Apr 5, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives around Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Knicks Vs. Magic: Dwight Howard Ineffective As New York Cruises To 16-Point Win

The second act of a day-long drama at Amway Center took place on the floor on Thursday night, as Dwight Howard had one of the quietest games of his career against the New York Knicks.

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Knicks Vs. Magic Recap: Dwight Howard Ineffective As New York Cruises To 16-Point Win

The New York Knicks came to Orlando to partake in the second act of a day-long drama at Amway Center. The Knicks blew out the Magic, 96-80, as Dwight Howard, coming on the heels of today's remarkable press conference with Stan Van Gundy, disappeared during the game and was simply a non-factor. It was one of the least productive games of his career, as he finished with only eight points and eight rebounds. He was scoreless at the half, and had just two points deep into the fourth quarter. NBA pundits are already concluding that he mailed it in after today's tumult, where Van Gundy admitted that management has told him Howard wants him gone.

With Howard simply not impacting the game, the Magic were not competitive in the second half and New York cruised over the final 10 minutes. The Knicks shot 49 percent from the floor and had five players in double figures. Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 19 points.

Orlando will now have a day off before playing the Sixers in Philadelphia on Saturday night. There will certainly be more drama between now and then.

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Knicks Vs. Magic Score Update: New York Leads By 12 At Halftime In Orlando

In one of the most bizarre and tumultuous days in Orlando Magic history, Stan Van Gundy's club finally took the floor for an actual game after a day of drama. The Magic have looked sluggish on the offensive end so far against the New York Knicks and trail 56-44 after one half.

Dwight Howard, who was at the center of today's dramatic press conference with Stan Van Gundy, has exactly zero points through the first 24 minutes. He's taken two shots and grabbed four rebounds, while picking up two fouls. Jason Richardson has 14 points while Glen Davis, coming off a career high in Detroit, has 13 points.

Carmelo Anthony leads the Knicks with 17 points, hitting two of three attempts from behind the arc. As a team, the Knicks are shooting 60 percent from behind the arc to build the double-digit lead. But all eyes will certainly be on Howard in the second half.

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Magic Vs. Knicks Preview: Orlando Proceeds On, Despite Distractions And Injuries

The Magic have a lot of distractions and injuries, can they overcome them to defeat the New York Knicks at home on Thursday?

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