Magic beat Bobcats in OT, but suspensions looming for Dwight, Q
For 39 minutes and 30 seconds tonight, the Magic looked as disinterested and lackadaisical as they did last night against the Milwaukee Bucks. All it took was a two hand shove to the face from Quentin Richardson to Gerald Henderson to ignite the Magic and propel them to a 111-102 OT victory against the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Magic were trailing after the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters and were down six heading into the 4th. After Q was ejected for his overly aggressive play, the Magic finally showed some inspiration and would end up leading by five with under a minute remaining.
Jameer Nelson tried his best to lose the game for the Magic by turning the ball over TWICE in the last 30 seconds, but after D.J. Augustin drained a 3 to tie the game at 96 he then missed a reverse layup as time expired which sent the game to overtime.
In overtime, it was all Orlando as the Magic started the period on a 9-0 run and would never let it get close again.
Gilbert Arenas led the Magic in scoring (seriously, this isn’t a joke) with 25 points. Gil got the start tonight at the SG position as Stan Van Gundy gave Jason Richardson the night off. When Gilbert was asked after the game what his approach was tonight, he replied Gil’ily with, “I was going to shoot it!” You have a way with words, Mr. Arenas.
For the Magic, it was their 50th win of the season and the fourth straight season in which they’ve reached that mark. It also happens to be the first time in Gilbert Arenas’ career that he has been on a 50-win team.
In less positive news, Dwight Howard picked up his 18th technical foul of the season after angrily tossing the ball out of bounds following being whistled for a 10-second free throw violation. The 18th technical, which is unlikely to get rescinded, will mean that Dwight will be hanging with Quentin Richardson on Sunday at the Suspension Club. Long story short, if you bought expensive tickets to see Dwight play on Sunday, you should probably try to sell them to your Derrick Rose loving friends. Besides, they probably want to see a real MVP play anyways. I kid, I kid.
Tonight’s win means little to nothing in the large scale of things for Orlando, but they showed a rare toughness that hasn’t been seen much lately. Blame it on the beard. Magic fans should hope that the beards make them tougher and tougher as they move forward.
The Magic are off for several days and aren’t back in action until Sunday afternoon when they face off with their likely second round playoff opponent, the Chicago Bulls. The tip is set for 1pm and will be televised nationally on ABC.
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