Saturday, March 15, 2008

Playoffs Here We Come! Magic Clinch Playoff Berth With 122-111 Win Over Pacers

Mr. 4th Quarter took over once again! Hedo Turkoglu scored 9 of his game high 27 points, in the fourth quarter to lead the Magic to victory. He also added 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and shot a spectacular 13-23 (57%) from the floor.

Collectively as a team, the Magic shot 64% on field goals for the game and 60% on 12-20 three pointers. Maurice Evans had one of his best games of the season with 19 points. He only missed one shot, a three pointer. Evans scored 17 points in the third to give Orlando a 91-80 lead heading into the 4th quarter. Dwight fouled out in the end but not before putting up 18 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks.

We held the Pacers to 8-21 (38%) on threes, but they did shoot 50% from the floor. Danny Granger led the Pacers with 24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, and a block. Mike Dunleavy had 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Although the Magic led by as many as 18 points at one time, the Pacers chipped away and drew to within 104-100 midway through the fourth period on former Magic point guard Travis Diener's 3-point jumper.

Our old bench warmer Travis Diener ended up coming off the bench with 5 points and 5 assists. MagicMadness even had a little change-up, for tonight's game, to recognize the Basketball God that is Travis Diener.

With this impressive win tonight we have clinched a postseason berth for the second consecutive season. Now with that team goal out of the way... next in line is to secure the highest possible seeding and win as many games as possible.

The Magic's X-Factor and downfall? Turnovers. We looked like the Magic of old out there tonight, turning the ball over 22 times and only forcing 13. Dwight had 7 of them, Nelson 5, and Turk 4. We have to keep better control over the ball or we WILL NOT last long in the playoffs.

Check out these cool game photos. Also here is the boxscore and recap.

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