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March 6, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Dwight Howard had an acrimonious departure from the Orlando Magic. Naturally, with his debut as a visitor in Orlando nearing (March 12), shots are already being fired across the country. "My team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted," said Howard in a video interview with CBS2/KCAL9 . "I was the leader and I led that team with a smile on my face. " Howard and the Magic advanced to the NBA Finals in 2009, losing to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. Former teammate and current Magic point guard Jameer Nelson took exception to Howard's characterization.
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January 24, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
  ORLANDO - Pau Gasol is often considered the quiet star of the Lakers, the one who doesn't use death stares or bared teeth to show his emotion. Not on Friday. Gasol tore into the Lakers after a meek 114-105 loss to the woeful Orlando Magic, angrily asking his teammates why they lost to a lousy team and challenging them to turn it around quickly. He accented the point by hurling his basketball shoes in the locker room, he later acknowledged. Gasol's career credentials didn't need repeating, but two championships in three trips to the NBA Finals gave him a pulpit to pound if he wished.
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June 4, 2009 | Broderick Turner
The Lakers were thoroughly beaten in last year's NBA Finals by their most hated rivals, the Boston Celtics. They lost Game 6 in dubious fashion, the 39-point differential being the largest in a clinching game in NBA Finals history and the second-largest margin overall for any Finals game. The Lakers were labeled "soft" when they withered from the physical pounding delivered by the Celtics.
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March 6, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Dwight Howard had an acrimonious departure from the Orlando Magic. Naturally, with his debut as a visitor in Orlando nearing (March 12), shots are already being fired across the country. "My team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted," said Howard in a video interview with CBS2/KCAL9 . "I was the leader and I led that team with a smile on my face. " Howard and the Magic advanced to the NBA Finals in 2009, losing to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. Former teammate and current Magic point guard Jameer Nelson took exception to Howard's characterization.
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March 6, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
NEW ORLEANS - Dwight Howard's big return to Orlando isn't until next Tuesday, but, sure, let's start the fighting now. Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson took offense to Howard's interview with CBS2/KCAL9 in which he said, "My team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted, and I was the leader and I led that team with a smile on my face. " No, Howard's teammate in Orlando for eight seasons did not like that one bit. "At some point, when are you gonna, as a man, when are you going to take ownership and stay out of the media in a professional manner?"
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June 3, 2009 | Brian Schmitz
There's at least one guy who fully expects All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson to play for the Orlando Magic in the NBA Finals. And that's Anthony Johnson -- the point guard whom Nelson probably would be replacing off the bench in the rotation. "I'm pretty sure he's going to be given the benefit of the doubt. I expect him to be out there sometime during the series," said Johnson, the veteran who has been backing up starter Rafer Alston.
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February 3, 2009 | Associated Press
Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and six rebounds, Jason Terry had 23 points and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Orlando Magic, 105-95, Monday night for their third consecutive victory. Josh Howard and Jason Kidd scored 13 points apiece for the Mavericks, who held Orlando to three-for-20 shooting from three-point range. Dwight Howard had 35 points and 11 rebounds, and Hedo Turkoglu scored 18 for the Magic, whose winning streak ended at three games.
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June 6, 2009 | Broderick Turner
One would think the Lakers would be satisfied with their performance in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic. The Lakers thoroughly dominated the Magic in winning by 25 points. They put the defensive clamps on the Magic, holding it to 30% shooting, bottled up Orlando center Dwight Howard and did not allow many clean looks for the Magic's three-point shooters. But nooo. "You're never extremely satisfied," Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw said Friday.
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June 11, 2009 | Brian Schmitz
Jameer Nelson essentially is using the largest event in the NBA as his mini-camp. The controversial Nelson experiment in the Finals hasn't gone the way the Orlando Magic had hoped. The team hasn't caught lightning in a bottle, much less a firefly. He'll remain Rafer Alston's backup at point guard for Game 4 tonight against the Lakers, although Anthony Johnson might want to begin light stretching in the bullpen, just in case.
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June 8, 2009 | Barry Stavro
Times staff writer Barry Stavro breaks down the keys to Orlando bouncing back in Game 3 of the NBA Finals: The Magic's point guards are the first group in the playoffs who haven't burned the Lakers' often erratic perimeter defense. Rafer Alston and Jameer Nelson have to do a better job of driving into the lane, finishing and generating (they only have 11 combined assists in two games). It was a sign of their problems that forward Hedo Turkoglu was handling the offense late in the game.
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March 6, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
NEW ORLEANS - Dwight Howard's big return to Orlando isn't until next Tuesday, but, sure, let's start the fighting now. Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson took offense to Howard's interview with CBS2/KCAL9 in which he said, "My team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted, and I was the leader and I led that team with a smile on my face. " No, Howard's teammate in Orlando for eight seasons did not like that one bit. "At some point, when are you gonna, as a man, when are you going to take ownership and stay out of the media in a professional manner?"
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December 12, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
The Clippers dug themselves a first-quarter hole Sunday against the Orlando Magic. A deep, 21-point one. The rest of the game, they clawed and climbed, but there wasn't enough time to reach the top, and they lost, 94-85. For the Clippers (5-20), it marked their eighth straight loss to Orlando (16-8). They can take solace in the fact they won each quarter after that first one, and they had a season-low eight turnovers. "Some positives, but not the result we're looking for," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said.
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May 25, 2010 | K.C. Johnson
Reporting from Boston Jeff Van Gundy is the brother of Orlando Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy and one of the wittiest voices in the NBA. But broadcasting trumped brotherhood during the Boston Celtics' Game 3 dismantling of the Magic, prompting Jeff to humorously wonder why Monday's Game 4 should even be played given Orlando's woeful effort last Saturday. Here's why: Magic 96, Celtics 92. In overtime. On the road. Anyone questioning the Magic's heart now? "If you don't think you can win the series, then it's just too easy to let go," Stan Van Gundy said.
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May 24, 2010 | By K.C. Johnson
Reporting from Boston -- Jeff Van Gundy is the brother of Orlando Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy and one of the wittiest voices in the NBA. But broadcasting trumped brotherhood during the Boston Celtics' Game 3 dismantling of the Magic, prompting Jeff to humorously wonder why Monday's Game 4 should even be played given Orlando's woeful effort on Saturday. Here's why: Magic 96, Celtics 92. In overtime. On the road. Anyone questioning the Magic's heart now? "If you don't think you can win the series, then it's just too easy to let go," Stan Van Gundy said.
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March 7, 2010 | By Broderick Turner
Matt Barnes was not going to back down from Kobe Bryant or Derek Fisher or any other Laker. Dwight Howard was going to be the aggressor, the attacker, the one to go at the Lakers. Vince Carter was going to be an offensive force even it was against defensive ace Ron Artest. The Orlando Magic felt if it had to make a stand against the Lakers, even if it meant getting technical fouls, setting hard screens, committing hard fouls or talking trash. Orlando Coach Stan Van Gundy summed up his team's 96-94 victory over the Lakers Sunday at Amway Arena the best.
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November 9, 2009 | Associated Press
Kevin Durant scored 28 points, Russell Westbrook added 17 points and 10 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder ran away from the Orlando Magic in the second half Sunday night for a 102-74 victory. The Magic, which came in 5-1, played for the fourth time this season without Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis, and also added Ryan Anderson to their injured list. The team seemed to run out of gas after a strong start. Oklahoma City raced out of halftime to score the first eight points, and then added a 9-0 spurt shortly thereafter to push its lead to 72-49 on Nick Collison's basket in the lane midway through the third period.
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November 9, 2009 | Associated Press
Kevin Durant scored 28 points, Russell Westbrook added 17 points and 10 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder ran away from the Orlando Magic in the second half Sunday night for a 102-74 victory. The Magic, which came in 5-1, played for the fourth time this season without Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis, and also added Ryan Anderson to their injured list. The team seemed to run out of gas after a strong start. Oklahoma City raced out of halftime to score the first eight points, and then added a 9-0 spurt shortly thereafter to push its lead to 72-49 on Nick Collison's basket in the lane midway through the third period.
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January 16, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Jalen Rose and the Toronto Raptors ended New York's winning streak with a club-record game. Rose had a season-high 31 points and the Raptors reached a franchise high in points, ending New York's six-game winning streak with a 129-103 victory Sunday at Toronto. The Raptors surpassed their previous record of 128 points -- done twice. Toronto also scored at least 30 points in all four quarters for the first time in team history. The Raptors shot 59%. Eddy Curry had 20 points for New York.
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June 16, 2009 | Mike Bianchi
Once the Orlando Magic players clear their heads of the hellacious hangover that comes with getting bounced from the NBA Finals, the common thought is the No. 1 priority must be to do whatever's necessary to keep free agent Hedo Turkoglu. Think again. The Magic's first order of business during this all-important off-season must be to do whatever's necessary to get rid of point guard Rafer Alston. You heard me.
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June 11, 2009 | Brian Schmitz
Jameer Nelson essentially is using the largest event in the NBA as his mini-camp. The controversial Nelson experiment in the Finals hasn't gone the way the Orlando Magic had hoped. The team hasn't caught lightning in a bottle, much less a firefly. He'll remain Rafer Alston's backup at point guard for Game 4 tonight against the Lakers, although Anthony Johnson might want to begin light stretching in the bullpen, just in case.
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