Apr 13, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Atlanta Hawks power forward Josh Smith (5) attempts to score as Orlando Magic power forward Glen Davis (11) and power forward Ryan Anderson (33) defend during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Without Dwight Howard, Hawks Crush Magic 109-81

The Orlando Magic and the Atlanta Hawks met up in Orlando on Friday night and without Dwight Howard, the Magic couldn't put up much of a fight.

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Hawks Vs. Magic Final Score: Without Dwight Howard, Orlando Crushed 109-81

The Orlando Magic battled with the Atlanta Hawks for some playoff positioning, but without All-Star center Dwight Howard it wasn't much of a battle. The Magic were getting blown out at halftime and the gap in scoring was maintained through the second half of the game as the Hawks cruised to a 109-81 victory.

Without Howard in the lineup, the Magic struggled to score on offense and to slow down the Hawks big men defensively. Glen Davis and Von Wafer led the Magic in scoring with 16 points each, with Jason Richardson being the next leading scorer with just nine points.

For the Hawks, it was an easy game spreading the points around. Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, and Marvin Williams each scored 16 points for Atlanta while Jannero Pargo led the way in scoring with 17 points. The Hawks were able to get a lot of contribution from the bench, including both Jerry Stackhouse and Tracy McGrady picking up 11 points.

For more on this game and all things Orlando Magic basketball, please head over to Orlando Pinstriped Post. For a view from the other bench, please check out Peachtree Hoops, SB Nation's Atlanta Hawks blog. As always, you can head over to the SB Nation NBA hub page for more on this and every NBA game.

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Hawks Vs. Magic Score Update: Atlanta Blowing Out Orlando At Half

The Orlando Magic are playing yet again without All-Star center Dwight Howard on Friday night, and they've taken a beating in the first half against the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks shot 56 percent from the floor in the first 24 minutes, jumping out to a 62-42 halftime lead with a spate of easy buckets. Howard's absence, as has been the case over the past couple weeks, is a huge hole in the paint. Josh Smith has 10 points for Atlanta already while Joe Johnson has scored a game-high 11.

No one for Orlando has stepped up on the offensive end yet, with Glen Davis continuing his increased production but scoring only eight points so far. The Magic shot a woeful 19 percent from behind the arc, which is obviously their one way to a victory with Howard out. Jameer Nelson is just two of ten from the floor and Orlando has already committed ten turnovers as a team.

While the 20 point deficit will be hard to overcome against their division foe, if their guards can get hot from outside, things could get interesting for Stand Van Gundy's club.

For more on this game and all things Orlando Magic basketball, please head over to Orlando Pinstriped Post. For a view from the other bench, please check out Peachtree Hoops, SB Nation's Atlanta Hawks blog. As always, you can head over to the SB Nation NBA hub page for more on this and every NBA game.

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Dwight Howard Injury Update: Magic Star Getting Second Opinion In Los Angeles

The Orlando Magic will be hosting the Atlanta Hawks on Friday in what has turned into a pretty important game in terms of Playoff seeding. Unfortunately for the Magic, they will be without their star Dwight Howard in that game. According to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Howard is in Los Angeles getting a second opinion on his back. But head coach Stan Van Gundy is still confident that the injury is a minor one.

"It's back spasms, basically, caused by bruising and getting pounded," Van Gundy said Thursday afternoon.

"It's not a disk problem or anything, but anybody who's been through back problems knows sometimes they resolve more quickly than others. We're heading down the stretch now, so as much as we'd like to get everybody together and have 'em out there and playing, we've also got to get healthy. It's a tough time."

I think it's pretty safe to assume that Dwight will not be in Orlando for the game tonight, and if the pain is bad enough that he has to fly across the Country, he could be out a little bit longer than that.

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Hawks Vs. Magic: Orlando, Atlanta Fight For Playoff Position

The Orlando Magic and the Atlanta Hawks will meet up in Orlando on Friday night where they will tussle for position in the Eastern Conference Playoff race.

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