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Howard recovering from back surgery

ORLANDO — At Friday's practice, the loss became a reality. The Magic officially began to prepare to play without star center Dwight Howard for the rest of this season and the postseason.

Howard was doing well after arthroscopic surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back Friday in the Los Angeles area, the team said.

Howard is expected to recover in about four months and return to form, team doctor Craig Mintzer said.

Howard not only is out for the regular season and playoffs, he will miss this summer's Olympics.

Asked about the success rate for Howard's sort of surgery, Mintzer said: "Is it going to be perfect? It should be. He shouldn't have restrictions whatsoever."

Union wants Fisher out: The players union executive committee requested the resignation of president Derek Fisher, who refused to step down and urged players to seek a review of the union's finances. The union said the executive committee had lost confidence in Fisher's ability to lead, citing "numerous instances over the past six months where Fisher engaged in conduct detrimental to the union." The Thunder guard, who has been president since 2006, said, "The allegations that are now being directed at me are defamatory."

Game highlights: Kobe Bryant returned from his seven-game absence (left shin) to score 18, but the Lakers were routed by the host Spurs 121-97. … Mike Conley scored 18 as the Grizzlies extended the host Bobcats' franchise-worst losing streak to 19 games, 85-80. … Amare Stoudemire returned from a back injury to score 15, but the Knicks lost 98-90 to the host Cavaliers.

Around the league: Bulls star Derrick Rose (right foot) will be a game-time decision today against the Mavericks, the Chicago Tribune reported. Rose, who has missed 26 games, wants to play before the regular season ends.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Spurs 121, Lakers 97

L.A. LAKERS (97): World Peace 3-9 3-4 10, Gasol 4-10 3-4 11, Bynum 5-9 7-8 17, Sessions 2-9 1-1 5, Bryant 7-12 3-4 18, Barnes 5-11 3-3 14, Blake 2-4 0-0 6, Murphy 1-1 0-0 2, McRoberts 2-4 0-0 5, Ebanks 0-3 0-0 0, Hill 1-1 3-4 5, Goudelock 1-1 2-2 4, Morris 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 33-76 25-30 97.

SAN ANTONIO (121): Leonard 3-5 0-0 8, Duncan 10-15 1-1 21, Splitter 2-3 0-0 4, Parker 8-14 4-5 20, Green 3-7 1-1 8, Ginobili 6-9 5-5 20, Bonner 3-4 0-0 7, Jackson 1-3 2-2 4, Neal 5-8 0-0 12, Diaw 3-4 2-2 8, Blair 2-4 2-2 6, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Mills 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 47-77 17-18 121.

L.A. Lakers 25 27 21 24— 97

San Antonio 32 24 35 30— 121

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 6-14 (Blake 2-3, McRoberts 1-1, World Peace 1-2, Bryant 1-3, Barnes 1-4, Sessions 0-1), San Antonio 10-15 (Ginobili 3-4, Leonard 2-2, Neal 2-3, Mills 1-1, Green 1-1, Bonner 1-2, Jackson 0-1, Parker 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 35 (Gasol 8), San Antonio 44 (Duncan 8). AssistsL.A. Lakers 19 (Blake 5), San Antonio 27 (Parker 10). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 14, San Antonio 22. A18,581.

Mavericks 104, Warriors 94

GOLDEN STATE (94): D.Wright 5-14 5-6 19, Tyler 6-12 3-7 15, Gladness 1-1 0-2 2, Jenkins 5-15 0-0 10, Thompson 11-22 1-2 26, McGuire 0-3 1-2 1, Rush 9-12 0-0 20, Moore 0-1 0-0 0, Jefferson 0-2 0-0 0, C.Wright 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 37-83 11-21 94.

DALLAS (104): Marion 5-10 4-4 14, Nowitzki 7-14 2-2 16, Haywood 2-3 0-0 4, Kidd 0-3 0-0 0, West 5-10 5-5 16, Terry 4-12 0-0 9, Mahinmi 2-5 5-5 9, Carter 5-9 8-8 19, Beaubois 0-4 0-0 0, B.Wright 8-9 1-2 17, Azubuike 0-2 0-0 0, Cardinal 0-0 0-0 0, Yi 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-81 25-26 104.

Golden State 22 27 21 24— 94

Dallas 27 23 26 28— 104

3-Point GoalsGolden State 9-19 (D.Wright 4-9, Thompson 3-4, Rush 2-5, Jefferson 0-1), Dallas 3-19 (West 1-2, Carter 1-2, Terry 1-8, Beaubois 0-1, Nowitzki 0-1, Azubuike 0-2, Kidd 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 44 (Rush, Tyler, McGuire 8), Dallas 56 (Mahinmi, Carter 9). AssistsGolden State 23 (Jenkins 10), Dallas 19 (West, Kidd, Terry 4). Total FoulsGolden State 21, Dallas 16. A20,547.

Cavaliers 98, Knicks 90

NEW YORK (90): Anthony 5-13 1-1 12, Stoudemire 5-11 5-8 15, Chandler 2-3 0-0 4, Bibby 4-7 0-0 12, Shumpert 3-9 0-0 6, Smith 4-12 1-2 11, Fields 4-10 0-2 8, Douglas 3-6 0-0 6, Novak 5-12 0-0 15, Harrellson 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 35-83 8-15 90.

CLEVELAND (98): Parker 4-6 0-0 9, Jamison 3-9 2-6 8, Thompson 4-7 2-2 10, Irving 6-15 8-8 21, Harris 6-12 4-5 19, Sloan 3-9 0-0 6, Samuels 7-12 1-2 15, Casspi 2-7 3-4 7, Harangody 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 36-79 20-27 98.

New York 20 14 22 34— 90

Cleveland 25 20 27 26— 98

3-Point GoalsN.Y. 12-33 (Novak 5-12, Bibby 4-5, Smith 2-6, Anthony 1-2, Shumpert 0-2, Douglas 0-3, Fields 0-3), Cleveland 6-19 (Harris 3-5, Parker 1-1, Harangody 1-2, Irving 1-7, Sloan 0-1, Casspi 0-1, Jamison 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsN.Y.45 (Douglas 9), Cleveland 60 (Harris 12). AssistsN.Y. 26 (Smith, Douglas 6), Cleveland 15 (Jamison 5). Total FoulsN.Y. 17, Cle. 15. TechnicalsCleveland three second. A19,349.

Hawks 97, Celtics 92

BOSTON (92): Pavlovic 2-3 0-0 4, Bass 4-15 2-2 10, Stiemsma 2-2 0-0 4, Bradley 12-22 3-4 28, Dooling 7-10 0-0 17, Daniels 5-12 2-4 12, Hollins 4-5 0-2 8, Ja.Johnson 2-7 0-0 4, Moore 1-5 2-2 5, S.Williams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-81 9-14 92.

ATLANTA (97): Jo.Johnson 11-18 5-5 30, Smith 8-17 3-3 19, Collins 3-5 2-3 8, Teague 1-6 0-0 2, Hinrich 3-3 0-0 8, I.Johnson 3-3 0-0 6, M.Williams 2-6 0-0 4, McGrady 0-2 1-2 1, Pargo 1-4 2-2 5, Radmanovic 2-3 1-2 6, Green 3-5 0-0 8. Totals 37-72 14-17 97.

Boston 27 22 22 21— 92

Atlanta 34 24 16 23— 97

3-Point GoalsBoston 5-12 (Dooling 3-4, Bradley 1-2, Moore 1-4, Daniels 0-2), Atlanta 9-17 (Jo.Johnson 3-4, Green 2-2, Hinrich 2-2, Radmanovic 1-2, Pargo 1-4, Smith 0-1, M.Williams 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 40 (Daniels 8), Atlanta 45 (Smith 12). AssistsBoston 18 (Dooling, Daniels, Bass, Bradley, Pavlovic 3), Atlanta 24 (Jo.Johnson 6). Total FoulsBoston 18, Atlanta 9. A16,214.

Grizzlies 85, Bobcats 80

MEMPHIS (85): Gay 4-14 1-2 9, Speights 2-8 2-4 6, Gasol 3-5 2-2 8, Conley 7-10 5-6 20, Allen 0-3 0-0 0, Mayo 4-10 0-0 9, Randolph 6-10 2-2 14, Haddadi 0-0 0-0 0, Selby 1-4 0-0 2, Pondexter 3-5 2-2 8, Cunningham 4-6 1-3 9, Arenas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-75 15-21 85.

CHARLOTTE (80): Brown 5-15 1-1 11, Mullens 4-13 3-4 11, Biyombo 3-4 1-4 7, Walker 5-15 0-0 11, Henderson 12-24 6-6 32, Higgins 1-4 0-0 2, Carroll 1-1 1-1 3, Moon 0-1 0-0 0, White 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 32-79 13-18 80.

Memphis 17 20 20 28— 85

Charlotte 21 18 26 15— 80

3-Point GoalsMemphis 2-8 (Conley 1-1, Mayo 1-3, Pondexter 0-1, Gay 0-3), Charlotte 3-9 (Henderson 2-3, Walker 1-4, Brown 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 49 (Randolph, Gay 6), Charlotte 50 (Mullens 11). AssistsMemphis 16 (Conley 7), Charlotte 18 (Walker 5). Total FoulsMemphis 21, Charlotte 17. TechnicalsGay, Mayo, Speights, Biyombo, Mullens. Flagrant Fouls—Mayo. A13,428.

Howard recovering from back surgery 04/21/12 [Last modified: Saturday, April 21, 2012 1:31am]
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