Found February 22, 2012 on
Orlando Magic Daily:
Dwight Howard fouled Brook Lopez on the first play of the game. When the got the ball in the post next, he brushed aside Lopez and Deron Williams beneath the basket and rose up for a powerful dunk.
And with that, the blue paint was opened and the Magic had free reign throughout the evening.
Dwight Howard scored 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting and grabbed 17 rebounds, including seven offensive rebounds. His strong play early opened things up and relaxed everyone. The ball was moving and the shots were falling.
New Jersey could not keep pace. The team's shots were not falling and Deron Williams could not quite penetrate inside the basket. Orlando attacked on both ends strongly and took a 34-17 lead after one quarter.
That proved to be the difference. When the team needed to buckle down, it did. When it needed to quit joking around -- and this game was a laugher for most of it -- it got a good shot and, more importantly made it.
The Magic might as well have been toying with the...
BEST OF MAXIM
The lion's share of Orlando's leverage could be decided by how confident Dwight Howard is in earning a maximum-salary contract in the season after his contract with New Jersey or Dallas would expire.
Dwight Howard had 20 points and 17 rebounds and the Orlando Magic rolled to a 108-91 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night.
Howard, who can become a free agent in July if the Magic don't trade him by the March 15 trading deadline, got the loudest cheers from the crowd of 15,364 in the pregame introductions.
And the center didn't disappoint in leading the Magic...
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard called the love and appreciation New Jersey Nets fans and the organization showed him on Wednesday night "a humbling experience," but would not comment on his potential desire to join the Nets via trade or free agency.
Carmelo Anthony was back for the Knicks, but neither he nor Jeremy Lin had an answer for Deron Williams, whose 38 points led the lowly Nets to a surprising 100-92 win at the Garden.