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Dwight Howard dances, gets booed, ties NBA record w/ 39fta, talks trash & scores 39/16 like Shaq vs Orlando

Published on March 13th, 2013 by Astramskas, David | 2,236 views

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Like Shaq, Dwight was a “big fish in a little pond” and left for Hollywood to be among other big fish.  Unlike Shaq, Howard’s first few months in LA have been far less romantic than Shaq’s honeymoon first season with Kobe and the Lakers franchise.

Last night, Dwight returned to the little pond filled with big hate, hostile, humorous signs, and loud boos and had the type of dominant game that made the Lakers think he could be Shaq2.0 with Kobe.

The Magic tried everything they could including the Hack-A-Shaq strategy that lead to a NBA record 39 free throw attempts by Dwight Howard.  Dwight surprisingly hit 25 of those 39 on his way to 39 points and 16 rebounds.  No surprise, as fate would have it, that output equaled a performance by Shaq against the same former team.

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Since Kobe’s guarantee after the All-Star break, the Lakers have been on a roll and looking like, dare I say it, championship contenders.  It will be interesting to see if Kobe, Dwight and the Lakers can return to Orlando in a couple a months to visit Micky.

Let’s relive Dwight’s visit to Orlando yesterday with a video timeline.

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