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.