Howard helps Magic dodge Bulls

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CHICAGO — Dwight Howard had 29 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 99-94 win over the Bulls on Thursday, snapping Chicago’s eight-game winning streak.

Chicago twice overcame double-digit deficits and led 91-89 with 2:56 to play after Derrick Rose passed to Carlos Boozer for a jumper.

Orlando responded with an 8-1 run started by Jameer Nelson’s lob to Howard for a dunk. Ryan Anderson hit a 3 and a pair of free throws in the game-deciding rally.

The Magic bounced back from a
100-84 loss at Charlotte, beating the league-best Bulls two nights after losing to the last-place Bobcats.

Boozer led the Bulls with 26 points. Rose added 17 points and nine assists, but shot just 6 for 22 from the field.

Jason Richardson scored 18 points and hit four 3-pointers for the Magic. Orlando hit 11 3-pointers.

TIMBERWOLVES: Nikola Pekovic says he is ready to return to the starting lineup.

The burly center has missed the past two games with a sore right foot. Minnesota will need his size and strength tonight when they play host to the Los Angeles Lakers.

CLIPPERS: The team plans to raise ticket prices by an average of 15 percent next season. It’s the first price hike in six years.

The team said Thursday that more than 9,000 seats at Staples Center will increase by 11 percent or less.

Team President Andy Roeser says the club studied the pricing strategy thoroughly and developed a plan mindful of its impact on Clippers fans.

Season-ticket sales have been at capacity for the entire current season for the first time in Clippers history.

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