Savage: Magic-Bucks Quick Hits

By Dan Savage
March 16, 2010


DWIGHT4MVP: The Magic’s All-Star center continued to make an extremely valid case for this year’s MVP award.

Dwight Howard throttled every single member of Milwaukee’s front line, posting 31 points, 22 rebounds and three blocked shots.

The sizzling statline marked Howard’s 56th double-double of the season and his sixth contest with at least 20 points and 20 boards.

“He’s a load,” Bucks center Jon Brockman explained.

NAUGHTY NELSON: Jameer Nelson made two critical mistakes in Orlando’s contest against Milwaukee.

The first was fouling Brandon Jennings on a 3-point attempt with 4.3 seconds left in regulation. Jennings then proceeded to make all three free throws and force overtime.

The second came with 1:47 left in overtime as he fouled Jennings once again from downtown and allowed him to convert a four-point play that once again tied game.

"We wanted to foul him only if he put it on the floor right on the dribble,” Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy said. “(Jameer) was a little late, so I thought it was close."

FOURTH-QUARTER WOES: How rough was it for Orlando offensively in the fourth? The Magic made just 4-of-19 shots in the quarter.

“We had a decent first half, but the second half we were not very good,” Van Gundy added.

HAPPY HOMECOMING: With the Magic’s five-game road trip now behind them, Howard is looking forward to one thing.

“It’s been a long road trip,” he said. “I’m glad to go home and get in my bed.”

REDICK'S RECOVERY: J.J. Redick missed his fourth consecutive game due to a lower-abdominal strain that he suffered during practice prior to the Magic’s game against the Warriors. He will be re-evaluated on Thursday when the team returns to Orlando.

“I would expect to be back very soon,” he said. “Friday, maybe, if not, possibly Monday.”

DEER DOWN: There was a late scratch from Milwaukee’s lineup prior to Wednesday’s contest. Andrew Bogut called the team late in the afternoon to let them know he was suffering from migraines and would not be able to play against the Orlando.

Rookie Larry Sanders drew the tough task of having to start opposite of Howard. And he didn’t fare all that well.

For the second time this season, Sanders fouled out of a game. He finished the night with just four points and six rebounds.

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