NBA Playoffs 2012: 4 Reasons Orlando Magic Can Survive Without Dwight Howard

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NBA Playoffs 2012: 4 Reasons Orlando Magic Can Survive Without Dwight Howard
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The Orlando Magic are in an interesting position, with their best player being out for the playoffs and their coach presumably coaching his final games for the organization. 

While most experts expected the Pacers to dominate the Dwight Howard-less Magic, that has not been the case in the first two games. 

The Magic stole Game 1, 81-77, with a strong team performance. 

The Magic led the Pacers at halftime of Game 2, but the Pacers dominated the second half and beat the Magic by 15. 

In the second half of Game 2, the Pacers played better defense and the Magic only scored 34 points.

The series is tied at one game each as the teams head to Orlando for Games 3 and 4. 

Dwight Howard won't be coming back to help the team in the playoffs, but that doesn't mean the Magic are immediately doomed. 

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