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Nuggets vs. Magic 2012 reaction: Big Baby's big night

Magic power forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis was a monster -- in a good way -- in Orlando's season-opening win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

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Orlando Magic forward Glen Davis had 29 points and 10 rebounds in his team's 102-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. The big performance was a welcome sight from a player who has exhibited maturity issues over the past few years, says Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel.

Davis, who assumed the role vacated by Dwight Howard as a go-to interior offensive player, is excited about the opportunity that he has received from the Magic:

"It's a blessing that you have people who believe in you for a change, who believe in my talent and help me be who I've always wanted to be. This is what I've been waiting for. I feel like people are accepting Glen Davis for who he is. ... People who are accepting his talent instead of his flaws ... This is a new chapter in my life."

Davis believes he can shoulder that kind of load on a nightly basis. That's much more likely now that he is dealing with his issues than it was a few months back, when immaturity continued to rear its ugly head. As an outlet, Davis has taken up golf, which has given him a relaxing way to improve upon his focus. So far, it seems to be working for the 26-year-old out of LSU.

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