So far this season, all the attention in the NBA has gone to three teams: the Celtics, the Cavaliers and the Lakers. But for the first time this season, the team with the best record in the league is none of the three.
Riding a seven-game win streak that included Friday night's impressive victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles, the Orlando Magic have taken over the top spot in the association, with a 33-8 record, something they've accomplished despite playing the majority of their games on the road, where they are a remarkable 17-5.
Orlando, which did not play last night, went on top when the Lakers beat the Cavs, 105-88, in Los Angeles on Pau Gasol's 22-point, 12-rebound effort. The Lakers, at 32-8, are still far and away the best in the West, while the Cavs dropped to 31-8 with the loss. The Celtics, who seem to be getting things together after winning their fifth straight game in dominating fashion last night, are in the number-three spot in the East with a 34-9 record.
The Magic are enjoying the best start in franchise history thanks in large part to their 3-point shooting. They are leading the league in 3-pointers made (430, 64 percent more than the league average) and in accuracy (40.3 percent).
The Celtics and the Magic meet at 8 o'clock Thursday night in Orlando. They have faced each other just once so far this season, a 107-88 Celtics victory in Boston on Dec. 1.