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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Game 3 ECSF: Magic 105, Hawks 75... Magic lead series 3-0


The Orlando Magic are one win away from their second consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearance with yet another dominating performance against Atlanta, as the Hawks never had the lead in this game with the Magic solidly outshooting and outrebounding the Hawks. Five Magic players finished in double figures, with Rashard Lewis leading the way with 22 points on 8 of 13 shooting.

The last tie of the game was 11-11 with 6:49 left in the first when the Magic went on a 17-7 run and led 28-18 after one. The Magic maintained their double digit lead throughout the second quarter, and finished the quarter on a 9-2 run to lead comfortably 52-33 at the half. The Hawks, who were 34-7 at home this season, figured to make a run in the second half but never did, as the Magic continued to extend their lead in the third quarter and led by as much as 77-51 with under two minutes remaining before settling for a 79-55 after three. The Hawks never got closer than 21 points in the final quarter, and the Magic's largest lead was 90-59 at the 7:41 mark. The Magic cruised on to the 30 point win.

Magic leading scorers

Rashard Lewis: 22 points (8 of 13 FGs, 4 of 7 3 PT FGs), 5 rebounds
Dwight Howard: 21 points (6 of 8 FGs, 9 of 18 FTs), 16 rebounds
Jameer Nelson: 14 points (4 of 9 FGs, 5 of 6 FTs), 5 rebounds, 4 assists
Mickael Pietrus (bench): (4 of 10 FGs, 3 of 7 3 PT FGs), 4 rebounds
Matt Barnes: 11 points (5 of 9 FGs), 4 rebounds, 2 blocks

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 50.7% (36 of 71) ATL 34.9% (29 of 83)
3 PT FG%: ORL 34.5% (10 of 29) ATL 26.7% (4 of 15)
FT%: ATL 68.4% (13 of 19) ORL 67.6% (23 of 34)
REB: ORL 51 (10 offensive) ATL 34 (12 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 21/9 ATL 9/8
BENCH: ORL 30 ATL 28

Other game notes and stats:

-Three Hawks finished in double figures, led by reserve Jamal Crawford with 22 points; Josh Smith added a double/double with 15 points, 11 rebounds and Al Horford scored 11 points with 8 rebounds
-Hawks' All-Star SG Joe Johnson was held to 8 points on 3 of 15 shooting
-Horford led the Hawks with 3 assists
-No Hawks' player shot 50% or better
-The Magic starters outscored the Hawks' starters 75-47
-Vince Carter was the only Magic starter not to finish in double figures with 7 points on 2 of 5 shooting, but deferred to the other players and had 3 assists
-Other than Crawford, the Hawks' reserves scored a combined 6 points on 3 of 11 shooting
-The Magic reserves outrebounded the Hawks' reserves 18-6, with Marcin Gortat and Ryan Anderson each grabbing 6 boards
-Lewis (35:44) and Howard (38:22) were the only Magic players to play over 30 minutes: Howard finished with 4 fouls

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

3 Comments:

  • At 11:48 PM, Blogger Kyle Mountain said…

    http://kylesshow.blogspot.com/2010/05/nba-playoffs-why-lebron-and-kobe-could.html

    i love the way the magic are playing right now... The got a great shot to win it all this year.

     
  • At 5:46 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    And to think the Magic were favored by just 2 1/2 points to win the game!

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record... another dominant Magic performance!

    The Magic really broke Atlanta's spirit early and never gave the Hawks a chance to get back in the game. As a result, the home crowd was never into the game at all as evidenced by the frequent booing of the fans.

    I feel pretty foolish that before the series started, I predicted the Hawks would win one game in this series; Magic should complete the sweep Monday night.

     
  • At 11:41 AM, Blogger Kyle Mountain said…

    I totally agree with you. And Atlanta is normally a very good home team too. Teams just can't keep up with the depth that Orlando has. They just keep coming at you the whole game. And after this series they'll be nice and rested, and the Celtics and Cavs will be pretty beat up at the end of their series I'm assuming. Should make for another Finals run by the Magic.

     

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