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Howard again named Defensive Player of the Year

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard was named the 2010-11 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first player to win the award in three straight seasons.

Howard received 585 points, including 114 first-place votes, from a panel of 120 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. He was a runaway winner, as only five other players received first-place votes.

Boston's Kevin Garnett finished second with 77 points, followed by Dallas' Tyson Chandler with 70 points. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote received.

Howard ranked second in the league with 14.1 rebounds per game and was fourth in blocks with 2.38 per contest. The Magic allowed just 93.5 points per game, fourth-best in the league.

The seventh-year veteran also led the league with 66 double-doubles, including six 20-point, 20-rebound efforts. He recorded at least 1,000 rebounds and 100 blocked shots for the sixth straight year.

Howard helped the Magic to a record of 52-30 this season and the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Only two players have won the top defensive honor more than Howard, as Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace each claimed the award four times.

04/18 20:37:46 ET