Magic Vs. Lakers: Dwight Howard Dominates As Orlando Rolls To 92-80 Win Over Los Angeles

The Magic took advantage of a road-weary Laker team, jumping out to a big first half lead and cruising to a twelve point win behind a 20-20 performance from Dwight Howard.

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Lakers Vs. Magic Final Score: Orlando Cruises To 92-80 Win Over Los Angeles

The Orlando Magic cruised to a 92-80 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Amway Arena on Friday night. The Lakers came to town on the second night of a back-to-back, weary after playing their starters for nearly the entire game on Thursday in a relatively non-competitive matchup against the Heat.

Playing against one of the best frontcourts in the league, Dwight Howard simply dominated the Lakers on the glass. He finished with a 20-20 game, grabbing 23 boards and pitching in 21 points. Howard immediately got Andrew Bynum into foul trouble and then went to work from there. Jameer Nelson hit three of four from behind the arc and added 17 points against a weak Laker point guard spot. All five starters were in double figures.

The Lakers looked tired from the tip, shooting less than 30 percent in the first half. Kobe Bryant dropped in 30 points, but he had little help. LA tried to make a run in the fourth but they just didn't have enough gas as Orlando quickly countered any momentum. Coming off the overtime loss to San Antonio, it was crucial for the Magic to pounce on the weary Lakers. And they did just that. They now enjoy two days off before traveling to Boston to face the aging Celtics on the second day of a back-to-back.

For more on the Magic, please visit Orlando Pinstriped Post, SB Nation's Magic blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit ESPN Los Angeles and Silver Screen and Roll, SB Nation's Lakers blog.

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Lakers Vs. Magic Score Update: Orlando Takes 17 Point Halftime Lead Over Los Angeles

Catching the Lakers on the second night of a back-to-back, the Orlando Magic jumped on the Los Angeles Lakers early on Friday night resulting in a 48-31 halftime lead. Many wondered why Laker coach Mike Browns played his starters throughout the fourth quarter last night, in a game that was never really in doubt in Miami. They paid the price at Amway Arena, as Dwight Howard drew two quick early fouls on Andrew Bynum, forcing him to the bench. Howard finished with 15 rebounds and added ten points against one of the few front lines in the NBA that do not consistently need to double him. But the early Bynum foul trouble did away with that capability.

After a cold shooting night in Miami, Kobe Bryant was the only Laker to get anything really going on the offensive end. He added 15 points on six of ten shooting, but no one else came close as Los Angeles shot less than 30 percent from the floor. Orlando will look to keep up the pressure in the second half and improve to 6-2 at home this season.

For more on the Magic, please visit Orlando Pinstriped Post, SB Nation's Magic blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit ESPN Los Angeles and Silver Screen and Roll, SB Nation's Lakers blog.

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Magic Vs. Lakers: Orlando Hosts Los Angeles For Its Fourth Game In Five Nights

Orlando has won three of its last four home games against the L.A. Lakers, but Friday's will be its fourth in five nights. Can the Magic send the Lakers' road record to 1-6?

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