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6-17 FG | 5-13 FT | 2 BLK | 11 REB | 17 PTS | -14
Howard shot 6-of-17 from the field against Tony Battie and Elton Brand and went 5-of-13 from the free-throw line. That should not be happening. What else shouldn’t be happening? Howard getting blocked by Brand. That happened in the fourth quarter when Howard put up a weak attempt at a lefty hook, and Brand proceeded to block the shot with authority. Much to the delight of Sixers fans.
6-13 FG | 0-4 3P | 0 AST | 20 REB | 14 PTS | +5
Kudos to Anderson for playing hard until the end, even when the game was — more or less — decided long before the final buzzer sounded. Anderson couldn’t get his jumpshot going, so he attacked the rim to make up for it. That and he outrebounded Howard (20 to 11) despite the fact that the big fella played approximately 37 minutes. Anderson played roughly 27 minutes by comparison.
3-13 FG | 3-5 3P | 2 AST | 5 REB | 10 PTS | -13
Redick couldn’t get much of anything going on offense against the Philadelphia 76ers. It wasn’t like the Sixers bottled him up for the entire game either. Redick just missed a ton of easy shots, many of them coming in the painted area, that he normally makes. Redick’s funk against the Sixers was a microcosm of the Magic’s struggles as a team.
1-9 FG | 1-5 3P | 1 AST | 3 REB | 3 PTS | -10
For the first month of the regular season, Turkoglu was legitimately playing some brilliant basketball. He was “Mr. Fourth Quarter” and coming through for Orlando in crunch time with a fair amount of regularity. Now? Turkoglu looks as disengaged as he’s ever been in his career. It’s showing up in his shot selection (which has been horrendous lately) more than anything else.
Philadelphia didn’t play particularly well. The Magic were just that bad. Surely head coach Doug Collins will be pleased with the Sixers’ defensive performance, but they could have performed leaps and bounds better on offense. Perhaps the player of the game for Philadelphia was Andre Iguodala. His strong third quarter (7 points and excellent defense) allowed the Sixers to take firm control of the game.
Eddy Rivera is the Editor-in-Chief of Magic Basketball. Follow him on Twitter.