Halftime in Philadelphia: Magic 36, 76ers 36

The Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers are tied at halftime, 36-36, in Game 4 of their best-of-seven first-round series. The Magic need a victory today in order to tie the series, and the way the first half transpired, they have to feel good about their chances.

Team Pace Efficiency eFG% FT Rate OReb% TO Rate
Magic 43 83.7 50.0% 16.1 0.0 21.1
76ers 83.7 39.8% 2.3 24.0 14.0

Orlando's defense has been superb, forcing the 76ers to milk the clock. Philly has managed to pull even thanks to its remarkable 5-of-10 mark from three-point range. However, the Sixers are a woeful 10-of-34 on two-pointers. Nearly every shot in the half-court has been contested, yet Orlando has done an outstanding job of not fouling. Philly has attempted only two foul shots.

The Magic have turned the ball over 9 times, a horrible number in a low-percentage game. Yet they're shooting 48.4% from the field. Hedo Turkoglu, shooting 7-of-30 from the field in the first 3 games, is 5-of-6 in the first half. If Orlando can continue to play stellar defense, and can play more under-contorl offensively, they should send this series back to Orlando tied, 2-2.

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