Magic get better of Howard, stun Lakers

Mon Dec 3, 2012 2:08am EST
 

(Reuters) - The Orlando Magic caught fire in the fourth quarter to stun the Los Angeles Lakers 113-103 and get the better of former player Dwight Howard on Sunday.

In their first meeting since trading Howard to Los Angeles in the off-season, the struggling Magic surprised the Lakers by scoring 40 fourth-quarter points to snatch the road victory.

Arron Afflalo led the way with 30 points while Glen Davis added 23 and 12 rebounds to help Orlando (6-10) snap a three-game losing streak and win the battle against Howard.

"It means a lot to me," Magic guard Jameer Nelson told reporters of the win. "We can all say it was just a basketball game, but we know (it wasn't)."

Kobe Bryant tallied a game-high 34 points and Howard finished with 21 and 15 rebounds against his old team, but it was not enough to help the Lakers (8-9) under new coach Mike D'Antoni.

Los Angeles blew out Denver in one of their best performances of the season on Friday, but are just 3-4 since D'Antoni took over.

Things have not gone smoothly for Orlando either this season since a souring relationship with All Star center Howard led to them trading him to the Lakers.

Howard, who spent his first eight seasons in Orlando, said Sunday was just another game.

"That chapter was closed when I was traded. It wasn't emotional," Howard said. "It just bothered us that we didn't play the way we needed to. We were a step slow tonight."   Continued...