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Dwight Howard scores 31 in first half vs. Hawks

Posted on: April 16, 2011 8:28 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2011 9:12 pm
Dwight Howard scores 31 points in the first half against Hawks in Game 1.
Posted by Matt Moore

Dwight Howard finished the first half against the Hawks on Saturday night with 31 points. Thirty-one. Thirty, and then one more. The rest of the Magic had 17 points. Howard had nearly twice the total of his entire team. Which is partially why the Magic trail at the half to Atlanta. It was pretty good. 

The Magic fed Howard, and he delivered. But defensively, Kirk Hinrich is finishing off Jameer Nelson with an array of step back jumpers. The Hawks have played Jason Collins, Zaza Pachulia, and Josh Powell on Howard, but haven't stuck Al Horford on him. Which is odd, because Horford actually surprisingly does play Howard well and manages not to foul. The Hawks have a lead at the half, but if Howard keeps up this kind of production, is there any way the Hawks can win?

They keep shooting 55% and yeah, they've got a good chance. 

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Some thoughts from our Twitter followers on what the Hawks should do in the second half to slow down Howard: 

"Use a taser." 

"Do nothing, ur winning, let Dwight take every shot and not allow the other guys to get going"


"Bill Russell."

"Mix in some zone to keep multiple bodies around Howard and protect Horford from getting in foul trouble."

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2011 11:00 pm

Dwight Howard scores 31 in first half vs. Hawks

We all know Dwight Howard is a dominating force when he puts his mind to it.  I like the idea for the Hawks to slow him down some, but really clamping down on the other four Orlando players on the floor.  So Howard gets 60 or 70 points.  That's not enough to beat the Hawks if the others aren't contributing much.  If the Hawks focus on stopping Howard, Orlando has the talent to beat the Hawks if they're not covered up by the Hawks.  It's going to be very interesting to see what if anything they try to do about it.  I hope they let him get his points while shutting down the rest of the Magic team.  This is really going to be an interesting series between these two teams.  I think the Magic will win the series, but I also think the Hawks are talented enough to take it as well.  Great matchup.

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