Note: since there is no basketball, and we were supposed to have games, we will imagine there were games. With the help of AccuScore, Strat-o-Matic and Basketball Prospectus, we can imagine an NBA season even if there is not one actually going on. So with that, we begin to imagine the 2011-12 season.
Eventually Dwight Howard just was not going to take it anymore. Eventually the Magic would break through with their dynamic, high-powered offense and make up for lackluster efforts in the first two games. You just don't want to be the team standing in the way when the Magic finally woke up.
The Magic took to the floor at the Verizon Center and wiped the floor with the Wizards for a 113-84 win. Orlando took control in the third quarter with a 34-10 run that stretched from the second quarter. The Magic had a 33-19 advantage in the third quarter and led by as much as 33 in the game.
Howard turned in an epic performance with 33 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Hedo Turkoglu was there for support with 23 points and seven assists as Orlando shot 56 percent from the floor as a team.
The defense, meanwhile, suffocated Washington holding John Wall to seven points on 2-for-14 shooting and a team shooting of 38 percent. The Magic always seem to put in these performances against Washington, but the Wizards should have their chin up and the Magic might need to be a little worried.
AccuScore's simulation of this game ended much differently than Strat-o-Matic's.
Dwight Howard too had a big game there but Nick Young's 28 points proved to be the difference in a 112-104 victory for the Wizards.
You average the two scores and you get 108-98. That score sounds about right. I am comfortable giving the Magic the early season win behind Dwight Howard's mega performance.