Orlando Magic Week Five Preview: Dwight Howard and the Road Warriors

December 2nd, 2009 by Chad Waylon Pouncy Leave a reply »
Orlando gets a bit of a break after a busy schedule last week. In the process, the Magic have stepped up and now sit atop the Eastern Conference standings with the Boston Celtics at 14-4. Kicking off the week against the Miami Heat at home on Wednesday night, Orlando took a tough loss on a controversial put back dunk by PF Michael Beasley. When Dwayne Wade missed badly on a potential game winner, Beasley dunked the ball with 1.6 left on the clock, putting Miami ahead 99-98. Magic players pleaded with the refs for a goaltending call, to no avail. Vince Carter was unable to counter with his last second shot and Orlando took the loss. Jason Williams had a big game for the Magic, scoring a season high 25 points and adding eight assists. On Thanksgiving night Orlando headed to Atlanta to face the red-hot Hawks. After struggling early, the Magic out scored Atlanta 54-35 in the second half and allowing only 11 points in the forth quarter. This solidified a 93-76 win for the Magic. Dwight Howard returned to form putting up 22 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks. Howard has not looked like an MVP candidate to this point but he is starting to turn things around. Howard's great play ca ...

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