Orlando Magic fans are reacting to their team's emphatic win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night as though they won the NBA Finals instead of an early December road game, and they have a reason to: after what Dwight Howard subjected the Magic and their fans to in his last year in pinstripes, the fans have every right to exult after upsetting Howard and his new team.
It seems like Magic guard J.J. Redick, who played alongside Howard from 2006-2012, might agree. Following the win, Redick posted the following message to his Twitter account:
Sweet win.That's for Orlando.On to the next one!— JJ Redick (@JJRedick) December 3, 2012
"That's for Orlando" says it all. Redick and Orlando's veterans seemed to have a little extra in store for Howard and the Lakers on Sunday.
Howard tallied 21 points and 15 rebounds in L.A.'s defeat, but missed 12 of his 21 foul shots, including seven of his 14 attempts in the final quarter as the Magic pulled away. Redick went 6-of-15 from the floor for 14 points off Orlando's bench, also contributing seven assists.