Dwight Howard sidelined by ankle

Updated: March 22, 2014, 11:47 PM ET
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CLEVELAND -- Rockets center Dwight Howard sat out Houston's 118-111 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers with a sore left ankle.

Howard, who averages 18.6 points and 12.4 rebounds, has missed three straight games. The eight-time All-Star had a procedure to remove a cyst from the ankle Tuesday.

The Rockets said before Saturday night's game that Omer Asik would start at center.

#Rockets starters: F: @ChandlerParsons F: @TerrenceJones1 C: @AsikOmer G: @JHarden13 G: @patbev21 ...

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