Howard Has 30 to Help Magic Beat Bulls

67th double-double one short of Shaq's franchise mark
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 9, 2008 9:57 PM CDT
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard goes up for a dunk next to Chicago Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas during the first half.   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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(Newser) – Dwight Howard had 30 points and 14 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Chicago Bulls 115-83 Wednesday night. Howard played with six stitches in his upper lip, the result of a collision in practice Tuesday with 6-foot-11 reserve Marcin Gortat. Howard recorded his NBA-leading 67th double-double, one short of Shaquille O'Neal's franchise record.

Kirk Hinrich led Chicago with 19 points, while Ben Gordon and Aaron Gray each scored 13. Tyrus Thomas tied a career high with five blocks. The Magic committed six turnovers in the game's first six minutes, and Chicago led by eight in the first quarter.