ORLANDO Perhaps it's time to retire the talk that the Orlando Magic need to retire Dwight Howard's old jersey number.
While the booing and fouling of Howard in his return to town as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers was predictable, here's something that wasn't: Tobias Harris, making his third start since being acquired three weeks ago in the trade which sent J.J. Redick to Milwaukee, blocking Howard's shot to trigger a fast break resulting in a basket that gave the Magic a 57-56 in the third quarter.
Harris and the Magic began to run out of gas shortly thereafter, and the Lakers pulled away for a 106-97 victory. But the new No. 12 in blue and white was at the forefront of an effort that helped close the book for good on Howard's eight-year stay.
"We fought with the Lakers throughout that whole game," said Harris, who finished with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. "We can play with the best of them. And that's important, especially for being a young team."
Howard got a...