Dwight Howard faced Kevin Garnett for the first time since the regular season and the two basically evened each other out. Howard finished with nine points on 2-for-4 shooting with 15 rebounds and three blocks. Garnett scored 13 points with 11 rebounds and three blocks.
Howard talked about the matchup postgame.
"KG, the first time I backed him down he pulled the chair (backed up, forcing Howard to stumble) and the second time I had to just slow down a little bit, that was he wouldn't do it again," Howard said. "He looked pretty good out there. One thing with him, he has that jump shot, so he can create off his jump shot. And that's what he uses to get to the rim. He did good tonight."