Dwight Howard has 23 rebounds, Hornets hold off Mavs 102-98

Published 11:13 p.m. ET March 24, 2018 | Updated 12:12 a.m. ET March 25, 2018

DALLAS (AP) — It was as if Dwight Howard didn’t even have a game off.

Howard had 23 rebounds and 18 points to cap an eventful four days and the Charlotte Hornets held off the Dallas Mavericks 102-98 on Saturday night for their third straight victory.

Howard had a career-high 30 rebounds and scored 32 points against Brooklyn on Wednesday night, then served a one-game suspension for his 16th technical foul of the season as Charlotte beat Memphis 140-79 on Thursday night.

That’s 50 points and 53 rebounds in Howard’s last two games.

“I was just trying to get as many rebounds as I can,” he said. “Dominate the paint, set some screens for Kemba (Walker) and the rest of the guys to open up everything else in the paint.”

Charlotte led by as many as 15 points, but Dallas cut it to 87-86 on two of Yogi Ferrell’s 11 fourth-quarter…

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