Magic Showing Improvement, Getting Over The Injury Bug

After Saturday night’s 88-82 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy called the game the “best win of the season.” The Magic were playing without forwards Ryan Anderson, Quentin Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu. Orlando got both Anderson and Richardson back Monday night against the Detroit Pistons, but were missing their superstar center Dwight Howard, who missed his third game with back spasms. The Magic absolutely destroyed the Pistons en route to a 119-89 victory. Van Gundy was again very excited, saying the Magic played even better.

“We played better tonight on an offensive standpoint,” Van Gundy said. “Our competitive level was high.”

All five Magic starters scored in double figures in their win over the Pistons and they were even able to empty their bench, finishing the game with a lineup of Daniel Orton, Earl Clark, Justin Harper, Von Wafer and Ish Smith.

“Everybody moved the ball,” Van Gundy explained. “Everybody deserves credit.

The Magic have not been nearly as good on defense this season as they have in years past, but they’ve been much better lately.

“I just think these last couple of games, especially the Philly game, we’ve been on the same page,” Glen Davis explained. “Just the same page defensively, energy-wise, everybody’s trying to read the book and be on the same page.

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