Turkoglu helps Magic rally past Knicks
Dwight Howard had 29 points and 14 rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu led a fourth-quarter rally, and the Orlando Magic tuned up for a showdown with the Celtics by beating the New York Knicks, 106-102, last night in Madison Square Garden.
Turkoglu scored 12 of his 16 points in the final period for the Magic, who lowered their magic number to 1 to clinch their second straight Southeast Division title. That could come tomorrow, when they host the Celtics in a game where second place in the Eastern Conference will be at stake.
"It is a big game," Howard said. "They've got a lot of their guys back, so we're looking forward to it. They won their last couple of games and I think it'll be a good matchup."
Orlando is a game behind Boston for the No. 2 seed. Courtney Lee scored 22 points on some clutch free-throw shooting for the Magic.
New York built an 11-point lead late in the third quarter before Turkoglu brought Orlando back. He converted a 3-point play early in the fourth, then had two 3-pointers as the Magic cut it to 90-87 with 5 1/2 minutes remaining.
"They kept leaving me open," Turkoglu said. "I guess they thought I was missing first half, I would keep missing or I would stop shooting. But you know me, I never stop shooting."
Lee's drive cut it to one, Howard gave the Magic the lead with a follow dunk, and Turkoglu added another layup to give Orlando a 93-90 edge with 3:20 remaining. Quentin Richardson's 3-pointer tied it, but Rafer Alston answered with a 3 to give Orlando the lead for good at 96-93 with 2:36 to go.
Heat 94, Grizzlies 82 - Dwyane Wade scored 27 points to top his own Miami season record, and added eight assists as the host Heat easily beat Memphis.
Wade has 2,064 points this season, 24 more than his previous best, set in the 2005-06 championship season. He got the record on a layup 2 minutes in, part of an 11-0 start that got Miami rolling.
After the game, Wade gave his jersey to 8-year-old Michael Stolzenberg, a boy who nearly died from a bacterial infection last summer, an ailment so devastating that doctors needed to remove both his hands and feet just so he would survive.
76ers 114, Trail Blazers 108 - Andre Miller had 27 points and 10 rebounds and Thaddeus Young and Andre Iguodala scored 25 points each as visiting Philadelphia rallied in overtime to beat Portland.
Hawks 109, Timberwolves 97 - Flip Murray scored a season-best 30 points, and Mike Bibby and Joe Johnson each added 20 as Atlanta beat Minnesota for its season-high eighth straight home victory.
Bulls 101, Wizards 99 - Ben Gordon scored 7 of his 21 points in the final 3 1/2 minutes, and visiting Chicago hung on for the victory by holding off a furious Washington rally that whittled an 11-point fourth-quarter lead to 1.
Suns 118, Nuggets 115 - Grant Hill scored 23 points as host Phoenix beat Denver to extend its season-high winning streak to five games.