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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Game review: Magic (47-20) 109, Wizards (21-43) 95

After a horrendous first quarter that saw them fall behind Washington by 13 points, the Magic got their act together in the second quarter and scored 41 points to take a 6 point halftime lead and continued to extend their lead in the second half to lead by as many as 21 points in the fourth quarter. It was the Magic's 8th win in a row, their best winning streak since March-April of 2006. Dwight Howard scored 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Magic.

The Magic fell behind 6-0 early but came back to take the lead and led 18-17 before the Wizards went on a 16-2 run to close the first quarter to lead 33-20 as the Wizards shot 65% in the first. The Wizards led 37-23 early in the second when the Magic went on a 38-18 run to close the half and led 61-55, as the Magic scored 41 second quarter points. The Magic extended their lead to 76-60 in the third, but the Wizards cut the lead to 85-76 late in the third before the Magic led 88-76 after three. The Magic put the game away in the fourth, going on a 15-4 run to open the quarter to lead 103-80 halfway with 6:04 remaining before cruising to the final.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 28 points (11 of 13 FGs, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks, 4 turnovers
Vince Carter: 18 points (8 of 18 FGs, 2 of 4 3 PT FGs)
J.J. Redick (bench): 18 points (5 of 9 FGs, 2 of 3 3 PT FGs)
Brandon Bass (bench): 16 points (6 of 10 FGs), 9 rebounds, 5 turnovers

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 51.9% (41 of 79) WAS 48.8% (40 of 82)
3 PT FG%: ORL 57.1% (8 of 14) WAS 22.2% (2 of 9)
FT%: ORL 82.6% (19 of 23) WAS 76.5% (13 of 17)
REB: ORL 46 (15 offensive) WAS 30 (9 offensive)
AST/TO: WAS 24/10 ORL 20/17

Other game notes and stats:

-Three Wizards scored in double figures, led by Andray Blatche with 32 points on 14 of 23 shooting; Blatche scored 23 of his points in the first half
-The Wizards' Shaun Livingston scored a season-high 18 points along with 8 assists
-Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 8 assists along with 9 points
-Jason Williams of the Magic added 9 points with 4 assists off the bench
-Starting forwards Rashard Lewis and Matt Barnes of the Magic combined to score 6 points on 2 of 8 shooting
-Three Wizards' starters, Mike Miller, Randy Foye, and Javaris McGee combined to score 13 points on 5 of 16 shooting
-The Magic shot 14 of 19 in the second quarter from the field, 2 of 4 on three pointers, and 11 of 11 from the FT line
-The Magic outscored the Wizards 89-62 after the first quarter
-Brandon Bass of the Magic was credited with his first assist since January 13th, and had his second-highest total in points and minutes played for the season

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


  • At 6:21 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Things didn't look too well after the first quarter for the Magic, but wow, did they ever get their act together in the second quarter and were able to put the game away midway through the fourth quarter.

    It's funny, the last time the Magic won 8 in a row (April of '06), they were coached by Bryan Hill and didn't even make the playoffs, while now, they are championship contenders.


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