After returning to a chorus of boos Tuesday evening, Dwight Howard made sure his return to Orlando ended with an applause amongst his teammates. The strategy behind the Magic’s defense was to hack Dwight all night long. And it worked; for a little while. Howard started out 2-9 from the line, but went 23-30 the rest of the game.
Howard’s 39 free throws tied a NBA record for the most amount of free throw attempts in a game; the very record he set last year against the Warriors.
Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn said, "I think early on it was a strategy that worked for us," he said. "If we would have made six more 3s, I probably wouldn't have done it, but strategy-wise, I need to give our guys a rest."
In regards to Howard’s missed free throws he said, “I missed a lot of free throws but then I made a lot of free throws. So I think all this was good for me as a person, as a man. I think it was something I needed, to come back and I think it was something that the city needed, too. It's closure. We can all move on. We had eight great years. People are going to feel the way they feel. I totally understand that."