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News » Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-11-25

Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-11-25

Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-11-25The Magic might not be the best team in the NBA yet, but they have become the most balanced. It's been the secret to their success.

The Magic (11-3) have six players averaging in double-figure scoring, and they are tied for the best record in the league.

They return to action Wednesday night against the Miami Heat, who have cooled off after a faster than expected start.

The Magic are coming off a 104-96 victory Sunday afternoon in Toronto. It was the ninth time this season at least five players reached double-figure scoring in the same game. They have won all nine.

"Our depth has been key," said Magic guard Vince Carter, who missed four games early in the season with an ankle sprain but watched the Magic win without him. "Everyone here can play."

The balance has come at the expense of center Dwight Howard, whose scoring and rebounding numbers have dropped noticeably from a year ago, but it has made his life easier in the post.

Carter, Howard, Rashard Lewis, Jameer Nelson (currently injured), Jason Williams and J.J. Redick all are averaging at least 10 points. Michael Pietrus is right behind, averaging 9.9 points per game.

The balance has loosened the defenses around Howard, who has not been facing the double and triple teams he saw last season. Carter has taken much of the scoring load off his shoulders, allowing him to focus on other parts of his game.

MAGIC 104, RAPTORS 96: Despite being booed every time he touched the ball -- in response to his forcing a trade from the Raptors five seasons ago -- Vince Carter led the Magic to its fifth consecutive victory Sunday by scoring 24 points. Dwight Howard had 17 points and 14 rebounds. Carter hit nine of 24 shots, staying aggressive offensively even when his aim has been off the mark. The Magic had five players reached double-figure scoring.

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Added: November 25, 2009


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