Hamilton’s 36 not enough to fend off Magic

Dwight Howard had a season-high 33 points and added 17 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Detroit Pistons 116-91 on Wednesday night. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year added seven blocks in a dominating performance that gave Orlando its 11th win in the last 14 games. Howard was 11 for 13 on free throws, a refreshing reprieve for the Magic from his normal woes. Vince Carter finished with 20 points, and Jameer Nelson had 14 for Orlando. Richard Hamilton had 36 points, and Tayshaun Prince scored 13 for the Pistons, who had little help late with Ben Gordon ejected. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)