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

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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.