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Former Magic star Dwight Howard and the star-laden Los Angeles Lakers are humbled after a loss to the team Howard demanded to be traded from
In a highly anticipated game between Dwight Howard's Los Angeles Lakers and his former team, the Orlando Magic, something unexpected happened.
The team Howard had demanded to be traded from in a tremendously publicized affair, beat his star-studded group on their home floor.
Orlando fans rejoiced as their club thoroughly beat Howard, seen as a headache and traitor to the organization, and the Lakers behind a 40-point fourth quarter.
In a contest comparable to David and Goliath, the Magic won behind a superb team effort, with Arron Afflalo, Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Glen Davis and Nikola Vucevic providing excellent production.
Afflalo finished the game with 30 points, five rebounds and five assists, Nelson scored 19 and racked up 13 assists, Redick tallied 14 points and seven assists, while both Davis and Vucevic grabbed 12 rebounds as they both had double-doubles on the night (Davis scored 23 points and Vucevic had 17).
So when we consider the factors used to rank these games: upset, individual performances, how close the game was (neck-to-neck until the 4:30 mark in the fourth quarter when the Magic ran away with the game*) and outside factors, the Orlando victory over Los Angeles was clearly the most memorable game for the Magic this past season.
*Courtesy of ESPN.com, you can look at the "Play-By-Play," if you want to go through the exact plays to see how the game went, or "Shot Chart" (and then specifically click on "Game Flow"), which provides a graph to illustrate how tight a contest this was.