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Old 04-22-2007, 06:34 AM   #70
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Default Re: *OFFICIAL* ORLANDO MAGIC game discussion thread. **including playoffs!

Game recap:
Detroit 100, Orlando 92 -- The AP reports: The Detroit Pistons tried the Hack-a-Shaq strategy against Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat last postseason. The Pistons implemented the Hack-a-Howard plan on Saturday night, and it paid off. Orlando All-Star center Dwight Howard went only 3-of-11 from the free throw line in his playoff debut, and the entire Magic team missed 18 free throws in a 100-92 loss to the Pistons in Game 1 of the opening-round series... The veteran Pistons calmly converted three-quarters of their free throws and committed only 11 turnovers to Orlando's 21... The Pistons never trailed and demonstrated why they could return to the conference finals for a fifth consecutive season... The Pistons dominated the first quarter, jumping ahead 8-2. They extended their advantage to 25-14 on Billups' jumper just inside the 3-point line with 2 minutes remaining in the period.

For the Pistons, Chauncey Billups went 5-of-13 (plus 11-of-12 free throws) for 22 points, 4 rebounds, 11 assists and 2 steals - plus five turnovers. Richard Hamilton shot 9-of-19 for 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Rasheed Wallace had 16 points and 6 rebounds. Tayshaun Prince and Chris Webber each scored 12 on good shooting. As a team Detroit shot 49.3% and 35.7% from three-point range. They won controlled the boards tonight.

For the Magic, Dwight Howard shot 5-of-8 for 13 points, 19 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks - though he had 6 turnovers. Hedo Turkoglu shot 8-of-13 for 17 points, 3 assists and 2 steals. Grant Hill took 8 shots for 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Darko Milicic went 5-of-6 for 14 points and 4 rebounds. Orlando was fantastic from the field, shooting 58.1%. But they hit just 50% of their 36 free throw attempts.
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