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On the offensive
Posted By Warren Shaw On Jan 23 2011 @ 6:37 pm In Orlando Magic | No Comments
For all intense and purposes the last two games for the Orlando Magic have been snoozers, much to the chagrin of the Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets who were the Magic opponents. The team has exhibited masterful offensive ball movement and chemistry finally showing team balance and consistency…at least for these two games.
On Friday the Toronto Raptors came to Orlando in the midst of their worst slide of the season. They are a far worse team than they were on November 12 when they upset Orlando 110-106. As if pay back was on their minds the Magic unmercifully dismantled the Raptors 112-72. Dwight Howard dominated the young Raptor bigs to a tune of 31pts and 19rebs prompting Gilbert Arenas to say “Some of those young fellas over there looked like they were scared of him.” Ryan Anderson continued his hot play with 21points and 10rebs and the team hoisted up 27 more 3point attempts is this laugher.
Saturday had the Magic matched against the struggling Houston Rockets. Both teams were on the 2nd night of a back to back but you wouldn’t have been able to tell by Orlando’s energy early. Then again the Orlando starters were well rested coming off the 40 point blowout the night before. The Magic shot 59% in the first half and finished the game at 53% cruising to a 118-104 victory.
Dwight Howard again paced the Magic with 22pts and 14rebs, followed by Hedo Turkgolu’s 21pts. Brandon Bass and Jason Richardson each chipped in 18pts on one of the Magic’s most balanced offensive performances since the trade in December. “We came out with better energy,” Howard said. “We moved the ball around, we got open shots.” The Magic truly used the 3 point shot as a weapon connecting on their first 5 attempts of the game. Houston was left with little answer to Howard’s inside presence while the bombs continued to reign from the outside.
The 3point happy Magic are on a modest 3 game winning streak following the two blowout wins and are currently ranked 4th in the top heavy Eastern Conference. The Detroit Pistons are next and while they don’t have an inside presence to match Howard, they run an unconventional lineup that could make for a more competitive game than these last two. Could…but not likely. Look for the Orlando offense to continue to thrive.
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