After three quarters of play, it looked like the Magic were on their way to losing their second game in three nights. Yet, late in the game, something clicked. Down 84-73 early in the fourth quarter, Stan Van Gundy called a timeout and said something to his team that turned things around. The Magic responded with an 11-0 run, and they went on to win 106-100. Courtney Lee finished with 18 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter. Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu each had 23 points.
Fantastic fourth quarter
The Magic outscored the Sixers 36-20 in the fourth quarter. Lee made four of his last five shots, including three three-pointers. The Magic turned a 28-19 rebounding deficit to a 34-33 advantage. Without a doubt, a switch flipped for the Magic. And it’s a good thing, because this would’ve been a bad loss for the Magic.
There wasn’t joking around tonight – very few Dwight Howard smiles, no putting a curse on opponents’ free throws. It was all business as the Magic were still feeling the effects of the loss to Detroit on Friday night. That’s a good thing. I love that the Magic consist of quality, fun-loving guys, but you get to a point where that joking around spills onto the court, and the Magic lose a slight competitive edge against tougher teams like the Celtics and Pistons. Some say LeBron James is too serious, too competitive – but his tenacity is why he’s a winner. He has one goal in mind: beating the other team. Nothing will distract him or stop him from achieving that goal. The Magic – particularly Howard or Turkoglu – are jokesters. They cut up and bust chops before the game, at halftime, sometimes even during the game. It’s all fun and games until they’re losing. I’m not saying the Magic should lose their personality, because that’s what makes this team so likable and fun to watch. I know these guys are professionals, and they can bring it when it’s time to bring it. When the game starts, let’s get serious.