|2008-09 Orlando Magic season|
|Head coach||Stan Van Gundy|
|Place||Division: 1st (Southeast)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
|Playoff finish||NBA Finals
(Lost to Lakers 1-4)
|Television||Fox Sports Florida, Sun Sports|
The 2008-09 Orlando Magic season was the 20th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team finished the regular season with a 59-23 record, the most wins since the 1995-96 season. The Magic would go on to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers, highlighted by forward Hedo Türko?lu's game winner in game four of the first round of the playoffs, defending champion Boston Celtics in a though hard fought seven game series in the second round, and finally the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games, thanks to all-star defensive player of the year center Dwight Howard's 40 points and 10 rebounds in Game 6, to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1995, only to lose to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.
||This section is in a list format that may be better presented using prose. (September 2009)|
|1||22||Courtney Lee||Shooting guard||American||Western Kentucky|
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Reserve||Inactive|
|C||Dwight Howard||Marcin Gortat||Adonal Foyle|
|PF||Rashard Lewis||Tony Battie|
|SF||Hedo Türko?lu||Mickaël Piétrus|
|SG||Courtney Lee||J. J. Redick||Jeremy Richardson|
|PG||Jameer Nelson||Rafer Alston||Anthony Johnson||Tyronn Lue|
The first half of the 2008-09 season went very well for the Magic. After 41 games, the Magic were 33-8, leading the Southeast Division, as well as having one of the top four records in the league. On January 13, 2009, they scored an NBA record 23 three-pointers against the Sacramento Kings. Nine of the twelve Magic players who played that night scored at least one three pointer. At the start of February, Jameer Nelson, their all-star starting point guard, went down with a shoulder injury which caused him to miss the remainder of the season. The Magic then began a stretch where they did not win or lose consecutive games for almost the entire month. The Magic did make a deal at the trade deadline with the Houston Rockets for Rafer Alston. Still having to deal with the absence of Nelson though, Orlando managed to maintain one of the top records in the league, secured a second straight winning season, and clinched a playoff berth in mid-March. The Magic defeated the defending champion Boston Celtics to capture their second consecutive division championship, and on the same night assured themselves of winning more games than the previous season. Finishing the regular season with a 59-23 record, it was the most games the team had won in a season since the 1995-96 season in which they had 60 wins.
|11||New Jersey Nets||34||48||.415||32|
|14||New York Knicks||32||50||.390||34|
The Magic drew the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs. With the series tied at two wins for each team, Game 5 saw an incident in the 1st quarter involving Dwight Howard throwing an elbow at 76ers center Samuel Dalembert. Howard was assessed a technical foul but was not ejected from the game. The NBA reviewed the play and suspended Howard for Game 6. A second incident involving an elbow from Dwight Howard happened in Game 5 not long after the elbow to Dalembert. This time however, Magic rookie Courtney Lee was the recipient of the hit from his teammate. Lee left the game and did not return. Suffering a fractured sinus, it was announced that Lee was expected to have surgery and could miss the remainder of the postseason. Neither player's absence would prove costly to Orlando in Game 6, who won the series with a blowout on the road, and Lee returned to action in the next series wearing a protective face mask, such as one worn by Richard Hamilton.
In the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Magic faced the defending champion Boston Celtics. Facing a 3-2 series deficit, the Magic tied the series with a home game victory in Game 6 and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals by winning Game 7 on the road, ending Boston's 32-0 undefeated record when leading the series 3-2. Assistant Coach Patrick Ewing had guaranteed a win in Game 7.
Returning to the conference finals for the first time since 1996, the Magic's opponent was the Cleveland Cavaliers, who compiled the league's best regular season record led by the season's MVP, LeBron James. That didn't stop the Magic as they closed the series out at home in Game 6, winning 103-90 as Dwight Howard scored 40 points, a career high for him in a playoff game. The Magic won the series 4-2, the Eastern Conference championship, and the right to face the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2009 NBA Finals.
After dropping the first two games in the series, the Magic finally won their first ever game in the finals in Game 3. With the franchise losing their first six finals games 1995 and 2009 combined, it was the second most games a team had lost in the finals before earning their first win. However, in Game 4 the Magic lost to the Lakers 99-91 in overtime; the Lakers took a 3-1 series lead and won again in Game 5, thus ending the Magic's longest playoff run in team history and ending up 1-8 in the Finals.
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Magic break the 3 point record with 23 on January 13 in Sacramento.
|July 11, 2008
||To New Jersey Nets----Keyon Dooling||To Orlando Magic----Cash considerations|
|February 5, 2009
||To Milwaukee Bucks----Keith Bogans||To Orlando Magic----Tyronn Lue|
|February 19, 2009
||To Memphis Grizzlies----Orlando 1st round pick (2009)
Adonal Foyle (re-signed with Orlando)
|To Houston Rockets----Kyle Lowry
|To Orlando Magic----Rafer Alston|