Magic cruise on the road against Hakeem-less Rockets
The Orlando Magic blew out their opponent for the second straight game and defeated the Houston Rockets Saturday night by a score of 118-104. Despite traveling after their game last night, the Magic came out with plenty of energy and shot the ball light outs during the first half to keep the game from every being in question. No conclusive word on if this was a revenge victory from 1995.
The Magic scored 68 points during the first half and led by 17 points. Five of their scorers were already in double figures at the half. The Magic would finish with seven guys scoring 10+points and improved to 13-1 when six or more players score in double figures.
“The last two nights have been good. We’ve been pretty consistent in our energy and our effort. I’ve been pretty happy with that.” -Stan Van Gundy on the last two nights.
Hedo Turkoglu had his best scoring night of the season dropping 21 points on an efficient 8-11 from the field. Dwight Howard once again led the Magic in scoring with 22 points despite not playing in the 4th quarter for the second consecutive night.
Hakeem Olajuwon sat courtside at the game and in an interview with Fox Sports Florida expressed how impressed he has been with Dwight’s progress this year. Dwight even knocked in a bank shot jumper in the 1st quarter which surely brought a smile to the face of the Dream. “I didn’t know he was coming, but it was special to see him,” Howard said. Hakeem also stated during his interview that despite only spending 3-4 days together this summer, Dwight’s easygoing and coachable personality made it easy for them to connect right away.
The key to tonight’s victory? Ball movement. The Magic dished out 26 assists and only turned the ball over 1o times. That ball movement creates open shots and in return, big leads. On the season, the Magic average 20 assists and 14 turnovers. Also, in the team’s 29 wins they are averaging 21.5 assists per game and in the 15 losses, only 17.2. Ball movement, so beautiful.
The Magic are back in action at home on Monday night against T-Mac and the Detroit Pistons. Game time is set for 7PM and tickets are still available from under $20.