Hot-shooting Magic hold off Raptors to win playoff opener

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

The Orlando Magic won their first playoff game since 2003, pounding the Toronto Raptors , 114-100, Sunday afternoon at Amway Arena to open the best-of-seven, first-round series.
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Cartmanesque

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Apr 20, 2008
 
...just got home. That was fun... so much for all the 4 and out haters
Michael In Ocoee

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Apr 20, 2008
 
Cartmanesque wrote:
...just got home. That was fun... so much for all the 4 and out haters
Let's see if they have the guts to come in and take their lumps?
d12rocks

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#3
Apr 20, 2008
 
that was an awesome game i just hope that we can gain momentum and sweep them in 4 then get some and prepare for detroit.
STH

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#4
Apr 20, 2008
 
Great performance by whole team. Dwight had the Raptors scared to come into the paint. I was most impressed with Reshard Lewis who really frustrated Bosh. That was the matchup that I was most concerned with and Lewis played Bosh very well. if he keeps the same defensive intensity, we could sweep these guys and get ready for Detroit.
JLynx

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#5
Apr 20, 2008
 
The concourse after the game was as loud as I've ever heard. What a great game to watch in person.
Luke

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Apr 20, 2008
 
My prediction is already wrong.

And I couldn't be happier about that.

Next!
Steve

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#7
Apr 20, 2008
 
Lewis did what he did all season, play good enough defense on a position that he's not. He did a great job frustrating Bosh and Howard took over the game defensively.

Oh, and I think Nelson was pretty good also, as he made the Raptors look silly out there.
Cherokee

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#8
Apr 20, 2008
 
It is nice to see the Magic remember how to shock the other team. Throwing up three pointers will always do that.
Gabe

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#9
Apr 20, 2008
 
Chris Bosh's Departure made a big difference to the Magic's Offense and people are glad that Howard was not in foul trouble. It was obviously the complete opposite.

Go Magic!!!!!!!!!!
Bob Loblaw

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#10
Apr 20, 2008
 
Superman dominates. Nelson had the best game of the year for him. If they both keep playing like that we can go deep in the playoffs.
Timbo

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Apr 20, 2008
 
The Magic played very well today. I'm encouraged by their performance and hope it carries on throughout the playoffs. Hopefully, they could win this series in 4 or 5 games and shock the world.
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Apr 20, 2008
 
GO MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!
c2uk

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#13
Apr 20, 2008
 
Yes, what an impressive win!
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#14
Apr 20, 2008
 
Why is it that the Magic/Toronto series has only two of the first four games on national TV and the other series all have 4 on national TV. NO RESPECT !!!
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#15
Apr 20, 2008
 
Dwight is really off to a great start trying to be remembered in these playoffs. J Nel played very well and penetrated whenever he wanted to. Turk played... well, like Turk and Rashard's D was to perfection against Bosh. Keep it up and get the crowd even louder for Game 2.
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Apr 20, 2008
 
Raptors did not look prepared in the first period and by then the game was over. Go Magic! Let's see if those extra tickets can sell faster now!! Start believeing!!
THE SHADOW KNOWS

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Apr 20, 2008
 
Hope is there if they start fast as they have a hard time finishing
d12rocks

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#18
Apr 20, 2008
 
jameer outscored tj ford and jose calderon 24 to 19. I had a typo in my last post and there should be a rest after the word some.GOO MAGICC!!!!!!!!!!
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#19
Apr 20, 2008
 
It will be interesting to see what adjustments each team makes for Game 2. If the Magic keep their focus and play with that kind of energy, any team in the league would have a problem with them. What is clear from Game 1 is that the Raptors did not expect the Magic to shoot as well as they did to start the game.

Since: Jun 07

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#20
Apr 20, 2008
 
Well that is one down 3 to go. The great part is our PGs did great. As long as they outperform the other teams PG it will be very difficult to beat us. To me that will be the key to this series.

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