Magic Basketball | - Part 78

Apr 12

Recap: Orlando Magic 118, Indiana Pacers 98

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BOX SCORE

In a game that was pretty much over with in the first quarter, the Orlando Magic were able to defeat the Indiana Pacers by the score of 118-98 for their fifth win in a row. As an aside, the Magic now know their first round opponent is the Charlotte Bobcats after the Miami Heat beat the Philadelphia 76ers to assure that the Bobcats get the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. Anyways, seven players scored in double-figures for the Magic but it was the starters that led a balanced attack against the Pacers when things mattered. Orlando’s starting backcourt played well, in particular, as Vince Carter had 21 points on 11 shots and Jameer Nelson had 15 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and only two turnovers. Indiana’s lone star, Danny Granger, was held to 18 points on 19 shots.

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Apr 12

Preview: Orlando Magic at Indiana Pacers

7:00 EDT | Sun Sports
57-23 @ 32-48
Pythagorean Record: 59-21 Pythagorean Record: 32-48
Pace: 91.9 (18th) Pace: 97.0 (2nd)
Offensive Rating: 110.0 (6th) Offensive Rating: 103.9 (26th)
Defensive Rating: 103.1 (3rd) Defensive Rating: 106.8 (13th)
Conseco Fieldhouse | Magic lead season series 2-1

Apr 12

Orlando’s Dwight Howard Named NBA Eastern Player of the Week

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Via the Orlando Magic:

[Dwight] Howard averaged 21.3 points on .730 shooting (second in the East), 12.0 rebounds, and an Eastern Conference-leading 3.3 blocks, helping Orlando to a 3-0 week. On April 11, Howard recorded 22 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks, leading the Magic to a 98-92 win over Cleveland, handing the Cavaliers only their sixth home loss this season. This is Howard’s third Player of the Week nod this season. […]

Here is a recap of the week for Howard […]:

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
April 7 vs. Washington: Recorded 17 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal in a 121-94 win over the Wizards.
April 9 vs. New York: Posted 25 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and a block in a 118-103 win over the Knicks.
April 11 @ Cleveland: Scored 22 points, and added 13 rebounds, six blocks and three assists in a 98-92 win over the Cavaliers.

Apr 09

Recap: Orlando Magic 118, New York Knicks 103

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The Orlando Magic were able to defeat the New York Knicks by the score of 118-103, a win that seemed like a formality for the Magic. A trio of starters and reserves led the way for Orlando, all scoring in double-figures and accounting for the majority of the Magic’s points. Dwight Howard had 25 points and 13 rebounds and Vince Carter had 25 points, five assists, and two steals, both seemingly scoring at will against the Knicks. But it can be argued that Ryan Anderson stole the show, stuffing the stat sheet with 19 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks and playing one of his best games of the year. On the flip-side, Danilo Gallinari had 28 points for New York.

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Apr 09

Preview: New York Knicks at Orlando Magic

7:00 EDT | Sun Sports
28-50 @ 55-23
Pythagorean Record: 30-48 Pythagorean Record: 57-21
Pace: 94.1 (6th) Pace: 92.0 (18th)
Offensive Rating: 107.1 (17th) Offensive Rating: 110.7 (8th)
Defensive Rating: 110.8 (26th) Defensive Rating: 102.9 (3rd)
Amway Arena | Magic lead season series 2-0

Apr 09

“Blue and White Ignite” – Magic First Round Playoff Tickets On Sale Saturday, April 10

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Via the Orlando Magic:

Single game tickets for the first round of the 2010 Orlando Magic playoffs, presented by Bright House Networks, will go on sale to the general public Saturday, April 10 at 10 a.m. Orlando’s playoff schedule will be announced following the conclusion of the regular season.

Tickets are available for purchase:

  • Online at www.orlandomagic.com
  • At the Amway Arena box office (cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover)
  • At the Orlando Magic ticket office (Monday – Friday and on Saturday, April 10; 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 07

Preview: Washington Wizards at Orlando Magic

7:00 EDT | Sun Sports
24-53 @ 54-23
Pythagorean Record: 26-51 Pythagorean Record: 56-21
Pace: 91.6 (21st) Pace: 92.1 (18th)
Offensive Rating: 104.0 (25th) Offensive Rating: 110.4 (8th)
Defensive Rating: 109.0 (18th) Defensive Rating: 102.9 (3rd)
Amway Arena | Wizards lead season series 2-1

Apr 07

Orlando Magic are Southeast Division Champions for a Third Straight Year

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Via John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com:

The Southeast Division all theirs and the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics no longer a concern in the standings, the Orlando Magic now have their sights set on trying to catch the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Magic clinched their third consecutive Southeast Division title Tuesday night when the Hawks lost to the Charlotte Bobcats. It also guarantees that the Magic (54-23) will enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

If the playoffs started today, the Magic would face the seventh-seeded Charlotte Bobcats (41-36). The Michael Jordan-owned Bobcats are two games back of Miami (43-34) for sixth and three games ahead of Toronto (38-39) in eighth. The Magic are 3-1 against Charlotte this season.

Another division title is nice and the Orlando Magic should be commended for becoming Southeast Division champions for a third straight year, especially with the Atlanta Hawks on their heels for the majority of the regular season. But it can’t be understated how important it was for the Magic to enter the postseason with the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference so that they didn’t have to run the gauntlet, meaning not having home-court advantage against either the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Boston Celtics in a seven-game series, for a second consecutive season in hopes of making a return trip to the NBA Finals.

Additionally, the fact that it’s looking more and more like the Charlotte Bobcats — not the Miami Heat — will be Orlando’s likely first round opponent, the bracket is shaping up nicely for the Magic. Now, the Bobcats will be a challenge but the Heat would have been a nightmare. Especially with Dwyane Wade presenting himself as the ultimate wildcard, a player that can win a series by himself. So, barring something weird happening, Orlando dodges a bullet there.

One last thing to look out for in the East is the race for the No. 3 seed between the Hawks and the Celtics. The Magic are a combined 6-2 against Atlanta and Boston, but there’s no doubt that Orlando has a preference between the two teams. And that’s the Hawks, a team that doesn’t matchup well with the Magic. In contrast, for all their consternation, the Celtics still pose as a threat.

Nevertheless, it should be interesting to see how things pan out before the playoffs start.

Apr 06

Celebrating Amway Arena

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Via the Orlando Magic:

With just a few regular season home games remaining and the Orlando Magic moving into Amway Center next season, the team is celebrating some of the greatest moments in Amway Arena history. To commemorate the last regular season in Amway Arena, the Orlando Magic are announcing a week-long tribute beginning Wednesday, April 7 leading up to the Magic’s last regular season home game on April 14.

To kick-off the celebration, the Magic will be giving away a commemorative poster that highlights the events that have come through Amway Arena to the first 3,000 fans at the game on Wednesday, April 7 vs. the Washington Wizards (7 p.m. tip-off).

On Friday, April 9 when the Magic face New York (7 p.m. tip-off), the team will give away another commemorative poster, which celebrates the best NBA/Magic moments in Amway Arena to the first 3,000 fans in attendance.

Fans in attendance at the April 7 or April 9 games will be treated to a video feature during the game highlighting moments at Amway Arena.

Apr 06

Possible Clinching Scenario Tonight

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Via the Orlando Magic:

Orlando’s “magic number” to clinch the Southeast Division title is 1 … which means an Orlando win OR an Atlanta loss will give the Magic their third straight division title. It will also secure the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference during the upcoming 2010 NBA Playoffs.

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