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Via the Orlando Magic:
The Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month presented by Kia Motors for games played during October/November. It marks the fifth time of his career that Howard has earned the league’s top monthly honor (April 2006, November 2006, November 2007, December 2007).
Howard was fifth in the Eastern Conference in scoring, averaging 21.8 points on .594 shooting, which ranked second in the conference and third in the league. To go along with his offensive production, Howard ranked fourth in the league in rebounds, averaging 12.1. He helped the Magic get off to a 13-4 start, putting the team atop the Southeast division. Howard’s month was highlighted by his defensive performance on Nov. 3 versus Minnesota, where he had eight blocks, representing an NBA season high, while also setting a new Magic franchise record for blocks in a quarter with six. Howard hit the game-winning shot on Nov. 27 at Washington, and in addition, he was named player of the week twice, for weeks ending Nov. 7 and Nov. 28.
Here is a recap of the month for Howard:
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
Nov. 3 vs. Minnesota: Recorded 18 points, 16 rebounds and a season-high eight blocks in a 128-86 win over the Timberwolves.
Nov. 5 vs. New Jersey: Tallied 30 points and 16 rebounds in a 105-90 victory over the Nets.
Nov. 24 vs. Miami: Registered 24 points to go along with 18 rebounds in a 111-100 victory over the Heat.
Nov. 27 @ Washington: Compiled a season-high 32 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and hit the game-winning shot to defeat the Wizards by a score of 100-99.
Utah’s Deron Williams took home the monthly award for the Western Conference.