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Magic do number on Hawks

Associated Press / January 10, 2009
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The second half of a home-and-home series was over by halftime.

The Magic won their 11th straight home game and put on their most devastating offensive show of the season in routing the Atlanta Hawks, 121-87, last night in Orlando.

The Magic starters, led by Hedo Turkoglu's 21 points, were a combined 24 of 39 from the field, including 10 of 13 from 3-point range. Orlando scored a season-high 41 points in the first quarter, then tied its season highs for points in a half (71) and game.

The Magic also tied a season high with 16 3-pointers. Turkoglu hit all five of his attempts from long range and reserve J.J. Redick was 4 of 5 from behind the arc while scoring a season-high 15 points. Dwight Howard had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Jameer Nelson added 14 points and nine assists.

"I don't think anybody is too concerned with our record, we're just trying to play healthy basketball," Nelson said. "We have a good team, but we know we have to get better."

The win gave the Magic a sweep of their back-to-back series with the Hawks and improved their home record to 16-3 this season.

The Hawks starters were only 15 of 48 from the field and only Joe Johnson reached double figures with 11. Acie Law scored 16 and fellow reserve Solomon Jones added 12 points and eight rebounds for Atlanta.

The Magic held the Hawks to just 25 percent shooting over the first two quarters (10 of 40) and led, 71-33, at halftime.

Suns 128, Mavericks 100 - Shaquille O'Neal had 25 points and 10 rebounds and host Phoenix used a third-quarter scoring deluge to bury Dallas.

Jason Richardson added 21 points and Leandro Barbosa had 20 in the Suns' highest-scoring game of the season.

The Suns outscored the Mavs, 40-19, in the third, Phoenix's season high for a quarter, to turn the game into a rout. Phoenix made 13 of its first 15 shots in the second half and finished the third quarter 17 for 22.

Heat 119, Kings 115 - Dwyane Wade scored 9 of his 41 points in overtime to help visiting Miami outlast Sacramento.

Wade scored the final 5 points in overtime for the Heat, who had dropped three of four games. Relentless no matter who was covering him, Wade made 11 of 26 shots and 18 of 24 free throws. Wade also contributed five rebounds and seven assists.

Lakers 121, Pacers 119 - Kobe Bryant made a tiebreaking jumper with three seconds left and scored the Lakers' last 11 points, giving host Los Angeles the victory over Indiana.

Bryant finished 36 points and 13 assists. After his turnaround jumper, the Pacers took a timeout but were unable to get off a shot before the final buzzer.

Raptors 103, Grizzlies 82 - Chris Bosh had 32 points and 10 rebounds, Andrea Bargnani added 21 points, and host Toronto routed Memphis.

Bosh shot 11 for 13 from the field and 10 for 12 from the line to help Toronto pull away in the fourth quarter and extend its home winning streak to a season-high three games.

Pistons 93, Nuggets 90 - Tayshaun Prince hit a running jumper with 20 seconds left, Aaron Afflalo hit six straight free throws after that, and Detroit overcame 30 points by Chauncey Billups to beat Denver in Allen Iverson's return to the Mile High City.

Iverson, making his first appearance in Denver since being traded to Detroit for Billups, Antonio McDyess, and Cheikh Samb Nov. 3, led the Pistons with 23 points - 20 in the second half.

76ers 93, Bobcats 87 - Andre Miller scored 22 points, Thaddeus Young had 15, and host Philadelphia defeated Charlotte to win its third straight.

The Sixers have rapidly put a dreary road trip behind them and won their third game this week to get out of last place in the Atlantic Division and into the Eastern Conference playoff race. They beat the Rockets, won at Milwaukee, then used a 14-2 run in the third quarter to pull away from the Bobcats.

Bulls 98, Wizards 86 - Ben Gordon scored 22 points and host Chicago hung on to defeat Washington after watching a 21-point lead dwindle to 7 in the fourth quarter.

Chicago led, 78-57, early in the fourth before Washington made its move. The Wizards were within 89-82 after Antawn Jamison's layup with just under three minutes left, but Gordon answered with one of his own and the Bulls hung on.

Bucks 104, Nets 102 - Luke Ridnour's 5-foot floater with 0.5 seconds left lifted host Milwaukee over New Jersey in the first meeting between the teams since a draft day trade sent Richard Jefferson to Milwaukee for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons.

Hornets 107, Clippers 80 - Rasual Butler scored a season-high 27 points as host New Orleans handed Los Angeles its 10th straight loss.

Rockets 98, Thunder 96 - Tracy McGrady scored 26 points and made two critical free throws with 8.2 seconds left to help Houston win its second straight road game.

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