magic (43-20) 97, Nets (6-55) 87

The Magic, led by six players in double figures, never trailed in this game and led by as many as 17 points. Matt Barnes led the way with 16 points, scoring 14 of those points in the first 7 minutes of the game. Former Magic first round pick Courtney Lee sat out for the Nets with a sprained ankle.

The game was tied for the last time at 6 apiece when the Magic took the lead for good, leading 32-18 after one quarter. The Magic led by as many as 45-30 before the Nets ended the half on a 13-5 run to trail 50-43 at the half. The Magic extended their lead to double digits in the third quarter, and led 72-57 going into the fourth. The Magic's largest lead of the game was 88-71 with 4:24 remaining. Credit the Nets for not giving up, as they came within 93-85 with 37 seconds remaining, but never threatened the Magic.

Magic leading scorers

Matt Barnes: 16 points (6 of 10 FGs, 2 of 4 3 PT FGs), 5 rebounds, 3 steals
Jameer Nelson: 15 points (4 of 9 FGs, 3 of 5 3 PT FGs), 8 assists
Vince Carter: 13 points (4 of 11 FGs, 2 of 3 3 PT FGs)
Jason Williams (bench): 13 points (5 of 8 FGs, 3 of 5 3 PT FGs)
Dwight Howard: 11 points (5 of 9 FGs), 16 rebounds, 4 assists 4 blocks, 3 steals, 5 turnovers
Mickael Pietrus: 10 points (3 of 6 FGs, 2 of 5 3 PT FGs), 3 assists

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 44.2% (34 of 77) NJ 40% (32 of 80)
3 PT FG%: ORL 41.9% (13 of 31) NJ 36.4% (4 of 11)
FT%: NJ 95% (19 of 20) ORL 66.7% (16 of 24)
REB: ORL 47 (12 offensive) NJ 38 (8 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 24/16 NJ 23/14

Other game notes and stats:

-Four Nets scored in double figures, led by Brook Lopez with 18 points, 8 rebounds and a double/double from Devin Harris with 17 points, 10 assists
-Harris and SG Chris Douglas-Roberts of the Nets combined to shoot just 9 of 27
-Barnes outscored the Nets starting forwards (Hassell, Jianlian) by himself 16-6 as the Nets' combo shot just 3 of 11
-Rashard Lewis was the only Magic starter not to score in double figures as he wound up with 9 points on 3 of 14 shooting, including 1 of 6 on threes, but added 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals
-Brandon Bass continues to be the first PF off the Magic bench, and scored 7 points along with 4 rebounds
-The Magic shot 12 of 21 in the first quarter, but only 22 of 56 the rest of the game
-Cleveland, Atlanta, and Boston all won, so the top 4 seedings in the East remain unchanged

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


  • At 4:46 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Kind of a lackluster affair after the first quarter for the Magic, but they came away with the win, which is the most important thing.

    Great first quarter for Matt Barnes helped set the tone early.

    The Word Champs await Sunday, and they will not be in a good mood, losers of two straight.


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