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Howard sets rebounds record

DWIGHT Howard passed Wilt Chamberlain as the youngest NBA player to reach 5,000 rebounds as the Orlando Magic withstood Dwyane Wade's 42 points for a 101-95 road victory over Miami Heat on Monday.

The 23-year-old Howard collected 22 points and 18 rebounds to boost his career total to 5,007. Chamberlain, the all-time NBA rebound leader with 23,924, was 25 when he reached 5,000.

"The big guy was really aggressive," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Rashard Lewis added 21 for Orlando (55-18), which won its sixth consecutive game to stay percentage points ahead of Boston (56-19) for second place in the Eastern Conference.

Hedo Turkoglu (16), Rafer Alston (13) and Courtney Lee (10) also were in double figures for the Magic.

Wade now has 12 40-point games this season. "Wade is great every night," Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said.

However, the NBA's leading scorer found little help with Mario Chalmers scoring 13 points and Jermaine O'Neal 10. The loss left fifth-placed Miami (39-35) just a game ahead of Philadelphia (37-35) in the East.

Wade's layup gave Miami a 92-91 lead with 2:51 to play, but the Magic scored six consecutive points, on a free throw by Howard, Lewis's three-pointer and again a layup by Howard to take control. The Heat retired Alonzo Mourning's No. 33 jersey during halftime ceremonies that included a letter from US President Barack Obama.

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Richard Jefferson had 29 points and 10 rebounds against his former teammates as the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a season-high, five-game losing streak with a 107-78 romp over the Nets.

Charlie Villanueva added 20 points for the Bucks, who kept their slim hopes for a playoff berth alive by snapping a seven-game road losing streak and sending the Nets to their fifth straight loss, matching their season high.

In Salt Lake City, Deron Williams had 24 points and 13 assists for Utah, which rallied after blowing a huge lead at home for the second straight game before pulling off a 112-104 victory over the Knicks.

The Jazz led by 24 early in the third quarter, but fell behind by a point in the fourth before regrouping and closing the game on a 20-11 run.

In Oakland, California, O.J. Mayo scored 24 points and had a career-high 10 assists and Rudy Gay added 21 points as the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from nine points down in the fourth quarter to beat the short-handed Golden State Warriors 114-109.

Mike Conley added 21 points and six rebounds for the Grizzlies (19-54), who won for just the fourth time in 22 games.


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