Rule #1: Don't make the two time defending MVP angry.
Prior to tip-off, Howard made his way to the scorers table where he mimicked LeBron James' famous pregame powder toss. The icing on the cake came when Howard gathered his Magic teammates for a team picture, a ritual James had while playing in Cleveland with the Cavaliers.
James answered Howard's pregame mocking portrayal with a 51 point, 11 rebound and 8 assist performance.
James hit his first 11 shot attempts and quieted the sellout crowd at Amway Arena in Orlando. James scored 23 points in a venomous first quarter.
"I was definitely in a zone," James said. "I felt like everything I put up was going to go in and the first 11 did."
Dwight Howard isn't the only member of the Magic to be critical of James.
Prior to the airing of Lebron's "The Decision" in July, Stan Van Gundy had this to say of James' one hour special, "It's gotten ridiculous, I think. I mean it's almost like a parody of itself, this whole situation now. Come on, an hour long? OK, it takes 15 seconds to say, 'I've decided to stay in Cleveland.' But we've got another 59 minutes and 45 seconds to, what, promote LeBron James? As if we don't do that enough. Look, the guy's a great player and wherever he goes — and my bet would be Cleveland — that place will be excited and the whole thing. But an hour-long special?"
Much to the delight of Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, Van Gundy was wrong on his Cleveland prediction. And now thanks to the help of Dwight Howard, the Orlando Magic are atop the list of Lebron's revenge list.
Next stop? James and his fellow "Heat-les" will be taking their talents to Charlotte for a Friday night match-up with the Bobcats.
One thing is certain: We won't be seeing a mock powder toss from Kwame Brown.
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