Magic are the NBA’s top defensive team

The Magic have spent most of the season in the top five of the NBA’s defensive efficiency rankings. After the past seven games, where the Magic have played some particulary inspired defense, Orlando is rated No. 1 in the NBA. Defensive efficiency is defined as points allowed per every 100 possessions. The Magic are allowing 102 points every 100 possessions, while scoring 110. In the past seven games – which include contests against Boston, Cleveland and Detroit – the Magic are holding opponents to 40.6 shooting percentage. The only game in which they allowed 100 points was a 112-103 win over Washington. It’s a refreshing statistic for a team that was considered a poor defensive team coming into this season. Much of the team’s defensive success can be attributed to Dwight Howard, who came into the year with his mind set on turning up the D. Howard is a lock for defensive player of the year. Here’s a look at Orlando’s defensive performance in the past seven games:

W MIL 29-77, 12 turnovers, 80 points against L CLE 39-84, 13 turnovers forced, 97 points against W UTA 32-86, 10 turnovers forced, 87 points against W WAS 39-80, 10 turnovers forced, 103 points against W CHI 27-86, 16 turnovers forced, 79 points against L DET 40-91, 7 turnovers forced, 98 points against W BOS 30-76, 17 turnovers forced, 79 points against TOTAL 236-580, 85 turnovers, 89 points per game

Philip Rossman-Reich

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Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily