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February 9, 2023

Superman shines on birthday as Magic beat Clippers

All Star center Dwight Howard celebrated his 24th birthday by scoring 25 points in the Orlando Magic’s 97-86 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Reuters informs. Howard, nicknamed “Superman” by fans, added 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots to set the pace as Orlando improved to 17-4 for their best start since the 1995-96 season. “Dwight was rolling tonight,” team mate Vince Carter told reporters. Howard also made 11 of 15 free throws as the Clippers’ tactic of putting him at the line backfired. Rashard Lewis added 17 points and Jason Williams 16 in the Southeast-leading Magic’s eighth consecutive road victory, a single-season franchise record. Second-year guard Eric Gordon had a team-high 21 points for the Clippers in his second game back from a hamstring injury and Baron Davis put up 18 and 11 assists.

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