Orlando Magic Advance Dwightless, Chicago Bulls Force a Game Seven in Third OT

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IMay 1, 2009

The Magic Men

The Orlando Magic captured their fourth win in Philly tonight with a blow out score of 114-89. Playing seemingly well beyond expectations, the Magic managed to get the victory without their superstar Dwight Howard.

The Magic shot 53.7 percent tonight from the field, 46.2 percent from three-point range, and turned the ball over only 12 times.  Compare that to their normal average of 45.7 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from the three-point line, and 14.2 TO/G during the Philadelphia series.

Rashard Lewis led the way with a game high of 29 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and a surprisingly, three blocks on 11-22 shooting from the field. Rafer Alston dropped 21 points and dished out 10 assists on eight to sixteen shooting. 

The player that benefited most from Dwight Howard's absence was center Marcin Gortat, who scored 11 points, grabbing down a game high 15 rebounds on five to eight shooting.

The Magic really stepped up their performance tonight and a lot of credit should be given to head coach Stan Van Gundy. He has taken this team a long way and deserves to get more recognition for his outstanding coaching.

The Triple Overtime Fiasco

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If you were not lucky enough to catch this game, you might have missed the best game that I have ever witnessed throughout my history of watching of basketball, which I began watching during the age of 9, so 10 years ago.

The Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics really went at it right from the start of the game. Near the end of the first quarter, Boston's point guard Rajon Rondo yanked Chicago's guard Kirk Hinrich, throwing him into the reporter booth.

Hinrich instantaneously reacted by running up to Rondo and shoving him in the chest. It seemed like Hinrich refused to get bullied by another player, especially after getting stitches due to Rondo from the previous game.

From there on out, the game's intensity sky rocketed to unimaginable levels.

The game went to into a magnificent triple overtime duel that was not decided until the final seconds of the period.

Joakim Noah made an astonishing steal, which resulted in a fast break slam dunk and the sixth personal foul on Paul Pierce.

The Bulls never looked back from then on, forcing the historic series to a game seven.

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