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News » Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-01-30


Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-01-30


Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-01-30
The Magic can no longer use the "no respect" line.

As the only team in the league with three players in next month's All-Star Game -- and some of their rivals upset about it -- the Magic officially will become a team that others really will enjoy beating.

"For a long time, we flew under the radar. We can't do that anymore," said Rashard Lewis, who was named a reserve Thursday, along with teammate Jameer Nelson. "It puts a target on your back, on the whole team's back."

It was the first time in franchise history that the Magic put three players on the All-Star team. The Cavaliers, who had the best record in the league until the Magic beat them Thursday, had only LeBron James make the team.

"It's funny how the best team only has one (All-Star) and everyone else has two or three," said Cleveland's Mo Williams. "We will see all those teams again. Trust me."

Rashard Lewis made the All-Star team for the second time in his career. Nelson made it for the first time. For center Dwight Howard, it will be his third All-Star appearance and his second as a starter.

"It's exciting. We deserved to have three," said Nelson. "It makes you more visible, more of a target, but that's a good thing. It keeps you sharp."

MAGIC 99, CAVS 88: LeBron James may be the best player in the league, but Dwight Howard has a much better supporting cast, giving the Magic fuel in their belief that they can finish ahead of the Cavaliers this season.

Howard had 22 points and 18 rebounds. Hedo Turkoglu had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Jameer Nelson had 18 points and hit 4-of-6 from three-point range. The Magic also held a 48-39 rebounding advantage. The Magic dominated throughout the second half in cruising to an easy victory.


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: January 30, 2009

 

 
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