1st blood: Magic top Hawks by 43

May 05, 2010

The Magic showed they could survive with Dwight Howard in chronic foul trouble. With him on the floor, they looked dominant.

Howard had 21 points and 12 rebounds in one of the most crushing wins in Magic history, a 114-71 victory over the visiting Hawks on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

Howard added five blocks and avoided the fouls and frustration that overwhelmed him in the first round, helping the Magic go ahead by as many as 46 points.

Josh Smith scored 14 points for a Hawks team that had little playoff poise.

Lakers 111, Jazz 103: Kobe Bryant scored 30 as the host Lakers took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Paul Millsap had 26 for Utah.

'Los Suns': The Suns will wear "Los Suns" on their jerseys in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday, owner Robert Sarver said, "to honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona and our nation." The decision stems from a controversial new law that makes it a crime to be in the country illegally, and it directs local police to question people about their immigration status. AP

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