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Orlando Magic 112, Atlanta Hawks 98: the Morning After

  • Magic-Hawks, Game 2 - Frank Hughes -

    The Magic's second-half performance in their 112-98 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 reminded Sports Illustrated's Frank Hughes of an Orlando team of a different vintage.

    But in the second half, the Magic looked like the mid-90s Magic, when Shaquille O'Neal dominated the middle and Nick Anderson, Dennis Scott and Penny Hardaway were launching from the perimeter.

    He adds that, based on the Hawks' body language during Orlando's second-half surge, Atlanta is "going to need more than a change of venue" in order to get back into this series.

  • PBN | No charity

    Tony Mejia of Pro Basketball News makes this bold declaration:

    If [Dwight] Howard knocks down free throws at anywhere near the rate he drained them at on Thursday (13-for-18), they're going to open up Orlando's new Amway Center by hanging a championship banner come late October.

  • Jameer Nelson of the Orlando Magic has stepped up to arguably become the MVP of NBA playoffs -

    After yet another spectacular performance by Jameer Nelson, George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel asks, "[H]as there been a point guard more important than Nelson in these playoffs?"