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Howard leads Orlando to 112-72 win over Toronto

Dwight Howard had 31 points and 19 rebounds, helping the Orlando Magic rout the reeling Toronto Raptors 112-72 on Friday night.

Ryan Anderson added 21 points for Orlando, which avenged a four-point home loss to the Raptors in November. Howard earned his 31st double-double of the season, J.J. Redick scored 12 points and Brandon Bass finished with 10.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 16 points. Andrea Bargnani scored all 11 of his points in the first half as Toronto picked up its sixth consecutive loss.

The Raptors were within four in the third quarter, but the Magic dominated the rest of the game. They led 73-57 after three and outscored the Raptors 39-15 in the fourth.

Toronto beat the Magic 110-106 in Orlando in November, with Bargnani using an assortment of inside and outside shots to confound the Magic front court. Bargnani had 27 points in that one, but wasn't nearly as effective in the rematch.

Howard went 12 for 21 from the field and had nine offensive rebounds, almost as many as Toronto had as a team (14). He dunked almost at will, scoring off what seemed like an endless stream of lobs from the Magic guards.

Howard's one blemish was a 7-for-13 night at the free-throw line.

Bargnani had trouble getting his midrange jumper to fall, connecting on just 3 of 14 shots from the field. It allowed Howard to stay inside the paint, and the Magic star wasn't whistled for his first foul until the 2:23 mark in the second quarter.

Howard had his double-double in the opening 24 minutes, collecting 14 points and 12 rebounds. Entering the final quarter, Howard had as many points at the entire Raptors starting five (31) and had outrebounded all of them, 19 to 17.

NOTES: Friday marked Hedo Turkoglu's first game against Toronto since he was traded to Phoenix this past July. ... Toronto's Joey Dorsey left the game in the third quarter with a sore right knee. ... The Raptors conclude their five-game road trip Saturday in Miami.