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Magic Vs. Bucks Score Update: Dwight Howard Dominates In First Half For 49-48 Orlando Lead

The Orlando Magic lead the Milwaukee Bucks 49-48 after one half at the Bradley Center in Wisconsin. Just one day after a relatively quiet game against the Miami Heat, All-Star center Dwight Howard has dominated the overmatched front line of Scott Skiles. Playing without Andrew Bogut, the Bucks really lack a true center on the roster and Howard has had his way scoring 17 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Most importantly, Howard has hit five of six free-throws so far.

Glen Davis supported Howard in the frontcourt off the bench, hitting four of six shots from the floor and scoring double figures for only the second time this month. On the defensive end, Orlando held the Bucks to under 40 percent shooting from the floor and under 20 percent from behind the arc. The Magic will look to continue the defensive pressure in the second half to bounce back from yesterday's road loss in South Florida.

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