The Magic did enough things right to frustrate the Lakers - although I thought Odom was going to ruin the night for us. Jameer has simply come up big late in games this year. We won a few close games last year, but the team was one dimensional in that most of the time, the play was going through Hedo. This year, we have 3 or 4 options in the final minutes and of course, you can't play the 3 point line too closely, because Howard can out leap anyone in the NBA. Howard had a 25/20 night in a "supporting role". I say that because some games it feels like Howard is just having an average game. Then you look at the stats and he's got 15-20 points and 15 rebounds on his way to another great night. His numbers usually come quietly - or maybe - it's just that I pay so much more attention to everyone else now.
However the Magic did it, I sure hope they keep playing the way they are. The Celtics are up next week and I feel that will be our true gauge of how far we've come this season.