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9-15 FG | 6-10 FT | 3 BLK | 25 REB | 24 PTS | +8
Matched up primarily against Tim Duncan, Howard had a field day on offense. That goes to show that, at 35 years old and playing on a back-to-back to boot, Duncan is far removed from the days in which he could contain the big fella. Howard generated most of his points offensively in 4-out/1-in offensive sets and also from offensive rebounds. It was a dominant performance.
3-13 FG | 1-6 3P | 1 AST | 11 REB | 17 PTS | 0
Anderson just couldn’t get anything going on the perimeter, shooting 1-of-6 from three-point range. Tired legs maybe? Nevertheless, he was able to compensate by attacking the rim and drawing fouls. That’s why, despite shooting 3-of-13 from the field, he was still able to score 17 points. Those are the types of things that are encouraging to see when someone is struggling with their shot.
6-11 FG | 3-5 3P | 1 AST | 1 REB | 15 PTS | 0
For a second straight game, Wafer was a spark plug coming off the bench for the Magic. In the first half, he was the only perimeter player for Orlando that could do anything on offense, scoring 11 points efficiently. After slowing down in the second half, his layup in crunch time in overtime was a positive but his missed chance at a three-point play was a negative.
4-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 1 AST | 3 REB | 13 PTS | +3
Redick didn’t really have much going for himself until late in the fourth quarter and early in overtime when he scored eight points rather quickly. With Turkoglu out and Jameer Nelson struggling mightily, the Magic leaned on Redick to be the go-to scorer on the perimeter. And had he not taken an extra dribble with time expiring in overtime, he would have done the job with a game-winning three-pointer.
|San Antonio Spurs
Like Orlando, the San Antonio Spurs entered the game tired (playing on a back-to-back) and hobbled (missing Manu Ginobili to injury). And like the Magic, the Spurs struggled to play with any effectiveness for long stretches in the game. Fortunately for head coach Gregg Popovich, he was able to rely primarily on Tony Parker and Duncan to lead the team to victory.
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