NBA Finals: A Heavyweight And A Surprise

Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic surprised the basketball world Saturday night. The team and its star, who's nicknamed "Superman," toppled the team with the NBA's best record, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the league's most valuable player, LeBron James. Next on Superman's schedule: Thursday night, and the start of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers and their man of steel, Kobe Bryant.

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JACKI LYDEN, host:

We're back with ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Jacki Lyden. It was a dream scenario for the basketball gods. The NBA's best two teams all season, led by the league's best two players were plowing through the playoffs toward an inevitable final series that would start this week.

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers came through last week, but then…

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LYDEN: A little Magic and a Superman got in the way.

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LYDEN: Last night, Dwight Howard and the upstart Orlando Magic toppled the Cleveland Cavaliers and the league's most valuable player, LeBron James. It was a surprisingly easy win, 103 to 90. Howard's nickname is Superman, and he proved to be kryptonite to the high-flying LeBron James. Up next for Howard and company: They'll take their magic act to the NBA finals on Thursday night in Los Angeles, where the Lakers and their man of steel, Kobe Bryant, awaits.

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