The Orlando Magic got back on the winning track on Friday night, cruising to a 86-70 win over the New Jersey Nets at Amway Center. In his first game since waiving his early termination option and opting-in to his contract for next season, Dwight Howard led Orlando with 18 points on eight of ten shooting from the floor.
It was a slow-paced and sluggish game game that the Magic won on the defensive end, holding New Jersey to just 34 percent shooting from the field. Deron Williams did not play because of a sore right calf. In addition to Howard, the Magic had five other players in double figures, with Jameer Nelson and Glen Davis adding 13 points each.
It was a win they needed to have against a woeful Nets team that was without their best player. The Magic now travel to Miami for a Sunday showdown with the Heat.
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