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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Game review: Magic (55-23) 121, Wizards (24-54) 94

After a sluggish start by the Magic which saw them trailing by one after the first quarter, the Magic surged ahead as they outscored Washington by 28 points the final three quarters for the blowout win. All 12 Magic players scored, with seven players in double figures, as the Magic reserves had their best game of the year scoring 65 points.

The Wizards scored 10 points in a row to lead 21-15 with 2:36 remaining in the first, and had two other six point leads before the Magic cut their deficit to 25-24 after one. J.J. Redick's 3 pointer to open the second quarter put the Magic ahead for good, as the Magic led by as many as 46-33 in the quarter before settling for a 50-44 halftime lead. The Magic led by only single digits for much of the third quarter as the Wizards came as close as 5 points. The Magic finally got their lead to double digits in the final two and a half minutes of the third quarter and delivered a dagger when Jason Williams hit two three pointers in the final two seconds of the quarter (the second coming after a steal and a pass from Matt Barnes) to extend the Magic lead from 13 to 19 points, 84-65 after three. The Wizards got to within 13 points again with just under 9 minutes remaining before the Magic outscored the Wizards 33-14 to finish the game.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 17 points (7 of 10 FGs), 10 rebounds, 3 blocks
Mickael Pietrus (bench): 16 points (6 of 9 FGs, 4 of 5 3 PT FGs)
J.J. Redick (bench): 16 points (5 of 10 FGs, 2 of 3 3 PT FGs), 4 assists, 2 steals
Matt Barnes: 11 points (4 of 6 FGs)
Ryan Anderson (bench): 11 points (4 of 6 FGs, 2 of 3 3 PT FGs), 5 assists

Overall Game Statistics:

FG%: ORL 57.9% (44 of 76) WAS 50% (39 of 78)
3 PT FG%: ORL 59.1% (13 of 22) WAS 40% (4 of 10)
FT%: WAS 85.7% (12 of 14) ORL 83.3% (20 of 24)
REB: ORL 39 (9 offensive) WAS 27 (5 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 24/12 WAS 18/14

Other game notes and stats:

-Rashard Lewis and Vince Carter added 10 points each
-Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 6 assists and added 8 points and 5 rebounds
-Four Wizards scored in double figures, led by Nick Young with 21 points (9 of 15 FGs); former Magic rookie-of-the-year Mike Miller added 16 points, 9 rebounds
-The Magic reserves shot a collective 25 of 37 (67.6%) from the field, including 10 of 13 (76.9%) on threes, for an eFG% of 81.1%
-All seven reserves shot at least 50% from the field, with six of them shooting 67% or better
-The Magic started out the game making just 5 of their first 15 shots in the first 9 1/2 minutes
-The Magic made 13 of their final 15 shots in the final 8:38, including all 5 three pointers
-No Magic player played more than 29 1/2 minutes

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


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