The Orlando Magic's emphatic defeat of the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night--they scored 40 points in the fourth to defeat Dwight Howard and company, 113-103--counts for just one win in the standings, but the team and its fans aren't treating it like that. Having endured the so-called Dwightmare for one season and over the summer as Howard wavered in his commitment to Orlando, Sunday's win felt like something more. And the team recognizes as much. On Monday morning, the Magic proclaimed it "Spirit Day" in Orlando:
We're proclaiming it Magic #SpiritDay in Orlando after last night's huge road win! Make sure you're representing the Magic today! #WeWill— Orlando Magic (@Orlando_Magic) December 3, 2012
I suppose one could remain skeptical about this approach to the victory. "Act like you've been there before," they might say. But Orlando hasn't been there before: it's their first win against Howard since he left the Magic, and Sunday's result galvanized the team and its fans.
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