Not much was expected of the Magic after Dwight Howard was finally traded in August.
Orlando, however, is beginning to prove otherwise.
The Magic look to extend their season-high three-game win streak Wednesday night when they host the league-worst Washington Wizards.
After a 5-10 start, the new-look Magic (11-13) have started to come together by winning six of nine in December. They notched their fourth win in five games Monday, rallying for a 102-93 victory over Minnesota.
"I'm pleased with the improvements we've made individually and as a team,'' coach Jacque Vaughn said. "We're believing in each other, but we still know that we have a lot of work to do.''
While Howard tries to help the Los Angeles Lakers get back to .500, the big men who have replaced the perennial All-Star center are playing key roles for the Magic.
Glen Davis has taken over as the team's scoring leader (16.2 points per game), and had 28 points on 13-of-17 shooting on Monday.
Center Nikola Vucevic added ...