Originally written on PRO HOOPS CENTRAL  |  Last updated 11/18/14

Orlando center Dwight Howard leaves the court after the Magic's 99-86 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida, Sunday, June 14, 2009. The Lakers won the Finals with the victory. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel/MCT) Photo via Newscom

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Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard had one of those nights on Friday, that strike fear in the other 29 teams in the Association. Howard once again joined the most exclusive fraternity in the NBA; “CLUB 20-20” as he scored 21 points and grabbed 23 boards and helped his club lay waste to the visiting Los Angeles Lakers by a final score of 92-80. Los Angeles limped out of the game to start the contest and Orlando showed no mercy holding a double-digit lead at the end of the first quarter. The Magic were so dominant in the first 24 minutes of play that even with the Lakers outscoring them in the final two quarters; the outcome of the game was never really in doubt. The final score would have been far more lopsided if not for the efforts of Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant who scored 30 of his team’s 80 points for the night. The fact that the “Black Mamba” did make up most of the Los Angeles offense may not bode well for the club; historically Bryant’s frustration with his teammates ha...
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