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5-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 BLK | 14 REB | 11 PTS | +5
Matched up against Drew Gooden, Howard surprisingly didn’t play very well on offense. Throughout the game, it never seemed like he was ever comfortable in the post. A lot of times, he didn’t exhibit patience on the low block and in the process, rushed a lot of his hook shots. The rebounds and blocked shots were a bright spot, but the big fella could have played much better offensively.
11-18 FG | 9-11 3P | 2 STL | 4 REB | 31 PTS | +19
It can be argued, rather easily, that this was Richardson’s best game in a Magic uniform since joining the team. After scoring three points in the first half, Richardson exploded for 28 points in the third and fourth quarters. That’s 31 points in roughly 26 minutes of playing time. Richardson was in a groove on catch-and-shoot opportunities behind the three-point line, and he made the Milwaukee Bucks pay.
7-13 FG | 3-8 3P | 6 AST | 5 REB | 19 PTS | +17
Like Richardson, Turkoglu also got things going in the second half on offense. Most importantly, head coach Stan Van Gundy entrusted Turkoglu with the ball in crunch time to close out the game for the Orlando Magic. Running 3/5 pick-and-rolls with Howard on back-to-back possessions late in the fourth quarter, Turkoglu was able to make things happen and put the game away.
4-10 FG | 5-5 FT | 1 AST | 3 REB | 14 PTS | -14
With the Magic’s second unit struggling to score in the second quarter, Redick was willing and able to carry the load offensively. Scoring 10 of his 14 points in the period, he was able to do it mainly by attacking the rim. There’s a lot of aspects of his skill-set that are underrated. Being able to score off the dribble is something he can do.
When you think of the Bucks, the first name that probably pops into your head is Brandon Jennings. Well, Jennings had a minimal impact in the game, scoring seven points on 3-of-14 shooting from the field. Instead, it was the combination of Mike Dunleavy and Ersan Ilyasova off the bench for Milwaukee that picked up the slack, both playing with a positive liveliness about them.
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