Dwight Howard 1, Andrew Bynum 0

Not only did the game go to the Orlando Magic and their center Dwight Howard, but Howard also one-upped Andrew Bynum in the quotable department after the game tonight. Howard scored 21 points and grabbed 23 rebounds (to 10 and 12 for Bynum). He also put the whole who’s the better center deal and the possibility that they could be traded for each other into perspective after the Magic defeated the Lakers 92-80.

“It wasn’t about Dwight Howard Night, it wasn’t about Andrew Bynum Night,” Howard said. “It was about the Magic and the Lakers, and … the only thing on my mind was getting a win There’s no need to go back and forth about me and him. We play the game different ways, we both have an objective and that’s to win.

“He’s won two rings and I’m trying to get mine.”

Shaquille O’Neal said earlier in the week on TNT that he believed Bynum was better than Howard, calling him the game’s best big man. Charles Barkley cast his vote with Howard, saying he was the better defender and rebounder.