A Lakers' Loss Most Foul

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LOS ANGELES — For years, opponents' Hack-a-Howard strategy frustrated the Orlando Magic. Teams would foul Dwight Howard, knowing it gave them a better chance to win than seeing Howard shoot or dunk the ball.

On Sunday night, in the Magic's first game against the superstar who spurned them, Hack-a-Howard worked to Orlando's advantage. Trailing 84-77 early in the fourth quarter, the Magic recovered to beat Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers 113-103 at Staples Center.

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