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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Game review: Magic (54-23) 107, Grizzlies (39-37) 92

In a game marred by a third quarter scuffle between Matt Barnes and Memphis's Hasheem Thabeet that saw Barnes get ejected and 5 technicals issued by the referees, the Magic had 5 players in double figures led by Vince Carter's 26 points and came back from a 5 point third quarter deficit to defeat the Grizzlies. The Magic had an outstanding 54.3% eFG% to more than offset the Grizzlies' 29-18 free throws made advantage.

The Magic scored the first 7 points of the game and maintained a lead between 6-10 points for most of the quarter and led 32-24 after one. The Grizzlies closed the Magic lead to 37-36 with 6:45 remaining in the second, but the Magic went on a 13-0 run to lead 50-36 and led 54-46 at the half. The Magic started out horrible offensively in the third quarter, as they scored just 4 points in the first 6:22 of the second half as Memphis took a 63-58 lead. The scuffle between Barnes and Thabeet took place at the 6:54 mark. Two quick threes by the Magic got the lead back, and the Magic took the lead for good 70-69 at the 1:21 mark and led 75-69 going into the final quarter. The Grizzlies got as close as 75-71 early in the fourth, but the Magic gradually pulled away and were never threatened in the final 10 minutes.

Magic leading scorers

Vince Carter: 26 points (9 of 18 FGs, 2 of 5 3 PT FGs, 6 of 7 FTs), 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals
Rashard Lewis: 18 points (6 of 8 FGs, 5 of 7 3 PT FGs), 2 steals, 2 blocks
Jameer Nelson: 18 points (8 of 13 FGs, 2 of 4 3 PT FGs), 5 assists
J.J. Redick (bench): 15 points (4 of 9 FGs, 3 of 6 3 PT FGs)
Brandon Bass (bench): 11 points (4 of 11 FGs), 2 blocks

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 46.3% (38 of 82) MEM 40% (30 of 75)
3 PT FG%: ORL 44.8% (13 of 29) MEM 33.3% (3 of 9)
FT%: MEM 76.3% (29 of 38) ORL 75% (18 of 24)
REB: MEM 46 (12 offensive) ORL 43 (12 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 21/14 MEM 12/15

Other game notes and stats:

-Zach Randolph led Memphis with 24 points along with 18 rebounds and 4 steals; three other Grizzlies scored in double figures as Rudy Gay scored 18 points and O.J. Mayo scored 17 points
-Gay and Mayo shot a combined 11 of 29 from the field
-Grizzlies' starting center Hasheem Thabeet was scoreless in nearly 20 minutes, but grabbed 5 rebounds and blocked 3 shots
-Magic C Dwight Howard was held to 8 points, but led the Magic with 11 rebounds and 5 blocks
-Barnes was scoreless in 17 minutes with 4 rebounds and 2 assists prior to his ejection
-Jason Williams had 5 assists off the bench for the Magic
-Carter and Nelson combined for 44 points on 17 of 31 shooting, including 4 of 9 on threes with 11 assists and 10 rebounds
-The Magic outscored the Grizzlies 89-63 from the field
-The Magic's "magic number" to clinching the SE and the second seed in the East is now one

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


  • At 5:35 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    It wasn't good that the Magic blew a double-digit second quarter lead and fell behind by 5 in the third quarter, but that skirmish really seemed to wake them up in the third and got them going again.

    Excellent game from the Magic guards, and Rashard Lewis shot well, too. Nice job off the bench from Redick.


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