Magic Basketball | - Part 57

Jan 22

Recap: Orlando Magic 112, Toronto Raptors 72

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack


Facing off against Hedo Turkoglu‘s former team, the Orlando Magic were able to defeat the Toronto Raptors by the score of 112-72. The game was close for a half before the Magic outscored the Raptors by 36 points to turn things into a blowout and allow head coach Stan Van Gundy a chance to rest the starters in the fourth quarter with a game against the Houston Rockets looming later tonight. Dwight Howard led the way for Orlando, finishing with 31 points, 19 rebounds, and getting dunk after dunk throughout the evening. There was little that Toronto’s frontline could do to stop Howard on offense. Ryan Anderson continues his stellar play as of late, contributing with 21 points and 10 rebounds. J.J. Redick chipped in with 12 points, while Brandon Bass had 10 points and nine rebounds.

This game was a blowout for a number of reasons.

First, as mentioned previously, the Raptors did little to prevent Howard from doing whatever he wanted offensively.

Whether it was Howard scoring with ease in 3-out/2-in offensive sets when he posted up on the low block, getting alley-oop feeds from Jameer Nelson for dunks, earning deep post position whenever he was in transition and converting on hook shots, crashing the offensive glass and racking up buckets in that manner, it was one of those nights where everything came easy for the big fella.

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Jan 21

Preview: Toronto Raptors at Orlando Magic

7:00 EDT | Fox Sports Florida
13-29 @ 27-15
Pythagorean Record: 15-27 Pythagorean Record: 28-14
Pace: 94.0 (8th) Pace: 92.1 (17th)
Offensive Rating: 106.5 (16th) Offensive Rating: 107.7 (13th)
Defensive Rating: 111.1 (26th) Defensive Rating: 102.3 (4th)
Amway Center | Raptors lead season series 1-0

Jan 19

Preview: Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando Magic

7:00 EDT | Sun Sports
17-23 @ 26-15
Pythagorean Record: 19-21 Pythagorean Record: 28-13
Pace: 91.3 (19th) Pace: 92.0 (17th)
Offensive Rating: 105.2 (21st) Offensive Rating: 108.1 (11th)
Defensive Rating: 105.7 (14th) Defensive Rating: 102.6 (5th)
Amway Center | Sixers lead season series 1-0

Jan 17

Preview: Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics

8:00 EST | TNT
26-14 @ 30-9
Pythagorean Record: 27-13 Pythagorean Record: 29-10
Pace: 92.2 (18th) Pace: 90.8 (21st)
Offensive Rating: 107.7 (12th) Offensive Rating: 108.8 (10th)
Defensive Rating: 102.0 (3rd) Defensive Rating: 100.5 (2nd)
TD Garden | Magic lead season series 1-0

Jan 16

Recap: Orlando Magic 108, Minnesota Timberwolves 99

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Snapping a two-game losing streak, the Orlando Magic were able to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves by the score of 108-99. The Magic were led by a balanced attack, as five players scored in double-figures. Dwight Howard paved the way in the win, finishing with 16 points, nine rebounds, and three steals. Jason Richardson and J.J. Redick each had 21 points. Ryan Anderson was stellar off the bench, contributing with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and two steals. Brandon Bass chipped in with 10 points, though it’s important to note that he’s been struggling with his jumpshot lately. That’s something to keep an eye on, given that Orlando has an important matchup with the Boston Celtics on Monday.

There’s not a lot to talk about with this victory.

Maybe it’s because the Magic were playing the Timberwolves or looking ahead to their game against the Celtics, but they played with little energy and effort in the first half. Orlando trailed by five points at halftime and it seemed like they were well on their way to putting the finishing touches on an embarrassing loss.¬†Fortunately for the Magic, they woke up in the third quarter and were able to take control of the game fairly quickly.

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Jan 15

Preview: Orlando Magic at Minnesota Timberwolves

8:00 EST | Fox Sports Florida
25-14 @ 10-30
Pythagorean Record: 26-13 Pythagorean Record: 13-27
Pace: 92.0 (18th) Pace: 96.9 (1st)
Offensive Rating: 107.6 (13th) Offensive Rating: 105.1 (21st)
Defensive Rating: 102.0 (4th) Defensive Rating: 110.7 (26th)
Target Center | Magic lead season series 1-0

Jan 13

Preview: Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder

8:00 EST | TNT
25-13 @ 26-13
Pythagorean Record: 26-12 Pythagorean Record: 22-17
Pace: 92.0 (18th) Pace: 93.4 (10th)
Offensive Rating: 106.9 (13th) Offensive Rating: 109.3 (9th)
Defensive Rating: 101.1 (4th) Defensive Rating: 107.3 (16th)
Ford Center | First meeting this season

Jan 13

Dwight Howard leads the Eastern Conference in voting after fourth returns of 2011 NBA All-Star balloting

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Via the Orlando Magic:

Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic leads the Eastern Conference in voting after the fourth returns of 2011 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile were announced today. Howard ranks second overall in voting for the entire NBA behind only Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant, The Finals MVP last season, is the overall leader with 1,757,216 votes, while Howard paces the East with 1,537,619 votes.

This marks the final balloting update. Starters will be announced live on TNT on Jan. 27, during a special one-hour pregame show at 7 P.M. ET featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. Following the completion of fan voting and the starting line-up announcement, the head coaches in each conference will vote to determine the remaining All-Stars in their respective conference, which will be announced Thursday, Feb 3, prior to a TNT doubleheader.

The 2011 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.

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Jan 12

Preview: Orlando Magic at New Orleans Hornets

8:00 EST | Fox Sports Florida
25-12 @ 22-16
Pythagorean Record: 26-11 Pythagorean Record: 21-17
Pace: 92.2 (18th) Pace: 89.5 (28th)
Offensive Rating: 107.3 (13th) Offensive Rating: 104.7 (22nd)
Defensive Rating: 101.3 (4th) Defensive Rating: 102.7 (6th)
New Orleans Arena | Magic lead season series 1-0

Jan 11

Orlando Magic bring home three major awards from NBA Sales & Marketing Meetings

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Via the Orlando Magic:

The Orlando Magic received three major awards at the 2010 NBA Sales and Marketing Meetings held in Brooklyn, New York on January 11. The organization was awarded:

  • A “10,000 Season Tickets Sold Award” – awarded for selling more than 10,000 full season tickets
  • A “2,000 New Season Tickets Sold Award” – awarded for selling more than 2,000 new full season tickets this season
  • A sponsorship Performance Award for having more than 40 sponsors in the Top 50 corporate partnership categories that exceed the league average. This is the first time in club history that the team has been recognized with this award.

The Magic currently have more than 14,000 season ticket holders, the most in franchise history. Orlando’s corporate partnership roster – anchored by its “Champions of the Community” platform – is also a franchise record. Throughout the meetings the Magic was used in best practice examples in everything from digital media to original content to sponsor activation to customer service practices.

In moving in the new Amway Center this season, the Magic continued its efforts in regard to affordable tickets. Entering the 2010-11 season, Orlando had 2,500 seats priced $15 or less, 7,000 seats priced $25 or less, and 10,000 seats priced $50 or under per game. Also, for the first time ever, the Magic introduced a $5 per game ticket with more than 600 available per game.

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