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9-15 FG | 3-5 FT | 7 REB | 3 BLK | 21 PTS | +4
It was a good performance from Howard. The Houston Rockets didn’t have the personnel to stop him and it showed in the box score. He probably could have done more damage offensively but the Rockets were content to send extra bodies at him whenever he got closer to the basket. On the flipside, He should’ve had more than seven rebounds but that’s a minor quibble.
10-14 FG | 3-4 3P | 4 AST | 6 REB | 23 PTS | +8
Turkoglu was the star of the game for the Orlando Magic. Excuse Magic fans if they thought they were in the twilight zone and watching game footage of 2009 because that’s precisely the player that he looked like. He did an excellent job of being both a shot creator and playmaker on offense. Thirteen points in the fourth quarter was icing on the cake.
8-12 FG | 3-4 3P | 2 AST | 2 REB | 20 PTS | +5
Although Turkoglu deserves most of the praise, Redick was stellar in his own right coming off the bench. If you were watching the game, it didn’t seem like he scored 20 points but he did. One of the plays of the game came late in the second quarter, as Redick executed a backdoor cut and made a layup off a 1/5 pick-and-roll with Nelson and Howard.
5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 AST | 4 REB | 13 PTS | +4
Davis played okay. One of the things that differentiates Davis from Brandon Bass, and it was noticeable against Houston, is their mid-range jumpshooting. This should come as no surprise but Davis really is an inconsistent shooter. When Bass went up for a shot, you knew it was going in more often than not. You don’t get that same feeling when Davis attempts a jumper.
At one point, it appeared as if Houston’s frontline was going to feature Pau Gasol and Nene. That didn’t happen after the three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers and Gasol to the Rockets was voided, which would have created cap space for Nene. Instead, the Rockets had to settle for Samuel Dalembert in the offseason.