Christmas comes early for Lakers

Updated: November 26, 2003, 8:16 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
The Orlando Magic defeated the New York Knicks on opening night to start the season 1-0 and tied for the best record in the league.

I'm scanning December schedules for every NBA team trying to figure out who has the most road games, who plays the toughest opponents and which team has to go back to back most often in order to rank the upcoming schedules.

When I get to New York's schedule, I notice the same Knicks that lost to Orlando beat Sacramento a week later. And those same Kings ended up beating the Detroit Pistons, who later defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, who beat the defending NBA champion Spurs on Nov. 6.