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Magic thumps Jazz in battle of top teams

Dwight Howard's inside presence was too much for the Jazz to handle.

Howard had 21 points and 16 rebounds to help the Magic beat the Jazz 88-75 on Monday night in a matchup of the teams with the best records in each conference.

Howard recorded his sixth straight double-double.

"We couldn't do anything with Howard," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "He's so big and long, we couldn't keep him off the boards. He got huge rebounds, and he obviously made his free throws."

Howard shot 13-of-16 from the foul line, and Grant Hill scored 16 for the Magic, which outrebounded the league's top team in rebounding margin 45-36 and outscored the Jazz in the lane 40-32.

The Magic got its eighth win in nine games.

Heat 103, 76ers 91

MIAMI - Dwyane Wade scored 33 and had 13 assists and the Heat sank a season-best 59 percent of its shots to withstand Allen Iverson's 45 points.

Mavericks 93, Timberwolves 87

DALLAS - Josh Howard made a go-ahead floater with 1:05 left and made two free throws with 13.7 seconds to go, leading the Mavericks to a 10th straight win.

Warriors 111, Spurs 102

OAKLAND, Calif. - Jason Richardson scored 26 and dunked during a key fourth-quarter run for the Warriors.

Around the league

CLIPPERS: Coach Mike Dunleavy received a four-year contract extension for more than $21-million, the Los Angeles Times reported.

HORNETS: The league fined point guard Bobby Jackson $20,000 for verbally abusing officials and not leaving the court in a timely fashion after being ejected Saturday.

NETS: Forward Clifford Robinson had surgery on his left knee.

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