February 22, 2012
Dwight Howard dominates in audition for Nets
NEWARK, N.J.—Dwight Howard had 20 points and 17 rebounds and the Orlando Magic rolled to a 108-91 victory over the 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 to their ninth straight win over the Brooklyn-bound Nets.
For more, read Tom Canavan's AP game recap: Click Here
or view the TV Companion enhanced box score.
NETS-MAGIC LIVE CHAT
NETS NOTES C Brook Lopez, playing his second game this season, scored 15 points on 7-of-16 shooting, adding 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. He'll remain in New Jersey to continue rehabbing his now-healed foot, with a plan mapped out by the team: "Avery keeps his secrets," Lopez joked. "I’m sure he’s going to torture me."
Rookie G MarShon Brooks closed out an impressive first half-season in fine fashion, setting career-highs with 24 points, 10-of-15 field goals and 4-of-7 threes. He'll represent the team as a member of "Team Chuck" during Friday's BBVA Rising Stars Challenge in Orlando at All-Star 2012.
G Deron Williams, who finished with 23 points (8-18 FGs, 4-8 3Ps), 6 rebounds and 8 assists, will participate in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge on Saturday and the 2012 All-Star Game on Sunday...G Anthony Morrow played 23 minutes, scoring 4 points, and will compete in the Foot Locker
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PHOTO OF THE GAME
|LINE OF THE NIGHT|
24 PTS, 2 AST
5 REB, 2 STL
10-15 3Ps, 4-7 3Ps
|On Brook Lopez:
"Brook played all right. I thought he played a little bit better, got his legs under him a little bit more, got his touch back. It’s going to take him some time.
He’s not just going to come back from an injury like that and just give you 20 and 10 every night. I think it’s a process.'"