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Friday, March 19, 2010

Game review: Magic (49-21) 108, Heat (35-34) 102 OT

The Magic, after blowing a 12 point lead with 5:07 remaining in the game, outscored Miami 13-7 in overtime for the win, as all five Magic starters scored in double figures, led by Vince Carter's 27 points and 6 assists. The Magic survived a 36 point night from Dwyane Wade of the Heat.

The Magic ended the first quarter on a 8-1 run to take the lead 29-25 going into the second. The Magic led 38-32 before the Heat went on a 15-3 run to lead 47-41 with 4:09 remaining in the half, but the Magic tied the game at halftime 54-54. Dwight Howard committed his fourth foul 12 seconds into the third quarter, and sat the rest of the quarter as a result. The Magic played well without Howard, leading by as many as 76-69 before going into the fourth with a 76-71 lead. The Magic extended their lead to 88-76 with just over 5 minutes remaining, but went scoreless for 3:46 as the Heat went on a 12-0 run to tie the game at 88. Both teams took the lead in the final 1:21 but couldn't hold their lead as the game went into OT tied at 95. The Heat shot just 1 for 6 in the OT as the Magic took the lead for good at the 2:48 mark.

Magic leading scorers

Vince Carter: 27 points (9 of 21 FGs, 3 of 10 3 PT FGs, 6 of 7 FTs), 6 assists
Rashard Lewis: 24 points (8 of 17 FGs, 4 of 8 3 PT FGs), 11 rebounds, 2 blocks
Jameer Nelson: 15 points (7 of 16 FGs), 5 rebounds, 3 steals
Matt Barnes: 13 points (5 of 8 FGs), 9 rebounds
Dwight Howard: 10 points (3 of 9 FGs, 4 of 8 FTs), 11 rebounds, 4 blocks

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 45.5% (40 of 88) MIA 41.1% (37 of 90)
3 PT FG%: ORL 35.5% (11 of 31) MIA 32.0% (8 of 25)
FT%: MIA 83.3% (20 of 24) ORL 68.0% (17 of 25)
REB: ORL 49 (13 offensive) MIA 44 (13 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 22/13 MIA 16/11

Other game notes and stats:

-Dwyane Wade scored his 36 points on 12 of 26 shooting and also added 10 rebounds and 7 assists
-Two other Heat players finished in double figures, with Jermaine O'Neal scoring 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 blocks and former Magic PG Carlos Arroyo with 11 points, 5 assists
-J.J. Redick led the Magic reserves with 8 points on 3 of 4 shooting, Marcin Gortat added 6 points, 5 rebounds, and Jason Williams added 5 assists
-The starting Magic frontcourt outscored the starting Heat frontcourt 47-30, held them to 10 of 32 FG shooting, and outrebounded them 31-13
-Howard played just 31 minutes due to his foul trouble, while Barnes, Lewis, and Carter each played 40+ minutes
-Howard picked up his 15th technical foul of the season in the overtime

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


  • At 3:24 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Not good that the Magic blew a 12 point lead with 5 minutes left in regulation, but they were able to take the game to OT and really looked good the final 3 minutes of the OT.

    A quality road win on the second of back-to-backs for the Magic over a tough Miami team with DWade playing at his best.

    Two solid games in a row of 20+ points for Lewis; let's hope he's
    out of his slump now.

    Carter now has 14 assists in his last 2 games, in addition to his 51 points; he's really peaking at the right time.

  • At 9:31 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    In addition to Rashard and Vince, Jameer played a solid game, as well and specially his drives to the basket showed signs of getting back to the peak form.

    My question is: with Dwight's technical fouls, is it appropriate to draw one more technical deliberately in the regular season rather than getting the suspension in the play-offs?

  • At 1:05 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Great question matt! Glad the guys were able to hang on as they should have won easily.

  • At 5:43 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I believe all technical fouls on players reset to zero when the playoffs start.

    I'll find out for sure sometime this weekend.


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