Magic get even with Suns, 111-99

Orlando 111, Phoenix 99 Among all of the pageantry surrounding the Dwight Howard-Shaquille O’Neal showdown, the Magic pulled out one of their best wins of the season. The lead swang back and forth all game long, and the Magic used a 33-point fourth quarter to capture a 111-99 victory against the Suns. Much like in Orlando’s victory against the Sixers on Saturday, the Magic used a fantastic fourth quarter to steal the victory. The Magic outscored the Suns 33-18 in the fourth, as the big three stepped up: Hedo Turkoglu (8 points), Rashard Lewis (11 points, two clutch 3-pointers) and Dwight Howard (9 points, 7-for-9 free throws) carried the Magic in the fourth quarter. Magic’s best: Rashard Lewis, who played one of his best games in a Magic uniform. Sweet Lew finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds, marking the fourth double-double of his Magic career. He sunk two big 3s in the fourth quarter, including the shot that made it 101-93 and pretty much put the game out of reach. Magic’s worst: Mickael Pietrus, who missed all five of his 3-point attempts and couldn’t slow down Jason Richardson when the two were on the floor together. Telling statistic: While the Magic’s 12 offensive rebounds for a 29.2 offensive rebound rate is good but not great, the Magic were taking advantage of those second chances. Orlando had 20 second-chance points, so they averaged an incredible 1.7 points per second-chance possession. Defending Dwight: When Shaq was on Howard’s backside, the Suns let the big fella guard him one-on-one (to mostly good results). In all other situations, they sent a double-team either on the catch or first dribble (not so good results).

Philip Rossman-Reich

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