Nets Can't Recover From Rough First Quarter vs. Magic and Howard Who Calls Nets Fan Reaction "Humbling"

Feb 22, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) drives against New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the second half at the Prudential Center. Orlando Magic defeat the New Jersey Nets 108-91. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

The good news is that the Nets played even with the Orlando Magic for the final three quarters. The bad news is that they put themselves in a 17-point hole in the first. The result: an easy 108-91 victory for Orlando at the Prudential Center. Along the way, Nets fans let Dwight Howard know he'd be more than welcome in Newark or Brooklyn.

Howard called the fan reaction a "humbling experience." but when asked about the Nets and the future, he said he's focused on basketball.

The Magic shot 15-24 in the first quarter, led 34-17 after the first 12 minutes, and by as many as 22 midway through the second. Another flurry of third-quarter threes from Deron Williams cut the lead to eight, but the Magic answered with a 12-2 run and the Nets never got to within single-digits after that.

MarShon Brooks led the Nets with 24 points, shooting 10-for-15 from the field and 4-for-7 from three-point range. Williams finished with 23 points, six rebounds and eight assists. And in his second game back from surgery, Brook Lopez scored 15 points on 7-for-16 shooting, but grabbed just four rebounds in 28 minutes. Howard led the Magic, who shot 54 percent for the game, with 20 points and 17 rebounds.

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