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D'Antoni does not plan to Hack-a-Howard

NEW YORK – Don’t expect another free-throw exhibition when the Knicks host Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic Monday at Madison Square Garden.

The Magic center set an NBA record with 39 free throw attempts last Thursday against the Mark Jackson-led Golden State Warriors but Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni has quite implemented a no-layup (or no-two-hand-monster-dunk) rule against Howard.

“You use it in places and do the best you can,” D’Antoni said. “But I don’t think you Hack-a-Howard or whatever."

There aren’t many centers in the league that exactly match-up with Howard but New York is in a better position than most with 7-1 Tyson Chandler in the middle, assuming that he can keep out of foul trouble. Orlando is also shooting 41 percent from the 3-point line this season, which means the Knicks have to be careful of crowding Howard and leaving the Magic’s shooters.

“You try to stop the whole team,” D’Antoni said. “Guys like (Howard), superstars, you have to guard with the team. You’ll have to double some and you’ll have to read some and you’ll play one-on-one some and you’ll have to foul some, just a lot of different things you have to throw at him. There’s not one thing you can do.”

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