Magic Basketball | - Part 49

Apr 19

Behold, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year

Photo taken by Fernando Medina

Via the Orlando Magic:

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard becomes the first player to win three consecutive Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards in NBA history, only Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace, with four each, have won the award more times. Howard received the award on Monday, April 18 in a press conference at Amway Center.

Apr 16

Preview: Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic, Game 1

7:00 EDT | ESPN
44-38 @ 52-30
Pythagorean Record: 39-43 Pythagorean Record: 56-26
Pace: 89.3 (27th) Pace: 91.4 (17th)
Offensive Rating: 106.1 (20th) Offensive Rating: 107.7 (14th)
Defensive Rating: 107.0 (13th) Defensive Rating: 101.8 (3rd)
Amway Center | Hawks won season series 3-1

Apr 14

Dwight Howard earns Aleve-Publix ‘Hustle Player of the Year’ honors

AP Photo/John Raoux

Via the Orlando Magic:

Dwight Howard was named the Aleve-Publix ‘Hustle Player of the Year’ at halftime of the Orlando Magic’s regular season finale Wednesday evening against the Indiana Pacers. At the close of each month this season, Aleve has highlighted the top hustle plays of the month in-game and has allowed Magic fans the opportunity to go online to OrlandoMagic.com to vote for the player they felt showed the most heart and hustle. Due to his constant commitment to playing every game with more excitement than the last, Howard was selected as the recipient of the 2010-11 Aleve-Publix ‘Hustle Player of the Year’ honor.

Howard accepted the award from Larry Bond with Bayer Healthcare, who represented Aleve, and Maria Brous with Publix Super Markets. In honor of Howard’s accomplishments, Bayer Healthcare is donating $5,000 to CECO – the Conductive Education Center of Orlando. CECO is also a 2011 grant recipient from the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund.

Apr 14

Complete Orlando Magic first round playoff schedule announced

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

Via the Orlando Magic:

The National Basketball Association has announced the complete schedule for the Orlando Magic’s first round, best-of-seven playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks:

Game 1 – Saturday, April 16, 7:00 p.m., Sun Sports/ESPN (Orlando, Amway Center)

Game 2 – Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m., FOX Sports Florida/NBA TV (Orlando, Amway Center)

Game 3 – Friday, April 22, 8:00 p.m., FOX Sports Florida/ESPN 2 and ESPN 3D (Atlanta)

Game 4 – Sunday, April 24, 7:00 p.m., Sun Sports/TNT (Atlanta)

Game 5 – Tuesday, April 26, Time TBD, FOX Sports Florida/National TV TBD, (Orlando, Amway Center), If necessary

Game 6 – Thursday, April 28, Time TBD, Local TV TBD/National TV TBD (Atlanta), If necessary

Game 7 – Saturday, April 30, Time TBD, Local TV TBD/TNT (Orlando, Amway Center), If necessary

  • All Times Eastern
  • All games on Magic Radio Network (Flagship: AM 580 WDBO) and in Spanish (AM 1270 WRLZ).
  • Local Sun Sports/FOX Sports Florida Television Schedule TBA.

While supplies last, single game tickets for the 2011 Orlando Magic playoffs are available for purchase:

  • Online at www.orlandomagic.com
  • At the Amway Center box office (cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover)
  • At all TicketMaster outlets (cash only)
  • By calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover)

Playoff tickets start at $12.

Apr 13

Preview: Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic

8:00 EDT | Fox Sports Florida
37-44 @ 51-30
Pythagorean Record: 38-43 Pythagorean Record: 55-26
Pace: 94.7 (6th) Pace: 91.3 (17th)
Offensive Rating: 105.2 (23rd) Offensive Rating: 107.9 (14th)
Defensive Rating: 106.1 (12th) Defensive Rating: 102.1 (3rd)
Amway Center | Magic lead season series 2-0

Apr 13

Orlando Magic playoff opener announced

AP Photo/Rich Addicks

Via the Orlando Magic:

The National Basketball Association has announced that the Orlando Magic will begin its 2011 first round, best-of-seven NBA playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, April 16th at 7 p.m. at the Amway Center. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN and locally by either Sun Sports or FOX Sports Florida. Orlando will host Games 1 and 2, and if necessary Games 5 and 7.

The remainder of the first round series schedule will be announced at a later time.

All games will be broadcast on the Magic Radio Network (Flagship: AM 580 WDBO) and in Spanish (AM 1270 WRLZ).

While supplies last, single game tickets for the 2011 Orlando Magic playoffs are available for purchase:

  • Online at www.orlandomagic.com
  • At the Amway Center box office (cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover)
  • At all TicketMaster outlets (cash only)
  • By calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover)

Playoff tickets start at $12.

Apr 12

Dwight Howard and rebounds

Apr 12

Dwight Howard gives Jrue a poster for the holidays

Apr 11

Recap: Orlando Magic 95, Philadelphia 76ers 85

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

BOX SCORE

Sparked by Dwight Howard‘s return to the starting lineup, the Orlando Magic were able to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers by the score of 95-85 in a game that was more lopsided than the end result indicates. Although the win was meaningless in the sense that the Magic are locked in to the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, it does give them a chance to finish the regular season at 52-30. That would give Orlando a stretch of four seasons under head coach Stan Van Gundy in which they finished with records of 52-30, 59-23, 59-23, and 52-30 — a symmetrical four-year stretch for those that are into that sort of thing. The Magic were led by a balanced attack, as four players scored in double-figures. Howard finished with a modest stat-line of 19 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and three blocks but he got the internet abuzz when he posterized Jrue Holiday in the third quarter on a fastbreak, easily one of the best dunks of the year in the NBA. The transition dunk was triggered after Jason Richardson scooped up a loose ball, zipped it up to Jameer Nelson, and from there it was showtime. Nelson eluded Holiday in the open court, then sprinted down the right side and lobbed the basketball up for Howard. For whatever reason, Holiday tried to intercept the pass but it was too late, as Howard caught the ball and dunked on Holiday with such anger, such fury, such hatred, that the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center awoke and responded with emotions involving disbelief and pleasure. For a split second, Holiday shared a timeless moment with Howard that will live on in infamy. Nelson’s return to the Philadelphia treated him well, as he finished with 19 points, seven assists, and two steals. Ryan Anderson continues to play at a high level, contributing with 18 points, 14 rebounds, and two steals in roughly 22 minutes of action coming off the bench as the sixth man. Richardson chipped in with 12 points, five rebounds, and three steals.

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Apr 11

Preview: Orlando Magic at Philadelphia 76ers

7:00 EDT | NBA TV
50-30 @ 41-39
Pythagorean Record: 55-25 Pythagorean Record: 45-35
Pace: 91.4 (17th) Pace: 91.7 (16th)
Offensive Rating: 107.9 (14th) Offensive Rating: 106.8 (19th)
Defensive Rating: 102.2 (3rd) Defensive Rating: 104.9 (9th)
Wells Fargo Center | Magic lead season series 2-1
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