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Magic's Dwight Howard repeats as DPOY, LeBron finishes 4th

Orlando Magic C Dwight Howard was named the 2010 NBA Defensive Player of the Year today, successfully defending an honor he won for the first time last season.

Howard became the first player in NBA History to lead the League in Blocks and Rebounds in the same season twice, doing it in back-to-back years.

Howard averaged 13.2 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game this season, powering the Magic to the league's second-best record behind Cleveland. Only Bill Walton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon and Ben Wallace each led the NBA in those categories once in the same season.

LeBron James, who finished 2nd to Howard last season, was 4th this time around.  Atlanta's Josh Smith was 2nd, with Charlotte's Gerald Wallace finished 3rd.

James received 4 first-place votes.