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Dwight Howard cleared to play

Updated: January 25, 2013, 2:27 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers finally received some good news on Thursday.

Dwight Howard, who aggravated his right shoulder injury in Wednesday's game at Memphis, was examined Thursday in Los Angeles by shoulder specialist Dr. James Tibone, who confirmed there is no further damage and cleared the center to play.

Howard is expected to start when the Lakers host the Utah Jazz on Friday.

Howard aggravated the torn labrum in his right shoulder while trying ...

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