ORLANDO, Fla. -- Dwight Howard outdid Shaq -- and pretty much everyone else who played in the NBA in the past three-plus decades.
"Dwight was unbelievable, unbelievable," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I mean phenomenal. He just put us on his back. That's leadership right there, that kind of play on the floor. It kept everyone else motivated."
Since the NBA started recording blocked shots for the 1973-74 season, no NBA player ever has had this many points, rebounds and blocks in the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
He also tied Shaquille O'Neal's franchise record with his 18th straight double-double.
"Today, he had his way," Charlotte center Emeka Okafor said. "I have to tip my hat to him. He had a great game. He just dominated."
The Magic also got 17 points from Rashard Lewis, who joined Howard on the Eastern Conference All-Star team last weekend.
The Magic took an early lead in overtime, and never let it go. Redick hit a free throw for the 105-102 lead. Courtney Lee added two more to clinch the victory.
"We really needed this game off the break," Howard said. "When my teammates see me bringing it at both ends every night, they will do the same. I have to start everything at both ends."
Bell and Gerald Wallace returned to the Charlotte lineup. Wallace had been out since Jan 27 with a partially collapsed lung and a fractured rib and Bell had been out since Feb. 6 with a groin strain.
The Bobcats led through most of the final three periods, opting not to double-team Howard around the basket. It allowed them to limit the rest of the Magic until late in the game.
|Dwight Howard flexes his muscles by producing 45 points, 19 rebounds and eight blocks. (AP)|
|Orlando (39-13) «||25||18||25||27||12||107|
|CHA:R. Felton 22 Pts
CHA:R. Felton 10 Reb
CHA:R. Felton 5 Ast
|ORL:D. Howard 45 Pts
ORL:D. Howard 19 Reb
ORL:H. Turkoglu 7 Ast
|Players of the Game|
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|R. Bell, SG||42||4-10||4-5||6||4||4||13|
|R. Felton, PG||42||10-21||1-2||10||5||0||22|
|G. Wallace, SF||39||3-9||1-2||4||4||3||8|
|E. Okafor, C||35||6-14||2-4||9||1||6||14|
|B. Diaw, SF||32||7-15||0-2||7||1||4||14|
|V. Radmanovic, SF||25||5-11||0-0||4||1||2||12|
|D. Diop, C||18||3-5||0-2||7||1||5||6|
|D. Augustin, PG||15||5-7||0-0||0||3||2||11|
|C. Martin, PF||9||0-1||0-0||2||0||2||0|
|J. Howard, PF||8||1-2||0-0||2||1||1||2|
|N. Mohammed, C||Did Not Play|
|S. May, PF||Did Not Play|
|A. Ajinca, C||Did Not Play|
|S. Singletary, PG||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|
|D. Howard, C||47||16-23||13-18||19||0||5||45|
|R. Lewis, SF||39||5-14||4-5||6||4||3||17|
|H. Turkoglu, SF||38||3-13||7-9||5||7||5||13|
|A. Johnson, PG||30||2-4||0-0||4||3||2||5|
|M. Pietrus, SF||22||1-6||0-0||3||0||2||3|
|C. Lee, SG||33||2-6||2-2||4||1||2||7|
|J. Redick, SG||20||3-5||2-2||1||2||1||10|
|T. Lue, PG||16||2-6||0-1||4||3||0||5|
|T. Battie, PF||14||0-2||0-0||2||1||0||0|
|M. Gortat, PF||6||1-1||0-0||1||0||0||2|
|A. Foyle, C||Did Not Play|
|M. Wilks, PG||Did Not Play|
|J. Nelson, PG||Did Not Play|
|B. Cook, PF||Did Not Play|
|J. Richardson, SF||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|