Denton: Magic at Rockets Analysis (12/8/13)

   

By John Denton
Dec. 8, 2013

HOUSTON – The good news for the Orlando Magic on Sunday night was that defected all-star center Dwight Howard never got much going offensively against his former team.

The bad news, however, was that the Magic didn’t either until it was far too late in the fourth quarter.

The Magic held Howard to just six field goals, but the solid defensive effort on the post mattered very little when they struggled mightily to find points in the game’s first three quarters. Orlando did make a spirited fourth-quarter run to slice a 22-point deficit to 10 late in the game, but in the end it couldn’t overcome poor shooting from earlier in the night. The Magic shot a dismal 34.4 percent, struggled to find steady production and wound up losing 98-88 to Howard’s Houston Rockets.

Orlando (6-14) lost its fifth straight game and the fourth one on this six-game, 12-day road trip. And when the game was over veteran power forward Glen ``Big Baby’’ Davis vented frustration over how he and the team played poorly.

``It’s about everybody being held accountable and doing what they need to do or it’s going to be a long season,’’ said Davis, who scored 18 points, but made just eight of 18 shots. ``Are we down some (injured) people? Yeah, we are but it’s time to stop using everything for an excuse. Too many excuses, including myself. I don’t care how long I’ve been out of basketball (while injured); I’ve got to make those shots and I’m tired of excuses.’’

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