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Magic Tie Longest Losing Streak Since 2006

After another loss last night to the New York Knicks (23-10), the Magic (12-21) have officially tied their longest losing streak since early 2006. Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points to help the Knicks come back from a horrible start. Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson put up 29 points apiece, while Nik Vucevic had 11 points and a whopping 18 rebounds. As a team, the Magic made 11 of their first 13 shots, giving them a 12 point lead in the first quarter. They have continually posted decent performances that have been spoiled by the inability to close out at the end of games. The Knicks outscored the Magic 33-17 in the final quarter of play. Amare Stoudamire started the 14-6 Knicks run with a 3-point play at the beginning of the 4th.

J.J. Redick had another sub-par game, missing 6 3-pointers and not contributing significantly in any other statistical category. He is a big part of Orlando’s offensive arsenal and if he continues to stay cold then the Magic will continue to get outscored in the 4th quarter. His +/- was -27, the worst of any player on the court last night. Without E’Twaun Moore, Glen Davis, Al Harrington, and (to a lesser extent) Gustavo Ayon, the Magic are finding themselves in an incredibly difficult situation. A few weeks ago, the 8th seed did not seem like a completely unreasonable goal for the streaking Magic, but now it seems like a pipe dream. At the moment, we have the 6th worst record in the league and are 4 games behind the 8th seeded, Boston Celtics.

The Magic’s next game is against the Portland Trailblazers on Monday night. The game is a road game and will broadcast at 10 p.m. EST. Stay tuned for a new week of the Crystal Ball predictions game and congratulations to this weeks winners: Timothy Williams, Justin Dewberry, and Jason Rink!

Boxscore: Magic vs Knicks 1/5/2013

NEW YORK KNICKS (23-10)
                                         FIELD GOALS                          REBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
C. Anthony F 45:01 14-29 4-9 8-9 +7 2 4 6 6 3 1 1 0 0 40
M. Camby C 13:05 1-1 0-0 0-0 -15 0 1 1 4 1 0 2 0 0 2
T. Chandler C 36:29 6-6 0-0 2-4 +14 5 7 12 2 1 0 1 1 0 14
R. Brewer F 16:34 1-4 0-2 0-0 -15 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2
J. Kidd G 34:50 5-10 5-8 0-0 +12 0 8 8 7 5 2 1 0 0 15
J.R. Smith 31:19 8-18 0-4 2-3 +20 0 6 6 2 5 2 0 0 0 18
A. Stoudemire 16:57 3-7 0-0 5-5 0 2 2 4 1 2 0 2 0 2 11
P. Prigioni 13:33 2-6 1-3 0-0 -6 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 5
C. Copeland 04:08 0-1 0-1 0-0 -3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
S. Novak 28:04 2-6 2-6 1-1 +26 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
K. Thomas DNP – COACH’S DECISION
R. Wallace DND – SORE LEFT FOOT
J. White DNP – COACH’S DECISION
Totals 240 42-88 12-33 18-22 9 31 40 24 19 7 8 1 4 114
47.7% 36.4% 81.8% TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 8
ORLANDO MAGIC (12-21)
                                         FIELD GOALS                        REBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
D. Jones G-F 24:05 4-8 0-2 0-1 +13 1 5 6 1 3 0 0 0 0 8
A. Nicholson F 13:46 5-6 0-0 1-1 +14 0 2 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 11
N. Vucevic C 36:38 5-12 0-0 1-1 -1 6 12 18 2 4 1 2 1 0 11
A. Afflalo G-F 38:13 10-14 2-3 7-9 +6 0 1 1 4 2 0 3 0 0 29
J. Nelson G 40:06 10-20 5-9 4-4 -8 0 3 3 8 4 1 3 1 0 29
J. McRoberts 29:59 1-5 0-0 0-0 -18 5 5 10 5 4 0 1 0 1 2
H. Turkoglu 18:11 0-5 0-2 1-2 -13 0 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 1
J. Redick 27:38 3-10 3-9 0-0 -27 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 9
I. Smith 04:24 2-4 0-1 0-0 +3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
M. Harkless 07:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 -9 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 2
G. Ayon DND – RIGHT THIGH CONTUSION
E. Moore DND – SPRAINED LEFT ELBOW
K. O’Quinn DNP – COACH’S DECISION
Totals 240 41-85 10-26 14-18 12 33 45 23 19 5 13 4 1 106
48.2% 38.5% 77.8% TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14

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Bulls Outlast Magic

Even with a fantastic 4th quarter comeback for the Orlando Magic (12-20), outscoring the Bulls 23-14, they couldn’t manage to close out the game in the final minute. The Bulls (17-13) have now beat the Magic in 7 of their last 8 outings. Despite Joakim Noah’s absence (flu-like symptoms), the Bulls slaughtered the Magic on the boards for the first 3 quarters. This was surprising, considering the Magic had been rebounding well recently and the Bulls came into this game having averaged over 10 rebounds less than their opponents over the last 3 games. Nik Vucevic took over on the boards in the 4th quarter and the Magic actually led the Bulls in rebounds by the end of the game.

The Bulls starting frontcourt trio of Deng, Boozer, and Gibson outscored their Orlando counterparts 75-30 throughout the game, which was the ultimate downfall for the Magic. If you watched the game, you know that the other reason that the Magic lost was the free throw differential. This game was undoubtedly over-officiated, with a total of 38 fouls being called throughout the game. Oftentimes, these calls were made on very little contact. The Bulls ended up shooting 19-25 from the charity strip on 22 Magic fouls, while Orlando only shot 11-14 on 16 Chicago fouls. You know the author is a homer when his team loses and he calls the game “over-officiated”. Deal with it.

The last few minutes of the game were very exciting. Starting around the 6 minute mark in the 4th quarter, the Magic made a serious push. Vucevic had a lot of great putbacks and some smooth turnaround low post shots. Nelson scored in a variety of ways; pull-up jumpers, layups, and three-pointers. With 46 seconds to go, Afflalo hit a corner 3 to put the Magic to within 2. On the next play, McRoberts blocked a Kirk Hinrch layup off of the backboard. The ball got tapped back to Hinrich, but he was caught standing out of bounds. With 25 seconds left, the Magic trotted downcourt, looking to tie it up. Jameer slashed to the rim and Taj Gibson smacked it away with authority. The ball went out of bounds with 11.3 seconds left. The Magic came back in after their final time out and Jameer managed to get Hinrich off of his feet with a pump-fake. He leaned into the contact, but no foul was called. Subsequently, Jameer was off-balanced and missed the shot. Deng got the ball and was fouled, basically ending the game.

There were plenty of positives to take away from this game for the Magic. Jameer Nelson had a sensational game, with 32 points on 6 of 9 from beyond the arc. He was crucial in the final quarter to bring the Magic within a point of the Bulls. Vucevic notched his 14th double-double of the season. Arron Afflalo had a solid shooting night, but didn’t contribute as much as he needs to in other categories. Unfortunately, the Magic didn’t have help from J.J. Redick (3-12 FG), who posted a measly 7 points.

For those of you that played the Crystal Ball predictions game, congratulations. It was by far the most competitive outing, thus far. Our winner for the night is Justin Dewberry, on his inaugural showing. Remember, its a weekly prize, based on your cumulative points throughout the week. The Magic Word will post another round of the Crystal Ball predictions game on Saturday, when the Magic host the New York Knicks.

BOX SCORE

CHICAGO BULLS (17-13)
                                           FIELD GOALS                         REBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
L. Deng F 39:05 8-16 2-4 5-6 -1 1 2 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 23
C. Boozer F 39:38 13-22 0-0 5-7 +4 2 9 11 2 3 2 4 0 2 31
T. Gibson F 44:49 8-12 0-0 5-6 +7 5 6 11 3 3 0 1 4 1 21
R. Hamilton G 29:58 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 2 9 1 0 0 0 0 4
K. Hinrich G 32:13 2-9 1-3 2-4 +8 0 2 2 8 4 3 1 1 1 7
N. Mohammed 11:15 0-2 0-0 2-2 -5 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 2
M. Belinelli 17:55 1-3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
N. Robinson 15:47 2-7 2-4 0-0 -6 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 6
J. Butler 09:20 0-0 0-0 0-0 +3 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Noah NWT – FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS
V. Radmanovic NWT – FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS
M. Teague DNP – COACH’S DECISION
Totals 240 36-77 5-12 19-25 9 26 35 27 16 7 6 5 4 96
46.8% 41.7% 76.0% TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 7
ORLANDO MAGIC (12-20)
                                        FIELD GOALS                         REBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
D. Jones G-F 10:31 2-4 0-0 0-0 +4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4
A. Nicholson F 12:07 3-5 0-0 0-0 +3 0 4 4 1 3 0 0 1 0 6
N. Vucevic C 39:24 8-14 0-0 4-6 +2 5 7 12 0 5 1 3 1 1 20
A. Afflalo G-F 40:46 7-13 2-4 3-4 0 0 1 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 19
J. Nelson G 40:12 11-20 6-9 4-4 -2 0 5 5 4 2 2 4 0 2 32
J. Redick 34:16 3-12 1-8 0-0 -9 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 0 1 7
G. Ayon 13:38 2-2 0-0 0-0 -14 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4
H. Turkoglu 17:50 0-3 0-1 0-0 +4 0 5 5 1 3 0 0 0 1 0
I. Smith 07:27 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
K. O’Quinn 02:54 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. McRoberts 20:55 1-4 0-2 0-0 +4 2 2 4 5 0 1 0 1 0 2
M. Harkless DNP – COACH’S DECISION
E. Moore DND – SPRAINED LEFT ELBOW
Totals 240 37-78 9-24 11-14 8 28 36 16 22 4 12 4 5 94
47.4% 37.5% 78.6% TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12

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