The Orlando Magic were able to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers by the score of 110-95 to extend their winning streak to four games. It was a competitive game for three quarters, but the Magic were able to blow things wide open in the fourth quarter and put the Cavaliers away for good. Orlando was led by a balanced attack, as six players scored in double-figures. Gilbert Arenas led the way for the Magic coming off the bench, finishing with 22 points, 11 assists, six rebounds, and three steals — it’s only the third time, since 1995, that a player came off the bench and had at least 20-plus points, 11-plus assists, and five rebounds (the other players to do it were Magic Johnson and Sam Cassell). Needless to say, Arenas lived up to his billing as sixth man extraordinaire. Jason Richardson had his long overdue breakout game in an Orlando uniform, putting up 20 points, five rebounds, and two steals. J.J. Redick had 14 points, while Dwight Howard and Earl Clark had 12 points each. Lastly, Jameer Nelson chipped in with 13 points, six assists, five rebounds, and two steals.
For the Magic, three-point shooting was the story of the night.
Orlando made a season-high 19 threes, which helped mask porous defense that was an issue throughout the game. Head coach Stan Van Gundy won’t like the effort his players put forth defensively, especially against one of the worst offensive units in the NBA. That’s Cleveland. But the Magic’s execution on offense — thanks in part to the Cavaliers’ own struggles on defense — was excellent, aside from a slow third quarter when they scored 15 points.
In the other periods, Orlando scored at least 30 points or more.
The Orlando Magic were able to defeat the New Jersey Nets by the score of 104-88 to win their third consecutive game of the regular season. Only snow en route to the Prudential Center could stop the Magic from doing whatever they wanted against the Nets. Orlando was led by a balanced attack, as six players scored in double-figures. Dwight Howard led the Magic with 19 points, 13 rebounds, and six blocks. Hedo Turkoglu, who looks rejuvenated with Orlando, finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. J.J. Redick contributed off the bench with 15 points, while Jason Richardson had 14 points. Ryan Anderson, firmly in the rotation after the Magic’s trades, put up 10 points and 12 rebounds. Brandon Bass continued his mid-range shooting display, finishing with 11 points. Head coach Stan Van Gundy has been going with an eight-man rotation and it’s becoming clear, after a hectic month of December, that order is slowly restoring as Orlando heads into the new year with much different roster than which they started with in 2010.
This was an easy win for the Magic.
New Jersey put up a fight in the first half, trailing by seven at halftime. But Orlando was able to impose their will and blow the game wide open in the fourth quarter, in which their lead ballooned by as many as 23 points.
Photo by Fernando Medina
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The holiday spirit will be taking over Amway Center on December 25, as the Orlando Magic and Walt Disney World Resort are teaming up to create a magical holiday experience when the Magic face the Boston Celtics at 2:30 p.m. The first 5,000 fans in attendance will be treated to a special giveaway, which will include Orlando Magic rally rackets and tote bags from Disney.
The Magic, who hold a 4-1 record at home when playing on Christmas Day, will be taking on the Celtics in Orlando on Christmas Day for the second consecutive year. The meeting between the two teams will mark the eighth holiday contest for Orlando and the third consecutive season the Magic have shared the holiday with their fans.
In addition, The Orlando Magic will celebrate Christmas in a BIG way for a third consecutive year, surprising a local family during halftime. The Magic and team partners will shower a family of eight with gifts and other items to assist them through difficult times.
Other highlights of the Christmas Day activities include:
- Larger than life inflatables of Snowman Mickey and Minnie outside the Amway Center will welcome guests.
- The Voices of Liberty from Epcot will perform the National Anthem, sing carols in the Disney Atrium prior to the game and perform at halftime.
- Mickey Mouse will make a surprise guest appearance
- A pregame gift exchange, where all players will be giving gifts to members of the Disney Boys & Girls Club following the National Anthem.
- Prior to tip-off, an Orlando Magic player will address the crowd.
- Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be roaming the concourses to take photos with fans throughout the day.
- A holiday-themed Fan Fest will open at 12:30 p.m. on the north side of the arena.
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