The Lakers dropped a home game to Dwight Howard's ex-team to cap the weekend.
The NBA had an eventful weekend to start December, and it was punctuated on Sunday night by a victory by the Orlando Magic over the Los Angeles Lakers. Not only did Orlando (6-10) topple the Lakers and ex-teammate Dwight Howard, but they did so convincingly, 113-103. Magic guard Arron Afflalo, an L.A. native, scored 30 points as the team shot an even 50 percent from the field and made 19-20 from the free throw line.
Elsewhere around the league, Saturday night featured a marquee game in each conference. The Miami Heat (12-3) defeated the Brooklyn Nets (11-5) at home by the score of 102-89 in a game in which Dwyane Wade looked like the player that fans are used to seeing, scoring over 30 points for the first time this season. Out west, the San Antonio Spurs (14-4) scored a 99-95 overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies (12-3) on the road.
Friday night featured a host of cross-conference matchups, but the week's marquee game saw the Lakers blow out the Denver Nuggets (8-9) 122-103 at home. The most exciting finish, though, happened in the ATL, where the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-13) defeated the Atlanta Hawks (9-5) 113-111 thanks to a last-second tip-in by Alonzo Gee.