Orlando Appears More Powerful Than A Locomotive
A humorous observation I had was it seemed because Orlando has done so well in these playoffs and because of the substantial lead they currently had, they were not allowed to complain to the refs at all. Van Gundy and Barnes both got T-ed up as a result. I was pretty sure Reddick was going to get a technical late in the 3rd quarter as well, but his teammates swooped in and shut him up.
The 3rd quarter ended in much the same fashion as 1st and 2nd: Orlando with a commanding lead. The score was 79-55 Orlando.
Orlando toyed with Atlanta in the 4th. It looked more like a Harlem Globetrotters game from when I was a little kid than a 3 seed taking on a 2 seed. The game quickly turned into a broken record. It looked like this: Orlando scores…Atlanta does not score…Orlando scores…Atlanta does not score…and so on and so forth.
As the attendance depleted and the stadium deflated, Orlando continued to pile on the numbers in every beneficial statistical category.
After the game Howard said that it feels pretty good (to dominate a playoff game from start to finish), but we have one more game and we have to come out with the same intensity.
Howard also said that to win it’s all about playing the game the right way; you can’t get caught up looking at the scoreboard.
Howard led Orlando with 21 pts, 16 reb, 3 ast, 1 stl, and 1 blk to their 105-75 blowout.
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Rashard Lewis’ 22 pts on 8-13 FG and 4-7 3P combined with 30 bench points surely did not slow down this old fashioned whooping. And with 10 team 3’s, Orlando backed up their NBA record-setting three-point reputation that they have built.
Vince Carter said, “It’s not about how many points did I score to show the world, its about how can I help my team to win to show the world that we’re a good team.”
This was especially true tonight as Carter only had seven points, but his presence on the court brings confidence and makes the Magic better.
Crawford had a productive night with 22 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, and 1 stl. This, however, proved to be not nearly enough for the Hawks.
Two-time NCAA Champion Al Horford was held to just 11 points and 8 reb. Is a single-double any good? Here’s a little note to Horford: If you want to win again, leave the Hawks.
Many people wondered how Orlando would do in postseason without Turkoglu. I think any doubt has been erased and replaced with a calming confidence. Orlando is beating their opponents by an average of 17.7 PPG so far this post season (second highest ever in NBA postseason history).
Tonight they would win by 30 in a 105-75 win. That makes a combined winning margin of an embarrassing 87 points against Atlanta. Looks like the Magic has someone’s number.
At the beginning of the game Mike Woodson said no one comes into this building and wins…boy was he wrong.
Pro Basketball Fans Orlando Magic Correspondent
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