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.
- Boxscore - NBA.com
- Magic vs. Nets (Video) - NBA.com
- Notebook: Magic 108, Nets 91 - Abe Schwadron - NBA.com
- Dwight Howard dominates in audition for Nets - AP
Dwight Howard 'humbled' by Nets fans - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Rapid Reaction: Magic 108, Nets 91 - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Speculation Resumes as Howard Visits Nets - Jake Appleman - New York Times
- Nets fall to Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic, 108-91 - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
- Dwight Howard's destination remains unknown despite hope of bringing Nets magic - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
- Magic's Howard shows Nets what they’re missing - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Nets’ Lopez would love to play with Howard - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Deron gets motivation - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Nets fans give Howard a big-time reception - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Former Nets teammates Lopez, Anderson still close- Tim Bontemps - New York Post
Nets lose Monday's Magic vs. Orlando - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
Dwight Howard on LeBron and "The Decision" - Stefan Bondy - The InterNets
- Nets doomed by Howard, Magic, 108-91 - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- Nets put on the Ritz for Magic star - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- Nets notes: Brook Lopez plan Andy Vasquez - The Record
- Post Game Plus (Video) - Chris Shearn - YES Network
- From the Booth (Video) - Ian Eagle & Jim Spanarkel - YES Network
- Brook Lopez Interview (Video) - YES Network
- Anthony Morrow Interview (Video) - YES Network
- Nets pull out all stops for Dwight Howard, lose - Zach Schronbrun - New York Newsday
Nets have no Magic in latest loss (Post-game Video Inside) - Gregory Hrinya - Examiner
- Nets fans get good look at Dwight Howard as Magic crush New Jersey (Video) - Josh Robbins - Orlando Sentinel
- Stan Van Gundy speaks after Wednesday s Magic Nets game (Video) Josh Robbins - Orlando Sentinel
- Photo Gallery: Orlando Magic at New Jersey Nets - Orlando Sentinel