Magic win big-man battle, top Suns 111-99Posted: Updated:
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Dwight Howard had 21 points and eight rebounds in a bruising battle with Shaquille O'Neal, and the Orlando Magic beat the Phoenix Suns 111-99 on Tuesday night.
Rashard Lewis had 29 points and Hedo Turkoglu scored 22 for the Magic, who overcame a season-high 24 turnovers.
O'Neal finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, outmuscling his first NBA team for most of the night before he lost his cool late, again drawing boos by the Orlando crowd. His technical foul with 3:38 left contributed to nine straight points for the Magic that gave Orlando a 10-point lead to put the game out of reach.
Jason Richardson had 27 points, and Steve Nash added 20 points for Phoenix after missing the last three games with a sprained right ankle.
The Suns move on to Miami tonight.