The Orlando Magic defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by a final score of 113-103 in Dwight Howard's first game against his former team.
“We can all say it was just a basketball game, but we know because of things that happened in the past, especially for our fans, it means a lot more to come get this victory," said Jameer Nelson. "A lot of guys that are on this team now didn’t go through what we went through last year: myself, J.J. and Glen and Turk. We went through some things.”
“We played big tonight,” Davis said.
“It means a lot, showing the hard work that we’ve been putting in and just staying together as a group. And, also, it gives back home the fans something to be proud of, something to feel good about, that we’re a young team and we’re trying to make a difference.”
Howard didn't shake hands with any players after the game.
“That’s fine,” Nelson said. “Certain guys don’t shake hands after the game.
“I don’t have any hard feelings to the guy. He made a decision to do what he did. He’s on the team that he’s on. I’m here in Orlando, where I want to be. I just wish him the best of luck. I’m not going to go up and hug him and kiss him or anything like that. I think my coach would be mad at me.”