Howard scores 40 as Magic beat Thunder 111-88

Dwight Howard had 40 points and 15
rebounds, powering the Orlando Magic to a 111-88 victory over the
short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.
Jason Richardson added 17 points for the Magic, who earned their
first victory since the All-Star break and have won three of their
last four overall. J.J. Redick scored 16 and Jameer Nelson finished
with 14 points.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 23 points and 16 rebounds.
Russell Westbrook had 18 points, James Harden 16 and Daequan Cook
15.
Orlando hosts Charlotte on Sunday before beginning a three-game
stretch that includes matchups with two of the East's top teams in
Miami and Chicago.
Oklahoma City dressed 11 players, but played without new trade
acquisitions Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson and Nazr Mohammed.