19 February 2012
Sixers (20-10, .667) were overwhelmed for nearly 48 minutes, and the Magic were in one of those nights in which their inside/outside game was too good to handle.
You think you've already heard this before? You are right.
Brand did a decent job on Howard, but Ryan Anderson was red hot from the start (see the pic), scoring 14 in the first quarter (!) to help Orlando jump on us quickly: 23-6 lead, 5/7 from behind the line, to go with Sixers' unusual four turnovers.
Two treys by Turner and Williams, at the quarter buzzer, made me happy to be down by just thirteen points at the end of the period, 29-16.
I think a key stretch of the game came at the end of the second quarter, when Orlando went on a 10-0 run to close the half holding a 55-39 lead. Nelson had already dished out eight dimes, and the Magic connected on seven of its thirteen attempts from behind the line.
It was Iguodala to give us some hope after the break, exploding for eleven points with Sixers shooting 10/12: when Brand cut the Magic lead to just four with a nice lefthanded driving hook (66-62) I thought we had a game. I was wrong.
Jrue Holiday capped his horrible night by committing two charges at the beginning of the fourth and the Magic controlled the game with double digit leads until the end.
Of course shooting 15/25 from three point land is a stat that usually gets you wins in this league, especially if your center adds 17 + 14... (more after the break)
Not much to save from this game, except Iguodala's proud reaction in the third quarter and Williams' offensive production (see also his 7/1 assist/turnover ratio, excellent again). Maybe a couple of nice plays by Vucevic, ok.
Our starting backcourt was completely outplayed by Nelson (career high 14 assists...) J-Rich and JJ Redick, Howard was ...Howard and Ryan Anderson dropped threes on us almost obsessively: a movie I have seen wat too many times against this team.
Play of the game: Thaddeus Young blocking Howard and finishing on the other side with a nifty layup. Just a flash, unfortunately.