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Associated Press, Published April 18 2011

Magic's Howard wins 3rd straight defensive award

NEW YORK — Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard is the first player to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award three straight seasons.

Only Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace, with four each, have won the award more times.

The league announced Monday that Howard received 585 points, including 114 first-place votes, from a panel of 120 sports writers and broadcasters. Boston's Kevin Garnett finished second with 77 points and Dallas' Tyson Chandler was third with 70.

The 6-foot-11 Howard ranked second in the NBA at 14.1 rebounds per game and fourth in blocks with 2.38.