The Magic beat the Celtics yesterday, lifting Orlando’s record to 9-8.
A minor accomplishment in the grand scheme? Yes.
A big deal for the Magic? Absolutely.
Orlando hadn’t had a winning record in more than two years – the longest active period for an NBA team to be .500 or worse.
The Magic’s last winning record was 3-2 in 2013, when Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo and Jason Maxiell were starting. They followed that Nov. 6, 2013 win over the Clippers with an off day then dropped three straight. Orlando hadn’t seen a winning record since.
A three-game winning streak since Scott Skiles changed his lineup has the Magic tied for eighth in the East. They can finally experience the small bit of optimism and confidence that comes with a winning record. It’s not much, but it’s more than they could have said for years.
To put the drought into perspective, here’s how many days each team had gone through Saturday since its last winning record. If you don’t already know the drill, keep scrolling – and scrolling and scrolling – for Orlando.