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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Game review: Magic (59-23) 125, 76ers (27-55) 111


The Magic achieved some milestones in their last regular season game ever at Amway Arena. They set the all-time NBA record for three pointers in a season with 841 and clinched the second-best record in the NBA, and Dwight Howard clinched the rebounding and blocked shots title for the second straight season, which has never been done before.

The Magic never trailed in the game. After a 10-10 tie, the Magic went on a 27-10 run as they shot an unbelievable 83% in the first quarter to lead 37-20 after one. The Magic led by as many as 47-25 in the second quarter before the 76ers went on a 20-8 run to cut their deficit to 10 points before the Magic went into the half with a 63-50 lead. The 76ers briefly came to within 10 points again early in the third quarter before the Magic blew the game wide open with a 28-11 run to lead by 27 and led 93-70 after three quarters. The Magic's lead was as big as 102-74 in the fourth quarter and the Magic still led by 21 points with 1:35 remaining.

Magic leading scorers

Jameer Nelson: 21 points (9 of 13 FGs, 3 of 5 3 PT FGs), 4 assists
Vince Carter: 17 points (6 of 8 FGs, 4 of 5 3 PT FGs), 6 assists
Marcin Gortat (bench): 16 points (5 of 6 FGs), 6 rebounds
Dwight Howard: 15 points (6 of 8 FGs), 12 rebounds
Matt Barnes: 12 points (6 of 10 FGs), 5 rebounds
Brandon Bass (bench): 10 points (4 of 5 FGs)

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 59.8% (49 of 82) PHI 51.8% (43 of 83)
3 PT FG%: ORL 44% (11 of 25) PHI 31.6% (6 of 19)
FT%: ORL 80% (16 of 20) PHI 79.2% (19 of 24)
REB: ORL 39 (8 offensive) PHI 31 (9 offensive)
AST/TO: PHI 23/8 ORL 21/12
BENCH: PHI 64 ORL 51

Other game notes and stats:

-Six players scored in double figures for Philadelphia, led by Marresse Speights in reserve with 23 points, 8 rebounds
-The Magic starters outscored the 76ers' starters 74-47
-Rashard Lewis was the only Magic starter not to score in double figures, as he wound up with 9 points on 2 of 8 shooting
-Other than Lewis, the Magic starters shot a combined 27 of 39
-Carter and Nelson combined to shoot 7 of 10 on threes
-No Magic starter played more than 29:25, as all 12 players saw action; only Jason Williams and Anthony Johnson did not score

The Magic will open the playoffs this weekend at home against the Charlotte Bobcats, with Game 1 being played Sunday at 5:30 PM and will be televised on TNT.

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

7 Comments:

  • At 1:26 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Great way for the Magic to close out the season, winning 6 in a row and 21 of their last 24 games.

    All the starters except for Rashard are at the top of their games, as are the key reserves, also.

    I expect the Magic defense to play much better once the playoffs start.

    More on the Bobcats in the next day or two.

     
  • At 12:16 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Great season guys!!! Congrats to the players and coaches!!! I fully expect the magic to sink their teeth in the gameplan to beat the bobcats. The bobcats put it on the magic the last time they played so i expect a much better effort this time around.

     
  • At 2:26 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    As good as a defensive team CHA is Magic is better defensively. CHA's offense, on the other side, is just about average while Magic is in a great offensive rhythm. If Dwight doesn't get frustrated on the offensive end, this series would not be even close.

     
  • At 2:44 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Did I hear right over at yohoo.com Kenny Smith predicting the Hawks will be in the Eastern Conference Finals?? These guys get more absurd every day!

     
  • At 7:50 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Wow... I didn't hear that one!

    I guess it doesn't mean much to some people that the Magic had the best record in the NBA after the All-Star Break (23-5), and that the Magic won 21 of their final 24 games.

     
  • At 11:04 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Are you referring to Kenny (the JET) Smith? That guy is as much as a joke as some others with that same last name.

     
  • At 11:08 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    The funniest article which I have recently read was Mike Bianchi's where he is talking about Four Horsemen of the Magic. As far as I know, Four Horsemen of Apocalypse bring death and destruction. What a brown-nose idiot!

     

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