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Magic Deserved This Game

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The will was there, and so was the way. The Magic deserved this game because they played a far better game of basketball, at both ends of the floor, than they had as they fell into that 0-3 abyss from which no NBA team has yet to return. On offense, they spaced the floor, moved the basketball and attacked the basket, and when all else failed, they had a reliable weapon in the missed-shot department with 17 second-chance points, especially if Dwight Howard was anywhere in the vicinity. He had 32 points and 16 rebounds, five on the offensive backboard. He was an immense problem for the Celtics all night.

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