Dwight Howard dominates in audition for Nets

By Tom Canavan

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 22 2012 8:00 p.m. MST

NEWARK, N.J. — Dwight Howard had 20 points and 17 rebounds and the Orlando Magic rolled to a 108-91 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night.

Howard, who can become a free agent in July if the Magic don't trade him by the March 15 trading deadline, got the loudest cheers from the crowd of 15,364 in the pregame introductions.

And the center didn't disappoint in leading the Magic to their ninth straight win over the Brooklyn-bound Nets.

Glen Davis, who hit his first seven shots, added 16 points for Orlando, which won for the eighth time in 11 games.

Deron Williams had 23 points, six rebounds and eight assists to lead New Jersey, which headed into the All-Star breaking having lost 8 of 11. Rookie MarShon Brooks added a game-high 24, while Brook Lopez had 15 in his second game of the season after recovering from a broken right foot.

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