What a comeback W by the 76ers in Orlando last night and while many people are writing and saying that the Magic “choked”, we’d counter that the Sixers snatched the game from the Magic’s clutches. The effort and execution put on the floor by the Sixers in the second half last night, especially in the 4th quarter, was the difference in the game and the Sixers should be given the proper credit. It took heart, guts, detrmination, some big baskets and some key X&O moves to pickup this victory in the unfriendly confines of Amway Arena. Here’s a bunch of our notes from the Game 1 victory.
As we expected, the Magic’s Dwight Howard was a force from the jump. The Sixers tried double-teaming him, but he fought through the traffic and ended the 1st half with18 points and 7 rebounds. DH ended with 31 & 16, but it was not enough. We also have to ask why the Magic do not get the ball to Howard in clutch time? Instead they choose to run plays for their solid, not great and ceratinly not superstar level wingmen.
The Magic shot 48.7 percent (37 of 76). But take away Dwight Howard‘s 11 of 13 and Orlando was at 26 of 63.
The upset was of historical proportions as the Magic are 48-4 when leading after three quarters and 52-1 when leading with five minutes to play. It was the biggest lead the Magic blew all season.
The Magic (5-18), the second-best 3-point shooting team in the league, got out shot from behind the arc by the Sixers (7-12) — the second-worst 3-point shooting team in the league.