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Final Score: Orlando 114, Atlanta 71

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Dwight Howard provided 21 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, and the Orlando Magic recorded one of the biggest wins in team history with a 114-71 drubbing of the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Howard recorded his first double-double of the postseason after running into constant foul trouble in Orlando's first-round sweep of Charlotte. He played only 29 minutes on Tuesday, but it was not because of foul trouble; instead, the Defensive Player of the Year helped the Magic outscore Atlanta, 60-21, over the middle two quarters to rout the Hawks. Vince Carter added 20 points and six boards for the Magic, who recorded the second-largest margin of victory in franchise playoff history. Jameer Nelson contributed with 19 points, while J.J. Redick had 10 in the lopsided win that saw Orlando shoot 52.4 percent from the field. Josh Smith had 14 points to lead the Hawks, who are 0-13 all time in conference semifinal series since the round was renamed as such in 1971. Additionally, Atlanta has lost 12 straight conference semifinal games dating back to 1997 after getting swept the last two times it reached this round. Zaza Pachulia provided 12 points and seven rebounds, while Joe Johnson scored 10 in defeat for Atlanta, which will try to even the series on Thursday at Amway Arena.

Final Score: LA Lakers 111, Utah 103

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant posted 30 points, eight assists and three blocks, and the Los Angeles Lakers used their size advantage down low to beat the Utah Jazz, 111-103, in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series. Pau Gasol added 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who took a 2-0 lead in this series, with Game 3 slated for Saturday in Salt Lake City. Los Angeles, which has beaten Utah 16 straight times at home, dominated the rebounding battle, 58-40, and recorded 13 blocks, compared to just four for the Jazz. Andrew Bynum had 17 points, 14 boards -- 13 in the first half -- and four blocks, as Los Angeles improved to 5-0 at home in the postseason. Lamar Odom contributed with 11 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks, while Ron Artest had 16 points for the Lakers, who are 40-1 all time in series when they take a 2-0 lead. Paul Millsap came off the bench to score 26 points and grab 11 rebounds for the Jazz, who have a tough task to prevent the Lakers from eliminating them for the third consecutive season. Carlos Boozer and C.J. Miles each had 20 points, with Boozer providing 12 rebounds in defeat. Deron Williams added 15 points and nine assists, while Wesley Matthews had 14 points for Utah, which shot just 39.6 percent from the field.
 
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