The Magic are good again. Quick, everyone buy in!
Another balanced scoring night for the Magic propelled the team to a big victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, 103-87. The Magic jumped out to a 17 point 1st quarter lead and would never trail on the evening. In fact, the Magic have not trailed for 95 consecutive game minutes since the first minute of Monday’s game against Minnesota.
This means one thing and one thing only: IT’S TIME TO BUY BACK IN! EVERYONE NEEDS TO GET THEIR HOPES UP!
The balanced scoring on the night was lead by Ryan Anderson’s 27 points (7-10 from three) and saw 6 players score in double figures. It was the 13th time this season that Orlando has had 5 or more players score in double figures. The team is 11-2 in those games.
Stan Van Gundy, “Those have always been our better offensive games, when we have a lot of people involved and shots are fairly balanced.”
The balanced scoring was aided by extremely hot three point shooting. The Magic shot 15-25 from behind the three point line. 60 percent!
If Stan can figure out a way for this team to just shoot 60% from three every night, this team has the potential to be Jeremy Lin level good.
It was an all-around strong performance for the Magic tonight and despite a few mini-slumps, the team played outstanding. After going through that miserable 5 of 6 game losing streak, the team has turned it’s fortunes around with a fully healthy team and won 7 of their last 9 games to improve to 19-11 on the season.
News, notes, tidbits, analysis and/or random thoughts from tonight’s game:
- Jameer Nelson continues to play with more confidence since returning from his concussion. He dished out 14 assists (tying a career high) on the evening and is taking the ball to the basket and creating more than he has all season. His stats in the last 5 games may not be impressive (12.6ppg and 6.3 apg) but his confidence is contagious.
- Speaking of contagious and stats not showing the full story, Stan Van Gundy had high praise after the game for Quentin Richardson and Earl Clark for the intensity they brought off the bench. With Andre Iguodala coming out in the 2nd half and scoring 8 quick points, Stan stubbed Hedo out and defend Iggy with Q. Q played him aggressively and got into him on every possession turning the tables for ol’ Iggy.
- For Earl, it was his 5 rebounds in 9 minutes that impressed Stan. With an upcoming stretch of 5 games in 7 days, Stan anticipates Earl getting more minutes in the coming games.
- Tonight was the 10th game of the season in which Ryan Anderson led the team in scoring. It’s no longer a fluke.
- It wasn’t just balanced scoring for the Magic, the team saw balanced minutes as well. With 9 guys playing at least 16 and a half minutes, it let’s guys like Jameer, J-Rich and Hedo who have all been injured this season not have to play extended minutes.
- I went the entire recap without mentioning Dwight Howard. I’m trying to enjoy my time with Dwight and not talk too much about him…