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6-10 FG | 11-16 FT | 4 STL | 18 REB | 23 PTS | +16
It says a lot about Howard’s greatness as a player that he put up 23 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, and four steals, and it never felt like he made a big impact in the game. A good free-throw shooting performance was a sight for sore eyes, but he should have done more offensively. Ditto on defense. Howard’s effort defensively left a lot to be desired.
7-12 FG | 6-9 3P | 1 AST | 7 REB | 23 PTS | +14
During the broadcast on Sun Sports, there was a poll that asked who was the best power forward in Magic franchise history? The choices were Terry Catledge, Horace Grant, Rashard Lewis, and Anderson. Grant was the fan’s choice but if Anderson plays long enough in a uniform for Orlando, he has a chance to be the best. Anderson is that good of a player.
5-7 FG | 8-8 FT | 2 AST | 2 REB | 21 PTS | +15
This is about as good as Redick can play on offense. If you’ve ever been curious what is Redick’s peak as a player offensively, even though it was against the Washington Wizards, this game is a perfect example. His jumpshooting was on point (3-of-4 from three-point range) and he got to the free-throw line (8-of-8 from the free-throw line). His defense could have been a lot better though.
5-16 FG | 2-6 3P | 5 AST | 4 REB | 16 PTS | +5
For three quarters, Turkoglu was chucking up bad shots and playing porous defense. But in the fourth quarter, Turkoglu got his act together and ran 3/5 pick-and-rolls with Howard to perfection as the Magic were trying to put the game out of reach against the Wizards. When Turkoglu is engaged, as he was in the final period (scoring nine points), he can be quite good.
Despite being ranked 30th in Offensive Rating (dead last in the NBA), Washington had little trouble scoring against Orlando. That says a lot about the Magic’s energy and effort defensively — or lack thereof. In any case, the Wizards’ unsung heroes was the second unit consisting of Shelvin Mack, Jordan Crawford, Chris Singleton, Trevor Booker, and Kevin Seraphin. They played extremely well together.
Eddy Rivera is the Editor-in-Chief of Magic Basketball. Follow him on Twitter.