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Howard powers Magic over Cavaliers 97-86

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CLEVELAND — Dwight Howard scored 28 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and was way too much for Cleveland's front line to handle in leading the Orlando Magic to a 97-86 win Monday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With the Cavs unable to stop Howard, the Magic built a 15-point lead in the first quarter and were up by 26 late in the third. Cleveland pulled within 92-83 with 3:15 remaining, but Hedo Turkoglu's 3-pointer put Orlando back in control.

Orlando swept all four games against Cleveland, winning the season series for the first time since 2002-03. The teams were heated rivals just a year ago when LeBron James was still with the Cavs, but they're now at opposite ends of the NBA spectrum.

J.J. Hickson scored 18 for the Cavs, who have dropped three straight.