PER Diem: Dec. 23, 2008

The Magic are nearing the upper crust of the NBA's top teams.

Updated: December 23, 2008, 2:26 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

Is it too outlandish to say the top three teams in basketball might all be in the same conference?

It's getting less so after watching Orlando dismantle another opponent while the Lakers continue to scuffle along. The Magic stayed within half a game of the Lakers at 22-6, after Monday's 113-81 blowout of Golden State, and they're coming off consecutive wins over the Lakers and Spurs. Orlando also is tied with three other teams for the league lead with 10 road wins.

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