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Group Blog talking about the NBA 2009 Eastern Conference Champions. Due to the amazing success of the 2009 playoff run comments are now frequently deleted to kill offensive comments, incoherence, or asininity. Comments can no longer be anonymous and require either a Blogger or OpenID account.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Game review: Magic (56-23) 118, Knicks (28-51) 103

The Magic continued their hot shooting overall and from three point range as they bolted out to a 14 point lead after one quarter, led by as much as 24 points in the third quarter, saw New York briefly pull to within 8 points early in the fourth quarter, then pulled away. Six Magic players scored in double figures, led by Dwight Howard and Vince Carter with 25 points each.

The Knicks never led in the game, as the Magic went on a 12-0 run in the first quarter to go ahead 22-9 before settling for a 35-21 lead after one. The Magic led by as many as 56-37 in the second quarter and led 62-48 at the half. The Magic quickly jumped out to a 75-51 lead early in the third quarter, and still led 85-64 with 4:43 remaining, but the Knicks went on a 15-5 run to pull within 90-79 after three quarters. The Knicks came as close as 92-84 early in the fourth, and were still within 94-84 with 5:25 remaining, but the Magic went on a 15-4 run to put the game away before two meaningless three pointers by the Knicks to close the game.

Magic leading scorers

Vince Carter: 25 points (9 of 19 FGs, 5 of 10 3 PT FGs), 5 assists
Dwight Howard: 25 points (11 of 14 FGs, 13 rebounds, 0 turnovers)
Ryan Anderson (bench): 19 points (8 of 11 FGs, 3 of 5 3 PT FGs), 6 rebounds, 2 blocks
J.J. Redick (bench): 15 points (6 of 9 FGs, 1 of 3 3 PT FGs)
Jameer Nelson: 13 points (5 of 10 FGs, 3 of 4 3 PT FGs), 5 assists
Mickael Pietrus: 10 points (4 of 10 FGs, 2 of 5 3 PT FGs), 7 rebounds

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 56.0% (47 of 84) NY 47.3% (35 of 74)
3 PT FG%: NY 48.5% (16 of 33) ORL 46.9% (15 of 32)
FT%: NY 77.3% (17 of 22) ORL 50% (9 of 18)
REB: ORL 39 (14 offensive) NY 35 (9 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 28/9 NY 21/13

Other game notes and stats:

-Six New York players scored in double figures, led by Danelo Gallinari with 28 points
-Former Magic star Tracy McGrady scored 6 points in less than 22 minutes on 2 of 6 3 PT FG shooting, as all his shot attempts were three pointers
-The two teams combined to make 31 of 65 three pointers
-Rashard Lewis scored 7 points on 3 of 5 shooting along with three steals for the Magic
-The Magic starting guards outscored the Knicks' starting guards 38-19
-Only Howard (37 minutes) and Carter (31 minutes) played more than 30 minutes for the Magic
-Anderson (11 points) and Redick (9 points) combined to score 20 points on 9 of 12 shooting in the fourth
-Brandon Bass and Anthony Johnson did not play for the Magic

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


  • At 2:43 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Not a very good effort defensively by the Magic, but give the Knicks credit for knocking down so many threes pointers. The Magic had another outstanding efficient game offensively to make up for their lack of efficiciency on defense.

    Playoff possibilities for the Magic... 7th seed Charlotte trails 6th seed Miami by 2 games with three games remaining; the Magic will play the seventh seed.

    For the second round, the Magic would play the winner of the third seed and 6th seed first round matchup; Atlanta currently holds the third seed one game ahead of 4th seed Boston with 3 games remaining.


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