Last night, the Orlando Magic blew a 21-point, first-half lead--and a 15-point halftime lead--to the Washington Wizards in arguably the most frustrating, embarrassing loss of the season. That game prompted me to look into Orlando's history of coughing up big leads this year. Here's a list, presented without comment. Let me know if I've forgotten anything.
|25 Nov.||Miami||11||7:58, 4Q||L, 99-98|
|10 Dec.||Utah||18||8:40, 2Q||L, 120-111|
|8 Jan.||Washington||10||10:39, 4Q||L, 104-97|
|18 Jan.||L.A. Lakers||9||3:16, 3Q||L, 98-92|
|23 Jan.||Charlotte||16||1:31, 3Q||W, 104-95 (OT)|
|25 Jan.||Memphis||16||7:18, 2Q||L, 99-94|
|31 Jan.||Detroit||14||6:22, 2Q||W, 91-86|
|5 Feb.||Washington||21||2:22, 1Q||L, 92-91|
Of course, this examination doesn't give Orlando any credit for surmounting double-digit deficits itself, which it did against Boston last week and against Atlanta on Thanksgiving Day. It also overcame a 13-point deficit against the Lakers, only to fall short, as listed in the chart above. The point is that virtually no Magic lead is safe. 6 times in their last 15 games, the Magic have failed to protect considerable leads. Make of that what you will.