Dwight Howard controlled the paint with 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead his Orlando Magic to victory over the Los Angeles Lakers 96-94 Sunday at the Amway Arena. Vince Carter posted 25 poinst as Jameer Nelson contributed for 15. Kobe Bryant put up 34 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals, despite missing his final attempt at the buzzer for LA to suffer their third loss in a row.
Yesterday’s NBA Finals regular season rematch was full of emotion. It was evident that both teams were desperate to gain the extra edge heading into the last few weeks of the regular season. “You could see it in everybody’s faces and everybody’s demeanor,” said Carter. “Everybody on that floor wanted to win that game. It wasn’t just, ‘Yeah, OK, whatever.’ It was, ‘Let’s go get it.’ That game was Game 7.” The Magic are now set to play the LA Clippers while the Lakers host the Toronto Raptors this Tuesday.
Dwight Howard posted 33 points and 17 rebounds to lead his Orlando Magic past the Detroit Pistons 116-91 yesterday at the Amway Arena. The game was reasonably close until the fourth quarter, where the Orlando defense held strong to allow just 14 points to their 33. Vince Carter shot well over 50 percent to claim 20 points on the night. Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis chipped in with 14 and 13, lifting Orlando to an impressive 21-5 record at home.
With the rest of the starters collectively covering their respective assignments, it was Howard who really took control with his physical play in the paint. “When there’s times on the court when you got to be physical like that, guys don’t back down on any challenge,” he said. “That’s what we have to do. We can’t back down from anybody.” The Magic are set to welcome the Dallas Mavericks on Friday as the Pistons return to host the Milwaukee Bucks.
Rashard Lewis netted the go-ahead score in the paint with 1.3 seconds left in regulation to push the Orlando Magic by the Boston Celtics 96-94 yesterday at the Amway Arena. Rasheed Wallace had a chance to tie it up with a 3-ball at the buzzer but failed to convert. Despite the loss in Orlando, not all was disappointing news for the C’s, as Rajon Rondo was named to join Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in the 2010 NBA All-Star game for the first time in his career.
Rondo, who was notified just before the game, took the opportunity to acknowledge the Big 3 for helping him really grow and develop through his four years in Boston. “I always thought I was an All-Star-caliber guard, but for the coaches to think so, it’s an honor,” said Rondo. “I try to play with that spirit, that tenacity each night. But having three future Hall of Famers in front of me, showing me how to do it, helped out a lot.”
The 23-year old PG was able to collect 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in his 37 minutes played. Ray Allen and Sheed led Boston in scoring with 20 and 17. It seemed as though the Celts were in control with an 11-point lead to start the fourth quarter. Orlando then proceeded to post 35 to their 22 in order notch the victory for themselves. “We deserved it,” said Doc Rivers. “I thought we completely lost our focus…We should’ve been up by 25 points.”
Boston will need to re-focus immediately for their next contest tonight against the Atlanta Hawks before hosting the LA Lakers at the Garden on Sunday.
LeBron James dominated in an early season rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic with 36 points, as the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to win 102-93 yesterday at the Amway Arena. Lately the 5-3 Cavs have started to find their rhythm after starting the season slower than anticipated. “I think we just played with a sense of urgency,” said James. “We’re in attack mode. The whole game we put pressure on their defense.”
Shaquille O’Neal as always was a huge presence down low with 10 points. Even though his numbers weren’t necessarily through the roof, he contained Orlando’s premier center Dwight Howard to just 11 points and 7 rebounds. It’s not unusual for Howard to walk off the floor with a 20/20 stat line, so for Shaq to cut that in half and get him in foul trouble was key to Cleveland’s success.
LeBron and the Cavaliers can smile about their victory in Orlando following their dismal performance in the playoffs last season. James knows as a veteran that a lot of work lies ahead for his squad, saying “It’s just one game. We will see them later on this season.” The teams will meet again on Thursday, February 11th at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Longtime comedian Robin Williams will be kicking off his 2009 “Weapons of Self Destruction Tour” starting September 30th at the Indiana University Auditorium in Bloomington, IN. From there he will be touring several U.S. major cities including Chicago, Louisville, Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Hollywood, Orlando, Detroit, Washington, and Atlantic City. Since the 1970′s Williams has been performing stand-up and has not slowed down one bit. His most memorable tours include “An Evening with Robin Williams” in 1982, “Robin Williams: At The Met” in 1986, and “Robin Williams LIVE on Broadway” in 2002.
Williams is certainly looked to as a legend in the comedy world. He has not only achieved success live on stage for many years, but has also been featured on the big screen for quite some time. His debut film was “Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses” in 1977. Since then he has appeared in over 65 major motion pictures. His latest movie was “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” with Benn Stiller and Owen Wilson, which hit theaters in May of this year. He is currently working on movies that should be released by 2010 titled “Old Dogs” with John Travolta ”and Wedding Band”
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Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis has recently tested positive for an elevated testosterone level and will be required to serve a ten game suspension. Lewis is the sixth player to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs since the NBA began testing ten years ago. The reported drug found in his system was DHEA, which is considered a definite precursor to steroids. Lewis did not think he was taking any type of illegal substance, and clarified that what he took was all purchased over the counter. The suspension will cost him $1.6 million of his $18 million earnings this season.
Lewis has already decided to speak out on the subject. “First and foremost I take full responsibility for the situation and accept the corresponding penalty,” said Lewis. “I apologize to Magic fans, my teammates and this organization for not doing the research that should come with good judgment.” Lewis will definitely be back in action when the Magic take on the Boston Celtics at the TD Banknorth Garden Friday, November 20th.
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Despite immense amounts of media hype, video game simulations, and commercials featuring everything from sports drinks to muppets; the NBA is not getting a Kobe/Lebron finals match-up. The Lakers/Magic finals series could be far more entertaining, as Orlando is a more well-rounded squad than the Lebron-centric Cavs. On the way to the championship series, the Magic eliminated the last two Eastern Conference Champions (including the defending NBA Champion Celtics), and beat a very capable 76ers team.
The Los Angeles Lakers were taken to the brink by a Tracy McGrady-less rockets, and traded licks with a very tough Denver Nuggets squad. While neither of the two teams have played as many as last year’s 7-game-series-heavy Celtics, both have been through multiple drawn out matchups with tough opponents. Expect Laker forward “Candy Man” Lamar Odom and his Magic counterpart Hedo Turkgolu to vie for most 3-pointers, as an undercard to the Kobe/Howard athletics.
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In a battle for the second spot in the Eastern Conference standings with the playoffs just weeks away, the Orlando Magic found a way in the final minutes to stay ahead of the Boston Celtics. Dwight Howard had 24 points, 21 rebounds, and blocked the potential go ahead lay up by Paul Pierce with 3.8 seconds left. Rashard Lewis finished with 21 points, and Hedo Turkoglu contributed with 13 points and four assists.
With the win the Magic were able to claim their second straight Southeast Division title.
Pierce led Boston in scoring with 26 points and Ray Allen followed with 16 in their efforts. The Celtics may have a tough road ahead for the post-season if they have to travel to Orlando and Cleveland on their quest to get back to the championship. “Our guys don’t care about home court. They want to get healthy,” said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. “And when we get healthy, we’re willing to lace up against anybody.”
The Celtics will travel to Atlanta for their next game against the Hawks this Friday at 7:30 pm. They will need to put together a win streak for their final 9 games to regain home court advantage.
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Dwight Howard had 28 points, 12 rebounds, and was just 3 assists shy of a triple double to help the Orlando Magic blow out the Milwaukee Bucks 106-80 Wednesday night. Hedo Turkoglu netted 14 points with 10 rebounds as the Magic went on to earn their eighth win in 10 games.
The Bucks are fighting desperately for the last spot in the playoffs with a 31-39 record. Their next game will be against the Portland Trailblazers at home before they hit the road for four games.
The win for Orlando marked their second consecutive season with 50+ wins. “Other people can downplay winning a division title or winning 50 games,” said head coach Stan Van Gundy. “I’m appreciative of our guys’ effort and what it takes to get to 50 wins. To do it two years in a row is a measure of your organization getting better and getting some consistency. Look for the Magic to host the New York Knicks for their next game on Saturday, March 21st.
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The Portland Trailblazers have had a tough start to their season. Of the seven games they have played so far, six of them were against teams that won at least 52 games least year; three of which the Trailblazers won. Portland ended the Orlando Magic’s four-game winning streak, and highlighted the Magic’s recent troubles with scoring off the bench. Outside of their top six men, no one on the Magic is averaging more than four points a game. Despite 35 points from Hedo Turkoglu and 29 from Dwight Howard, the team only managed to get double digit points from two other players. The Trailblazers (still without last year’s #1 pick Greg Oden) benefited from 40 points off their bench, versus the Magic’s twelve. Portland finished strong and held on to secure their first road win of the season.
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