Orlando Magic Notebook: Beating the Lakers, Howard the MVP?

Magic Take Down the Lakers

The Orlando Magic dug down and got a much needed victory over the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday evening.

The game marked the first time the Magic beat a team with a record over .500 since they defeated the Dirk Nowitzki-less Dallas Mavericks on January 8. If you want to discredit that win because Dallas was without Nowitzki, you have to go back to December 30 when the Magic defeated the New York Knicks 112-103.

Not only did the Magic snap that streak but they did it against the two-time defending champions.

“I haven’t felt this good in a while,” Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy said following his team’s victory.

“Total team effort,” Dwight Howard said, following the game.

After the game, Jason Richardson told reporters he thought “enough is enough” and that it was time for the Magic to win a game like this and it’s the type of game the team can build on.

However, the Magic are going to overstate the importance of just one single game.

“We can’t have a good game tonight and come back Wednesday and not bring the same energy we brought tonight,” Howard explained. “We have to continue to do that and build upon it.”

Of course, when the Magic are able to win a game like that, it raises questions about why they can’t play like this more often.

Gilbert Arenas believes poor starts are one of Orlando’s big problems.

“We started the game of well,” Arenas said. “We didn’t play from behind, we just played a consistent game all the way through.”

“We just have to be consistent with whatever we do,” Howard said. “The way we played tonight was the way we have to play if we want to be considered a great team.”

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(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger and ESPN 1080’s Magic Insider (http://espn1080.com). Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here).

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