Orlando Magic: Dwight Howard's Big Night Means Magic Must Trade Him Now

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Orlando Magic: Dwight Howard's Big Night Means Magic Must Trade Him Now
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As most of you already know by now, Dwight Howard racked up 45 points and 23 rebounds in the Orlando Magic's 117-109 win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

The last time we saw a 40/20 game in the NBA came on March 1, 2003, when Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal had 48 points and 20 rebounds against the Boston Celtics.  

Warriors head coach Mark Jackson employed a "hack-a-Howard" strategy, sending the 42.6 percent foul shooter to the free-throw line 39 times—easily breaking Wilt Chamerblain's record of 34 free-throw attempts set in 1962.

Howard was able to convert on 21 attempts (53.8 percent) as the strategy backfired on Jackson—much to the chagrin of his players, who held a 13-point lead at one point in the contest.

Howard's performance last night means one thing and one thing only, Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith must trade his All-World big man now.

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