DEFENDING DWIGHT HOWARDThe Thunder fared much better against Orlando All-Star center Dwight Howard on Sunday at the Ford Center than it did last season when he recorded 30 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in the Magic’s 109-92 win on Nov. 12. Howard scored 20 points with seven rebounds and didn’t have a blocked shot in 32 minutes. The Thunder defended Howard with Nenad Krstic and Etan Thomas but made sure throw another defender at him when he caught it deep in the post. Howard attempted 17 free throws but made just 10. Brooks said he didn’t have to watch last year’s film to prepare for this year’s match up. "It’s in my memory bank forever,” Brooks said, only half jokingly.
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