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Orlando Magic are a big threat in East

Heat have won 21 of 22, yes, but the other Florida team has made right moves

Originally Published: January 12, 2011
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider
Getty ImagesDwight Howard and the Magic are coming on strong -- again.

On Wednesday night, the new-look Orlando Magic visit New Orleans looking to extend their win streak to 10 games. If it weren't for the Heat and their 21 victories in 22 games, the Magic would garner recognition as the league's hottest team. And they're not just beating up on the league's doormats, either: They have defeated three league titans -- the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs -- by a combined 40 points.

The Magic's steamroll through has many people wondering: Is this version better than the 2008-09 team that reached the Finals?

From the looks of it, the answer appears to be a resounding "yes."


For Haberstroh's full explanation of why this year's Magic squad is better than the one that made the finals, you need to be an ESPN Insider.