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Magic overpower Spurs

Dwight Howard can afford to smile as Orlando put away Tim Duncan's Spurs. Dwight Howard can afford to smile as Orlando put away Tim Duncan's Spurs. (eric gay/Associated Press)
Associated Press / January 12, 2009
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Dwight Howard scored 24 points and Jameer Nelson had 8 of his 22 in the final two minutes as visiting Orlando beat San Antonio, 105-98, last night.

Hedo Turkoglu added 21 points for the Magic (30-8), who are tied with the Celtics and Lakers for the NBA lead in victories.

The Magic, who has won four straight and 13 of 15 games, were 14 of 22 from 3-point territory.

Tony Parker scored 31 points for the Spurs, but missed a pair of layups in the final two minutes as San Antonio closed the game by missing six of seven shots.

In the matchup against Howard, Tim Duncan had 18 points, hitting 7 of 14 from the floor and all four foul shots along with 10 rebounds. Howard was 9 of 12, going 6 of 7 on free throws, and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Lakers 108, Pacers 105 - Andrew Bynum scored a season-high 24 points, including a go-ahead follow shot with 18.5 seconds remaining, as Los Angeles beat visiting Miami.

After Bryant tipped in Kobe Bryant's miss to give the Lakers a 104-102 lead, Chris Quinn missed a baseline jumper. Vladimir Radmanovic got the rebound and was fouled with 6.6 seconds left. Radmanovic, an 83.3 percent shooter from the foul line, made both shots to give him a season-high 18 points and the Lakers a 4-point lead.

Daequan Cook made a 3-pointer to cut the Lakers' lead to 106-105, but Bryant made two foul shots with 4.2 seconds left to complete the scoring.

Warriors 120, Pacers 117 - Jamal Crawford scored 32 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.3 seconds left in a pell-mell fourth quarter as host Golden State snapped its five-game losing streak with a thrilling victory over Indiana.

Danny Granger scored 15 of his career high-tying 42 points for Indiana in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer that put the Pacers up, 117-116, with 23.8 seconds left in a wild final period that had 12 lead changes.

But after Crawford replied with his dramatic 3, Mike Dunleavy and Travis Diener missed 3-pointers for Indiana in the final seconds.

Kelenna Azubuike added 21 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors, hitting a free throw with 5.6 seconds left.

Granger, who scorched Golden State for 41 points in Indianapolis last month, was even better in the rematch - but the Pacers' biggest shot was curiously taken with six seconds left by Dunleavy, the reviled former Warriors forward whose horrific miss off the side of the backboard capped his 4-for-14 performance.

Kings 102, Mavericks 95 - Kevin Martin scored 21 points and Francisco Garcia had 7 during a key fourth-quarter stretch as Sacramento ended its five-game losing streak with a victory over visiting Dallas.

Beno Udrih had 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists for Sacramento, which hadn't won since beating the Los Angeles Clippers Dec. 30.

Jason Terry scored a season-high 33 points for Dallas, including 15 in the third quarter. Dirk Nowitzki added 15 points and eight rebounds.

Suns 109, Clippers 103 - Grant Hill scored 6 of his 21 points in the final 5:04 and Amare Stoudemire overcame early foul trouble to score 26 points as visiting Phoenix sent Los Angeles to its 11th straight loss.

Shaquille O'Neal had 15 points and 10 rebounds, including a critical 3-point play with 2:05 remaining.

O'Neal, whose horrendous shooting from the foul line over the years gave berth to the "Hack-a-Shaq" defense, was 5 for 5 from the line Sunday after going 7 for 7 during his 25-point effort Friday.

Jason Richardson had 21 points and Nash added 14 points and 12 assists for the Suns, who blew a 15-point lead before notching their third straight road win.

Al Thornton had 23 points and eight rebounds for the Clippers, whose losing streak is their longest since a 13-game stretch late in the in 2003-04 season. Marcus Camby had 18 points and 18 rebounds.

76ers 109, Hawks 94 - Andre Iguodala took advantage of the absence of Atlanta's Al Horford to score 27 points as visiting Philadelphia dominated near the basket in beating Atlanta.

The 76ers, who have their first four-game winning streak of the season, scored 56 points in the paint and had a combined 49 points by their starting forwards. Thaddeus Young added 22 points and nine rebounds for Philadelphia.

Horford sustained a bone bruise on his right knee Friday and he won't be with the team for its three-game road trip that begins tomorrow in Phoenix.

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