Mavs Win Battle of Howards

Dallas prevails over Orlando as Dwight, Josh match stats
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Feb 4, 2008 11:10 PM CST
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, right, scores over Dallas Mavericks guard Jose Barea of Puerto Rico during the second half of their basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Monday, Feb. 4, 2008. The Mavericks...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Both Josh Howard and Dwight Howard (no relation) had 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists, but Dallas's bench outscored Orlando's 46-16 to deliver a 107-98 win. Thus ended a two-game skid for Dallas, which rebounded nicely from a 90-67 demolition in Detroit. Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu had a triple-double in the loss.

However, his 4-for-14 shooting night may have offset his 13-assist, 12-rebound performance. Reigning league MVP Dirk Nowitzki also struggled, hitting just 8 of 22 from the floor, but his five assists led the Mavs. Orlando had won four games in a row, and stayed in this one late until a fourth-quarter 10-0 Dallas run.