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Magic get sneak peek of life without Dwight in win over Sacramento

2012 January 8
by Brian Serra

Dwight Howard sat the majority of the game in foul trouble, but the Orlando Magic were still able to defeat the Sacramento Kings on the road by a score of 104-97.

Dwight played a total of 20 minutes tonight -almost half his season average-  thanks to 3 first half fouls and then two quick fouls at the beginning of the second half. Dwight finished with only5 points and 4 rebounds.

Aggressive, energetic team play helped the rest of the Magic squad overcome the lack of Howard’s presence. Jason Richardson led the team in scoring with 22 points and also chipped in with 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Glen Davis and Ryan Anderson, who alternated playing Howard’s center spot with him off the floor, had very strong scoring nights as well. Davis had 20 points and 8 rebounds while Anderson dropped 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Sacramento is a very bad team. Let’s just get that out there. But the hustle plays, the diving for loose balls, those signs are encouraging. The team played most of the meaningful minutes tonight without their star of stars and still managed to lead the majority of the game.

The ball movement, which has been a major issue so far this season, increased dramatically with the team dishing out 24 assists while only turning the ball over 10 times. The Magic had 6 players tonight who had 2 assists or more, led by Jameer Nelson’s six.

Stan even extended his bench tonight playing both Earl Clark and Von Wafer extended rotation minutes. Wafer responded with 12 strong points off the bench and showed the type of athleticism that this team sorely needs.Orlando’s bench outscored Sacramento’s 42-18.

With the win tonight the Magic improved to 6-3 on the season and started their 4 game road trip off the right way. They face off next against a much tougher Trail Blazer team on Wednesday night in Portland. It will be interesting to see if Orlando can show the same sort of aggression and energy against a stronger squad.

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