Dwight Howard has monster game for Orlando over hapless Nets

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Check out this video highlight: Orlando's Dwight Howard bats a ball into the third row and salutes the crowd early on in Thursday's blowout of the Nets at home.

ORLANDO -- The New Jersey Nets don't have center Brook Lopez. The Orlando Magic have center Dwight Howard. Translation: Nets get blown out. And that's exactly what happened before the home crowd Thursday night as the Magic easily dispatched of the Nets, 94-78.

Howard had a monster game with 24 rebounds, two shy of his career high, along with 16 points with no one up front to stop him. Lopez, talked about just a couple of weeks ago as potential trade bait for Howard, underwent surgery last Friday for what the Nets termed a non-displaced stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal of the right foot. What that means is the second best player on the Nets behind point guard Deron Williams is a non-factor for at least six to eight weeks.

Even if Lopez had been healthy and in this game, the way Howard was playing, it probably would not have made a difference. Ryan Anderson led five Magic players in double figures with 22 points, followed by 16 for Jason Richardson equalling Howard's total. J.J. Redick had 15 points and Hedo Turkoglu contributed 11 in what was a balanced scoring attack.

Marshon Brooks with 17 points off the bench and Williams with 10, were the only Nets players scoring in double digits.

The Magic led by six at halftime, but pulled away in the second half with coach Stan Van Gundy telling reporters his players might have really "opened it up" with the final score had "we'd been able to make free throws."

The Magic players only converted 52 percent of their free throws, going 13 for 25.

Orlando improves to 2-1 on the season while New Jersey drops to 1-2.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper serving the Daytona Beach-New Smyrna Beach / Sanford-Orlando metropolitan region via HeadlineSurfer.com. Florida's first around-the-clock newspaper was launched April 7, 2008, in New Smyrna Beach, initially as NSBNews.net and VolusiaNews.net. Headline Surfer is a registered trademark of NSB News LLC. Headline Surfer® Publisher Henry Frederick, is recognized as one of Florida's top award-winning cops & courts reporters, who has received more awards for such coverage than any other reporter working in Central Florida. He's the top journalist in the Florida Press Club two years running with seven journalism awards for 15 breaking news and investigative stories, three blogs and top internet site. He's the only reporter to win awards for coverage of the Trayvon Martin slaying as well as the subsequent George Zimmerman murder trial acquittal in Sanford. He's also won state, regional and national journalism awards for his coverage of cops and courts fear 8 1/2 years at the Daytona Beach News-Journal, where he witnessed and reported on the execution of serial killer Aileen Wuornos and covered the civil trial brought by NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt's widow to keep his autopsy files sealed. Before that before he covered cops & courts for Gannett Suburban Newspapers / The Journal News in Westchester and Rockland counties in New York, where he won a highly-coveted Associated Press Award for breaking news. Before launching the 24/7 internet newspaper in 2008, he was an award-winning city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette, in his native Massachusetts for two years, winning a national investigative award on municipal corruption. The first of Frederick's three books, for which he has secured publishing rights, is called "Creepy Ass Cracker" (840 pages, Xlibris), which will hit bookstores in September. His second book, "Wrestling ReWind," is expected to be published in January 2015. The third book is not yet titled.
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