Dwight Howard delivered another MVP like performance playing all 48 minutes while scoring 33 points and grabbing 19 rebounds in the Magic’s 88-82 victory over the Hawks. On a night where Howard received his 2nd consecutive Defensive Player of the Year Award, it was fitting defense was the theme that prevailed in game 2 after an offensively powered game 1. Jamal Crawford delivered his 2nd straight 20 plus point performance off the Atlanta bench but Orlando held the rest of the Hawks to just 37% if you take away Crawford’s 8-17 from the floor.
More impressively Orlando only shot 34% from the field themselves but salvaged that poor offensive display by grabbing 20 offensive rebounds. Howard was an economical 9-12 from the floor and a robust 15-19 from the free throw line. His play as usual was stellar and although only two other Magic players reached double digits in scoring (Jameer Nelson 13 points, and Hedo Turkgolu 10 points), Howard’s teammates contributed with their defense and commitment to rebounding the ball tonight. Nelson was shockingly 2nd on the team with 8 rebounds in tonight’s affair which shows just how committed the team was to the glass. Coach Van Gundy was focused on improving the team’s defense after game 1 and he gave the credit to his team for the defense they played tonight. “It’s not anything I did—our guys did it,” Van Gundy said. Whether that is true or not, Orlando is glad to be tied going to Atlanta looking for a chance to steal the home court advantage back in this series.
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Written by Warren Shaw
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