Magic improve to 34-0 when scoring more than their opponent
The Orlando Magic held on for a 99-95 victory on Wednesday night defeating the Philadelphia 76ers. With tonight’s victory the Magic improved to 15-13 away from the Amway Center and an impressive 34-0 when scoring more points than the other team.
Dwight Howard led the Magic in scoring for what seems like the 700th straight game and finished with 30 points and 17 rebounds. It is the 9th game of the year that Dwight has scored 30+ points and his 42nd dable-dable of the season.
J.J. Redick finished with 13 points to pace everyone on the Magic not named Dwight and six total players scored in double figures.
The 76ers had been hot of late, winning 7 of their last 10 (before tonight), but discovered quickly than Spencer Hawes and Tony Battie do not provide the best opposition to Dwight Howard. Lou Williams scored 23 points for Philly and Andre Iguodala scored 21 and dished 8 assists. Rookie Evan Turner had a strong showing with 2 points in 13 minutes.
The Magic looked flat at times but had enough energetic spurts and made enough crunch time shots to come away with the victory. As the Magic try to climb back into the world of serious contention, every game is a chance to get better and putting W’s on the board is mandatory. It would be easy to overlook this game as just another regular season road win, but it’s more. This team is to the point where EVERY game is truly important and taking care of business should be the only goal.
They succeeded tonight, now let’s see if they can do it again at home on Friday night against Chris Paul (still hasn’t been traded to Orlando) and the New Orleans Hornets. Game time is set for 7pm.