Dwight Howard had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lift the Magic to an easy 112-83 victory over the Washington Wizards in the debut of No. 1 pick John Wall last night in Orlando, giving the NBA’s newest arena a grand opening and setting the stage for a sizzling showdown with the Heat in Miami tonight.
“Honestly, I’m sick of listening every hour about Miami — Miami that, how great they are, how big they are, what kind of record they gonna have,’’ said backup center Marcin Gortat, who had 8 points and 7 rebounds. “I get every day interviews back in Poland, people calling me about Miami, Miami, what you think about Miami? What you think about Big Three? I’m going to say the same thing: They are a great team, they have three superstars, they got a couple good role players on the team.
“They looking good on the paper, but they got to start winning.’’
Vince Carter added 18 points and Jameer Nelson scored 16 to help the Magic.
Wall had 14 points and 9 assists — much of it in cleanup duty — on 6-of-19 shooting in his first meaningful game as a pro on an emotional night as the Magic opened the new Amway Center.
Suns 110, Jazz 94 — Hakim Warrick and Steve Nash scored 18 points apiece to help Phoenix beat Utah in Salt Lake City.
The Suns led by as many as 18 points against a Jazz team that shot 33.3 percent in the first quarter and 42.9 percent overall. Utah was just 3 for 13 on 3-pointers while Phoenix made 10.