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Apr 15

Second Look: Orlando Magic 125, Philadelphia 76ers 111

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  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Cameras flashed throughout the game as the sell-out crowd sensed the historic closing after the postseason. The club will begin play in October in the new Amway Center. Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting against the 76ers and Vince Carter added 17, going 4-of-5 from 3-point territory. Dwight Howard scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Matt Barnes had 12 points as Orlando shot a sizzling 59.8 percent. Orlando broke an NBA single-season record for most 3-pointers made, with 841, passing the 837 by the 2005-06 Phoenix Suns. “Sometimes, all anybody cares about is the playoffs and we know what that’s all about,” [Stan] Van Gundy said. “But what these guys have done for six-and-a- half months… it has been a very professional group of people.” Magic players, to a man, say they are ready to make a run at a title.”
  • John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “Just for old time sake Wednesday night, fans inside the sold-out Amway Arena broke out the wave one last time for a regular-season game. And fittingly enough, the Orlando Magic followed suit with a style that has worked wonders for them all season long. Three-pointers from practically every corner of the 21-year-old Amway Arena put the Magic in the NBA record books, and heavy doses of Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson on the outside and Dwight Howard on the inside helped Orlando throttle Philadelphia 125-111 and win for the 59th time this season.”
  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “Yes, the regular season wound to a close tonight with the successes listed above. But I don’t think coach Stan Van Gundy can be happy with the way his team closed the season on the defensive end of the floor. We like to have fun with Van Gundy when he burns timeouts in seemingly silly situations, but when Marreese Speights cut right down the center of the lane and threw down a nasty, one-handed slam early in the fourth period to cut Orlando’s lead to 23 points, Van Gundy was 100% right to call timeout immediately to try to wake his team up defensively. In the 82nd game, defensive breakdowns like that just shouldn’t happen. And that is, to me, the Magic’s biggest concern heading into the playoffs. While the team’s playing great ball for the most part, the defensive slippage here is too great to ignore. Since beating the Mavericks in Dallas two weeks ago, the Magic have allowed opponents to score 110.3 points per 100 possessions, which is much higher than league average, and much much higher than Orlando’s usual standard.”
  • Kate Fagan of The Philadelphia Inquirer: “On Wednesday night, almost six months after being tossed around by Orlando in the season opener, the Sixers bowed out of the 2009-10 season with a 125-111 loss to the Magic. In the season opener Oct. 28, Orlando won, 120-106. The Sixers finished the season 27-55; Orlando finished 59-23 and headed for the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Magic, who looked as if they were playing an exhibition game, a tune-up for the playoffs, led by as many as 28 points and ran their plays with clever smiles as if they knew the Sixers would trail a double screen or collapse to the middle on penetration. All over the court, guys in white jerseys were open.”
  • Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News: “The snowball started to roll on that squelching day in late October in Orlando. It mercifully ended last night in the last game to be played at Amway after 21 seasons, as a new, state-of-the-art arena will be ready next season. The Magic closed out the last regular season at the old arena in style. The Sixers again allowed the Magic to basically conduct a shooting practice – for the fourth time this season – as Orlando shot 59.8 percent from the floor (49-for-82). They also made 11 of 25 from three-point range, finishing their four wins against the Sixers shooting 58-for-108 (53.7 percent) from beyond the arc. That has been a problem all year for the team, an inability to correct shortcomings. [Eddie] Jordan often perplexed his players with his substitution patterns, and that led to confusion, frustration and, well, bad basketball.”
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