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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Diener as "The Closer"

He may not be appearing with Kyra Sedgwick on TNT anytime soon, but Orlando Magic guard and MU alum Travis Diener is one of their five "closers" for Wednesday's 86-83 win over the New Orleans Hornets.

From the AP recap:

¶ Trailing by five with 9:51 left in the fourth quarter, the Magic rattled off a 17-3 run in less than five minutes to take an 84-75 lead. Reserve Travis Diener, who rarely plays in close games, led the way with nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Diener played just over 30 minutes and finished with 13 points, one assist, one rebound and one steal. He went 4-for-8 from the field, including 3-for-7 from 3-point range, accounting for all three of Orlando's 3-pointers. He has averaged 13.3 points in his last three games, going 8-for-15 from 3-point range and 13-for-20 overall.

3 comments:

Henry Sugar said...

The Orlando Sentinel has a decent writeup as well, plus they also have some links to video clips.

Story
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/local/orl-magic2106dec21,0,2904258.story?coll=orl-sports-headlines

Diener Interview
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Big Willie Style said...

And it was even sweeter because Redick never even took his warmups off.

Anonymous said...

You're right, that made it a lot sweeter! It's good to see Diener consistenly playing of late.