The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Orlando Magic 129-117 and Dwight Howard posted 33 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks against his former team. The Atlanta native scored 20 of his points in the second half. Howard has looked good against the Hawks this season in all four meetings. The Hawks basically gave Howard away in a trade last off-season and The Hornets won that trade easily.
The Hornets swept the Hawks in the season series and Howard averaged 22.8 points and 13.5 rebounds. Howard is averaging 16.2 ppg, 12. 1 rpg and 1.7 bpg this season. Howard has scored 19 points or more in his last five games. Howard is averaging 26.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3 blocks a game in that span.
The Hornets are only 2-3 in their last five games and Howard has shot 62% or higher from the field during that stretch. Howard seems to bring his A game against the Hawks this season and he has been playing like an All-Star lately. The Hawks traded Howard to save money and are developing their younger players. The Hawks gave away a top 10 center and from the looks of it they should have gotten more.