Sloppy is the new sexy! Magic earn “sexy” victory over Bobcats to win 5th straight.
If sluggish, sloppy play excites you, then you were in for a treat tonight! The Magic drudged their way past the Charlotte Bobcats by a score of 96-89 to earn their 5th straight victory.
It was a rather dreadful game to watch as both teams showed signs of fatigue, both physically and mentally. For Charlotte, it was their 5th game in 6 nights and for Orlando, there was little excuse. Chalk it up to the classic “looking ahead” theory with Orlando obviously not giving an undermanned Bobcats squad a fighting chance.
Fortunately a big 4th quarter from Hedo Turkoglu (who else?) and Von Wafer allowed the Magic to pull ahead for good. Hedo and Von both scored 8 points each in the 4th and 15 and 13 for the game respectively.
Stan had little positive to say about the victory after the game except to praise the efforts of Wafer and Big Baby Davis. The energy that they both brought to the floor towards the end of the game was a major reason that Orlando was able to grab the victory. I think Big Baby may have even set a record for consecutive possessions where he somehow managed to find his way to the floor. I asked him after the game how many times he thought he hit the ground tonight and he estimated around “sevum, seventeen!”. Direct quote. Hustle!
Dwight Howard led Orlando in scoring for the night with 25 points and 17 rebounds despite having the Bobcats gang of misfit big men hanging on him every possession. Just another night for Dwight as he will only continue to get hacked more and more until he improves his free throw shooting (3-8 on the night).
The Spurs come to town tomorrow night to complete the back-to-back-to-back for Orlando. When Stan was asked after the game what it would mean to get three wins in three nights, he responded concisely with “Well then that would mean we’re 11 and 3. It’s all simple to me.”
Fair point Stan. Tonight’s win may have been ugly, but it’s still a win. Fortunately, they all count the same in the standings.