Howard sidelined against Bucks because of quad contusion

ATLANTA (AP) Hawks center Dwight Howard is sidelined with a left quad contusion and was not in uniform for Atlanta's game Wednesday night against Milwaukee.

Howard banged knees with Heat center Hassan Whiteside on Tuesday night in a win at Miami. He left the game in the third quarter and did not return.

Howard, the active career NBA leader in double-doubles, is averaging 14.8 points and 12.3 rebounds. The eight-time All-Star in his first season with Atlanta.

Mike Muscala started in Howard's spot.

Reserve forward Thabo Sefolosha did not play because of a strained right hamstring.

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