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11-18 FG | 3-8 FT | 4 BLK | 17 REB | 25 PTS | +21
After receiving one technical foul in the first 11 games, Howard has racked up two in as many games, earning one in tonight’s game. That trend needs to stop. Aside from that, Howard didn’t have too many troubles when matched up against Byron Mullens at center. Bismack Biyombo made things interesting, though, making Howard earn his points by being active defensively.
5-8 FG | 2-5 3P | 3 AST | 5 REB | 15 PTS | +11
Turkoglu dealt with foul trouble in the first half and also earned a technical foul, like Howard, after disagreeing with his third foul in the second quarter. Despite a lack of playing time and facing off against one of the better perimeter defenders in the NBA (Gerald Henderson), Turkoglu made his impact felt in the fourth quarter once again for the Magic.
5-8 FG | 1-2 3P | 1 AST | 3 REB | 13 PTS | +9
With Redick struggling to get anything going offensively, Wafer stepped up for Orlando and was able to score 13 points on eight shots. As such, Van Gundy chose to roll with Wafer during crunch time in the fourth quarter. But before Magic fans get crazy, just remember that Wafer scored four quick points in the second quarter as he was defended by Matt Carroll.
5-8 FG | 6-7 FT | 4 AST | 2 REB | 17 PTS | +10
Nelson’s box score is deceiving because six of his points came near the end of regulation as the Bobcats were fouling to try to extend the game. In reality, when the game was still being decided, Nelson had 11 points. That said, Van Gundy went with the 1/5 pick-and-roll with Nelson and Howard in crunch time and the move paid off for the Magic.
Only Henderson made much of an impact, getting Turkoglu in foul trouble in the first and second quarters, then making shots in the latter stages of the fourth quarter for the Bobcats. Among Charlotte’s reserves, Biyombo stood out with a stellar performance — 10 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks in roughly 21 minutes of playing time. Biyombo is an impressive rookie.
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