Howard shines as Magic overcome Cavaliers

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - The Orlando Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time this season, winning 101-95 on Sunday.

Dwight Howard claimed 22 points and 16 rebounds as Orlando floored its fiercest Eastern Conference rival.

"I was just attacking the basket and trying to use my quickness against their big men," Howard told reporters.

"We have to play inside out and continue to do that if we're going to beat this team. I'm not satisfied, but I'm happy with our progress."

LeBron James scored a game-high 33 points but was held to three in the final period as the Cavaliers (43-14) lost a third straight game for the first time this season.

Cleveland led 85-80 with less than six minutes left but the Magic (38-19) went on a 9-0 scoring burst to take the advantage.

Rashard Lewis clinched the win on a three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining.

Lewis had 15 points and the Magic also received big support in the fourth from Jameer Nelson (18) and Vince Carter (11) who had eight each in the pivotal period.

"We play well in the fourth quarter, it wasn't even about me," Nelson said. "The one thing I'm going to do is shoot the shots no matter how many I miss."

(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles, California, editing by Justin Palmer)