The Magic (29-15) started off the week the same way they ended last season, losing a close one to the Los Angeles Lakers. This time, however, there was not an NBA Title on the line.
The Lakers took control early on in the game, but Orlando wouldn't go down easy. Outscoring LA 21-12 in the third quarter, the Magic took the lead by as much as nine points before the Lakers finished them off in the fourth.
In the 98-92 Lakers win, Pau Gasol played strong, finishing with 17 points and 10 boards. Shannon Brown came up big with 22 points of his own.
Dwight Howard led Orlando with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks on the night. Vince Carter shot only 3-8 from three and 0-3 for two, looking uninterested in trying to move the ball. He finished with nine points.
On Wednesday night the Magic returned to Orlando to exact some revenge on the Indiana Pacers. They did just that with a 109-98 victory. The Magic led by as much as 29 in the game, never giving up the lead.
Dwight Howard exploded for 32 points, 11 boards, and four steals. Matt Barnes came up with 16 rebounds of his own to go with 10 points and six assists. Danny Granger's 25 points was the lone bright spot for the Pacers.
Staying at home on Friday night, Orlando handed the Sacramento Kings a loss in grand fashion. Leading by 32 at one point, the Magic came out with 100-84 win.
Howard continued his dominance, with 19 points and 15 rebounds. The Kings were largely held in check with the exception of Tyreke Evens, who finished with 19 points of his own. Kevin Martin was held to only five points and continues to struggle since returning from injury.
Off to Charlotte for Saturday night's game against the red-hot Bobcats, the Magic continued to play with intensity. After mounting a comeback in the fourth quarter, Charlotte forced overtime with a 92-92 tie.
Orlando lit the Bobcats up in OT, scoring 14 and allowing only three. The Magic wound up finishing the game with a 106-95 win.
Jameer Nelson had six points in extra time to finish with 21 for the game. Dwight Howard grabbed an impressive 20 rebounds to go with 10 points. DJ Augustin scored 22 off the bench for Charlotte.
Getting of to a poor start against the Lakers proved to be just the wake up call the Magic needed. Orlando will need the success to continue in the tough week ahead. Take a look.