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Los Angeles at Orlando

Howard notches 57th double-double, Magic roll past Clippers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic have a list of late-season goals written on the blackboard in their locker room. They were able to erase the one at the top Wednesday night.

Dwight Howard had 22 points and 13 rebounds to help the Magic beat the Los Angeles Clippers 110-86, securing their first winning season since the 2002-03 season.

"We've got some guys in our locker room who have never had a winning season and I think you've got to appreciate some of the things you accomplish during a season," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "The next goal is to wrap up a playoff spot and then win our division and secure home-court for the playoffs."

Howard, playing on a winning team for the first time in his four-year career, got his league-high 57th double-double this season. He also had plenty of help.

Rashard Lewis had 19 points and nine rebounds and Hedo Turkoglu added 17 points for the Magic, who put all five starters in double figures by the end of the third quarter. Carlos Arroyo had 13 points off the bench.

"It feels good to have a winning season, but we're not satisfied," Howard said. "We've got a lot of stuff to work on for the playoffs. We want to be great so you've got to push to get better."

The Magic's other noteworthy accomplishment was hitting 11 3-pointers to give them a league-leading 622 this season, which ties a club record for a single season.

Seven of the 3s came in the third period, including four straight when the Clippers had pulled within nine points. Turkoglu hit three 3-pointers in that run as the Magic lead grew to 19 and they coasted home from there.

"They were staying back in the paint and leaving us wide open so you've got to take those shots," Van Gundy said. "We usually hit a stretch where enough of them drop and we're in pretty good shape."

The Clippers got 22 points from Corey Maggette and 17 apiece from Cuttino Mobley and Al Thornton, but were hampered by the absence of center Chris Kaman. He missed his second straight game with a sore back.

"I knew it was going to be a pretty long night against Dwight (Howard) without Chris," Los Angeles coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Dwight was just a nightmare matchup for us. We had to collapse and double team him and they have too many good shooters. Sooner or later someone is going to catch fire."

Trailing by 15 at halftime, the Clippers pulled to 69-60 with 7:48 to play in the third quarter. However, Jameer Nelson hit a 3-pointer and Turkoglu added three straight 3s to spark a 14-4 run that pushed the Magic's lead to 83-64.

Howard had 14 points and nine rebounds in the first quarter against the outmanned Clippers. His slam dunk gave the Magic a 13-2 lead with 6:36 left in the quarter and Orlando never trailed again.

Lewis and Arroyo had eight points apiece in the second quarter when the Magic shot 61 percent from the field and opened up a 63-48 halftime advantage. Maggete had 20 points in the first half, including 10 of 12 from the free throw line, but there was little help as the rest of the Clippers hit only 11 of 33 shots.

Notes

  • The Magic's 11 3-pointers gave them 622 for the season, tying the team record in a season with 16 games still to play.
  • Clippers players have missed a league-high 221 games this season because of injuries.
  • Lewis shooting 50.1 percent (83 of 164) since the All-Star break and averaging 19.6 points.
  • The Clippers are 2-13 in the second game of back-to-back games this season.
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Dwight Howard finishes with 22 points, 13 rebounds -- his 57th double-double on the season.  (AP)
Dwight Howard finishes with 22 points, 13 rebounds -- his 57th double-double on the season. (AP)

Scoreboard
L.A. Clippers (21-42) 1929281288
Orlando (42-24) «32312720110
LAC:C. Maggette 22 Pts
LAC:C. Maggette 9 Reb
LAC:B. Knight 4 Ast
ORL:D. Howard 22 Pts
ORL:D. Howard 13 Reb
ORL:R. Lewis 5 Ast
Players of the Game
OrlandoLos Angeles

D. Howard

C. Maggette
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
221312294
Los Angeles
C. Mobley, SG437-122-271217
C. Maggette, SF426-1410-1494122
B. Knight, PG263-72-23428
J. Powell, SF252-30-05124
T. Thomas, PF235-142-451414
A. Thornton, SF358-241-252017
D. Dickau, PG222-60-02334
N. Fazekas, PF130-20-02020
Q. Ross, SF111-10-00012
A. Williams, CDid Not Play
E. Brand, PFDid Not Play
S. Livingston, PGDid Not Play
C. Kaman, CDid Not Play
P. Davis, CDid Not Play
A. Barrett, SGDid Not Play
S. Parker, PGDid Not Play
Totals 34-8317-2438161788
 41.0%70.8% 
Orlando
R. Lewis, SF397-123-395319
D. Howard, C359-144-5131222
H. Turkoglu, SF336-162-274317
M. Evans, SF295-121-141113
J. Nelson, PG233-54-425412
B. Cook, PF262-60-06145
C. Arroyo, PG226-80-024113
K. Bogans, SG191-51-21033
A. Foyle, C72-20-02004
K. Dooling, PG40-00-00100
P. Garrity, SF21-10-00002
J. Redick, SG20-00-00000
T. Battie, PFDid Not Play
M. Gortat, PFDid Not Play
J. Augustine, PFDid Not Play
Totals 42-8115-17462221110
 51.9%88.2% 
Other Games
Hou 83 Final
Atl 75
Sea 82 Final
Bos 111
Phi 83 Final
Det 82
NY 91 Final
Mia 88
Cle 99 Final
NJ 104
SA 75 Final
NO 100
Utah 114 Final
Mil 110
Char 93 Final
Dal 118
Mem 86 Final
Den 108
Tor 106 Final
GS 117