The Magic were never completely out of Tuesday's loss to Howard and the Lakers, but they were never in command either.
The Lakers center was key in defeating his former club Tuesday in his first game in Orlando since the Magic traded him.
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Former Magic center Dwight Howard plays at Amway Center in opposing colors for the first time.
Dwight Howard returns to Orlando on Tuesday.
As Howard returns to Amway Center on Tuesday, it's important to remember that both he and the Magic got what they wanted out of the trade.
Tuesday marks Howard's first game in Orlando since the Magic traded him. How will he compare to other former Magic superstars who left the team under less-than-ideal circumstances?
The results of an informal survey on Orlando Pinstriped Post's Facebook page indicate that Magic fans don't mind the team going winless the rest of the season as long as it beats the Lakers in Dwight Howard's return on Tuesday.
Evan Dunlap joined Serena Winters of The Lakers Nation to discuss Dwight Howard's return to Orlando to face the Magic.
The former Magic coach said Monday that Magic fans should give Dwight Howard a loud ovation Tuesday when he plays in Orlando for the first time since the Magic traded him.
In an interview with USA Today, the former Magic center apologized to Orlando for the way he handled his exit from the team.
Nelson downplayed the significance of Tuesday's game between Orlando and L.A., which will mark Howard's first game in the City Beautiful since the Magic traded him.
Howard is set to play the Magic on Tuesday, and though he knows Orlando won't receive him warmly, he wants Magic fans to "move forward."
Howard returns to Orlando as a Laker on Tuesday.
The former Orlando center, who said in a television interview that his Magic teams were "full of people who nobody wanted," attempted to explain himself on Wednesday.
The former Magic center said Tuesday his teammates in Orlando were "people who nobody wanted." Nelson responded Wednesday.
The former Magic center said "my team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted."