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March 16, 2012

GAME 45: MAGIC 86, NETS 70

Howard leads Magic to win over Nets

ORLANDO, Fla. A day after NBA fans finally found out where Orlando's biggest star would spend his immediate future, one of the teams long thought to be his preferred destination got a reminder of what they missed out on.

Dwight Howard scored 18 points, Jameer Nelson and Glen Davis each had 13 and the Magic easily beat the Nets 86-70 Friday night.

Ryan Anderson added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic, who built a 20-point lead and cruised from there. Orlando won for the fourth time in five games and extended its winning streak against the Nets to 10.

Reserve Gerald Green scored 15 points to lead the Nets. DeShawn Stevenson, who scored 11 points, was the only New Jersey starter to reach double figures.

For more, read Kyle Hightower's AP game recap: Click Here
or view the TV Companion enhanced box score.



THE STAT: Jerry Smith, signed by the Nets to a 10-day day contract Friday, is the fifth D-League player the Nets have added to their roster this season.

ROOKIE WATCH: MarShon Brooks had two points and two turnovers in a starting role for the Nets.

For more, read Dick Scanlon's notebook

NETS NOTES In his final game starting before trade acquisition Gerald Wallace takes over the role, F DeShawn Stevenson tallied 11 points (4-6 FGs, 3-5 3Ps), 4 rebounds and a steal...Rookie F-C Jordan Williams posted 10 points and 6 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.


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Gerald Green
38 1/2 MIN
14 PTS, 4 REB
6-9 FGs, 2 STL

DeShawn Stevenson
On the coming lineup change:

"Coach (Johnson) came to me and we have a great relationship. I respect him and at the end of the day I just want to win. I want to be on a winning team.

I think Gerald (Wallace) will help us and D-Will will obviously help us. It is just an addition and whenever my name is called I will go out there and be a pro."

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