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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Game review: Magic (58-23) 118, Pacers (32-49) 98

The Magic continue to play well as the season nears a close, winning their fifth game in a row as they led from start to finish. Seven players scored in double figures, led by Vince Carter with 21 points.

The Magic led 11-9 in the first quarter before going on a 19-2 run to go ahead 30-11 on their way to a 42-18 lead after the first quarter, tying their highest output for a quarter for the season. The Magic maintained their big lead for the first six minutes of the second quarter, leading 56-32 with 6:12 remaining in the half before the Pacers went on a 19-4 run to briefly cut the Magic lead to single digits 60-51 before the Magic led at the half 65-51. The Magic put the game away in the third quarter, as they went on a 19-7 run to start the quarter to lead 84-58 at the 3:17 mark before settling for a 90-70 lead after three. The Pacers could get no closer than 17 points in the final quarter.

Magic leading scorers

Vince Carter: 21 points (5 of 11 FGs, 11 of 11 FTs), 4 rebounds
Jameer Nelson: 15 points (5 of 10 FGs, 2 of 6 3 PT FGs), 8 assists, 7 rebounds
Rashard Lewis: 14 points (3 of 8 FGs, 3 of 6 3 PT FGs), 6 rebounds, 2 steals
Matt Barnes: 13 points (4 of 10 FGs), 11 rebounds, 3 steals
Dwight Howard: 12 points (4 of 6 FGs, 4 of 10 FTs), 11 rebounds, 4 blocks
J.J Redick (bench): 11 points (4 of 6 FGs), 6 assists
Ryan Anderson (bench): 10 points (4 of 4 FGs, 2 of 2 3 PT FGs)

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 48.1% (37 of 77) IND 40.9% (36 of 88)
3 PT FG%: ORL 37.5% (12 of 32) IND 34.5% (10 of 29)
FT%: ORL 74.4% (32 of 43) IND 66.7% (16 of 24)
REB: ORL 53 (7 offensive) IND 38 (9 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 22/17 IND 20/14

Other game stats and notes:

-Five Pacers' scored in double figures, led by reserve A.J. Price with 19 points; Danny Granger and Mike Dunleavy added 18 points apiece
-Three Magic starters played over 30 minutes, led by Matt Barnes with 37 minutes
-The Magic only made one more field goal than the Pacers and outscored them 86-82 from the field, but had a 32-16 advantage from the free throw line
-Granger needed 19 shots to score his 18 points, and went just 1 for 8 on three pointers
-The Magic starting guards outscored the Pacers' starting guards 36-16
-Mickael Pietrus had 4 steals in 18 minutes off the bench for the Magic in addition to 9 points
-Brandon Bass and Anthony Johnson did not play for the Magic
-The Magic will play the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round

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


  • At 1:36 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Great seeing the Magic heading into the playoffs on a roll, unlike last season when they stumbled near the end.

  • At 6:37 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I second the fact that Magic is heading into play-offs on a roll. I still don't feel comfortable with Rashard's consistency, but hold that will be fixed going into the second round. On a side note, I feel that with MIA earning the 5th seed, CLE will have a more difficult second round match. Adding to that, I am still hoping that TOR is done and CHI will give CLE a more competitive first round series. We will know more after tonight's match between CHI and BOS. CHI still has a difficult game with CHA but that is meaningless to CHA (I think). IF CHI loses tonight, they have to win against CHA and TOR have to lose to NY.

  • At 10:58 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    I was curious what's the situation with MIL and CHA? If MIL loses tonight and CHA wins they will have identical records of win/loss.

  • At 4:50 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    From what I understand, the Bobcats have clinched the seventh seed, regardless of the outcome of tonight's games, so tonight's game is meaningless for them.


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