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Howard, Magic Hammer Bulls
CHICAGO (AP) -- Dwight Howard had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic pulled away early for a 107-87 victory over the Chicago Bulls Wednesday and their 10th win in 12 games.

Orlando led 41-17 through the first quarter and didn't have to contend with All-Star point guard Derrick Rose after he left with a bruised right hip following a hard foul by Howard in the opening minutes. That was a chilling sight on a night when little looked good for the Bulls, and the Magic could do no wrong.

They certainly look ready for their matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, a showdown between the Eastern Conference's top teams before the All-Star break.

Luol Deng led Chicago with 23 points, his fourth straight game with 20 or more.

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