- Last Updated: 4:05 AM, April 20, 2012
- Posted: 3:01 AM, April 20, 2012
Magic center Dwight Howard will undergo back surgery this morning in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disk, effectively ending his season and eliminating him from participation in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Howard’s agent said yesterday.
Dan Fegan, Howard’s agent, said he hopes this development debunks any thoughts that Howard’s back problem was not serious and that he was utilizing it as an excuse not to play.
“I tried to play through it and it just made my back worse,” Howard told ESPN.com.
Heat 83, Bulls 72
In Miami, LeBron James had 27 points and 11 rebounds, Dwyane Wade scored 18 points and Miami tightened up the race in the East by beating the Bulls in a scuffle-filled matchup.
Mario Chalmers scored 16 points and Udonis Haslem grabbed 10 rebounds for Miami, which held the Bulls to a season-low point total and moved within 1 1/2 games of Chicago for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Pacers 118, Bucks 109
Danny Granger scored 29 points to help Indiana clinch homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Hornets 105, Rockets 99 OT
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T’wolves 91, Pistons 80
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Suns 93, Clippers 90
In Phoenix, Steve Nash hit a crucial driving layup, then made two free throws for the deciding points as the Suns moved into a tie with Utah for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.Follow @NYPostsports