A great late minute defensive play by Grant Hill helped to steady the Magic down the stretch. And Jameer Nelson nails a three pointer from Los Angeles with 1.7 seconds left to win the game for the Magic. The Magic improve to 14-5 with a final score in Sacramento tonight of 92-89. Dwight Howard played big tonight, with energy that he lacked from last night. Howard finished with 18 points, 16 rebounds and 1 blocked shot. Nelson finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds.
The Magic started the game kind of flat, but stayed close with the Kinds throughout the game. I think that is the key for this team. They can step up the defense and knock down big shots - so just staying competitive until the final quarter puts you in position to pull out close games. Carlos Arroyo had a steady game tonight, finishing with 12 points and 5 assists. Most of Arroyo's points came in the fourth quarter as he helped give the Magic a small cushion as the game was winding down.
Hill made the defensive play of the game, stealing the ball late in the fourth quarter. Hill only played 3 minutes in the first half after picking up two quick fouls but played well in the second half. I also felt that Tony Battie played very well tonight. Battie was active on the boards and around the basket. He finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds.
Another good win for the Magic on the road. One more in Indiana and then the team is back home for a back-to-back starting with Detroit on Friday night.
Update: Check out the game winning three by Nelson on ESPN.com. http://broadband.espn.go.com/ivp/splash?id=2686640