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Old 12-31-2010, 09:35 AM   #1
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Default Magic looking better, beat Knicks on Dec 30

Howard leads Magic past Stoudemire, Knicks 112-103 -- The AP reports: Dwight Howard had 24 points and 18 rebounds in a bruising battle with Amare Stoudemire, and the Magic beat the New York Knicks 112-103 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory. Howard also picked up his NBA-leading 12th technical foul—he’ll be suspended for one game if he gets 16, then an additional game for every two technical fouls after that—with more than half the season remaining. The NBA has tried to crack down on players arguing or overreacting this season... Stoudemire finished with 30 points, four rebounds and four assists—and received his 10th technical foul—but got into foul trouble early in a matchup of two of the NBA’s best big men. Both never shied away from contact and showed more offensive prowess than defensive pressure... J.J. Redick and Ryan Anderson had 14 points apiece, helping the Magic build a 20-point lead before halftime and hold on late. New York trimmed the deficit to two in the fourth quarter before the Magic pulled away for good. Wilson Chandler had 29 points and Shawne Williams added 15 for the Knicks, who have lost five of seven.

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