J.J. Redick scored 17 points in place of an injured Vince Carter, and the Magic ended a four-game losing streak with a 113-81 victory over the Atlanta Hawks last night in Orlando.
Matt Barnes finished with 18 points, and reserve Jason Williams added 14 to help the Magic build a 38-point lead and stay atop the Southeast Division. Orlando is 1 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta and has won the two regular-season meetings against its division rival.
Al Horford had 14 points and Josh Smith scored 11 for the Hawks, who committed 16 turnovers and never could rally after falling behind early. Especially not with Orlando shooting 64 percent from the floor in the opening half.
Atlanta couldn’t have expected such a Magic turnaround.
Orlando had lost four straight games - all to teams that had losing records - for the first time since February 2007. And Carter said before the game he had a “mild separation’’ in his left shoulder but could be back as soon as next week, saying it was mostly soreness and didn’t require surgery.
At least now the Magic can head out on a tough four-game road trip with stops at the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver, Portland and Sacramento with some momentum.
A lot of it.
Filling in for the injured Carter, Redick highlighted a 26-6 run with some highlights worthy of his days as a star at Duke. He had a pair of hard-driving layups, a 3-pointer and a jumper rolling off a tight screen to help give the Magic a 44-24 lead late in the second quarter.
It would get worse for Atlanta. Much worse.
Dwight Howard swatted Joe Johnson’s shot into the first row, then twice connected on an alley-oop from Jameer Nelson. Ryan Anderson had a pair of powerful drop-steps in the post for layups. Barnes had a 3-point play and a shot-clock beating jumper; and one of backup center Marcin Gortat’s four blocks hit a videographer sitting on the baseline.
The Hawks didn’t help themselves.
They had 10 turnovers in the first half. They showed little poise - constantly arguing with officials - and had even fewer second-chance shots, a big reason why they trotted slowly to the locker room down a whopping 66-37.
Bobcats 89, Grizzlies 87 - Gerald Wallace tipped in Raymond Felton’s missed shot at the buzzer to lift host Charlotte over Memphis.
Moments after O.J. Mayo’s 3-pointer tied it, Felton drove to the basket on DeMarre Carroll. His floater was too strong and didn’t hit iron, but Wallace leaped over Zach Randolph and put it through as time expired.
Wallace tumbled to the floor, then jumped up and was mobbed by his teammates.
76ers 104, Pistons 94 - Elton Brand matched a season high with 25 points and was one of six double-digit scorers for visiting Philadelphia.
Detroit has lost 12 straight in its worst slump since April 1994.
Allen Iverson didn’t make his relatively anticipated return to The Palace, drawing boos from the crowd when it was announced he would not play because of an injured left knee.
Iverson had a short and unsuccessful stint with Detroit last season.
Jazz 111, Mavericks 93 - Deron Williams had 20 points and nine assists in his return to the lineup, and Carlos Boozer added 15 points for Utah in Dallas.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points, Jason Kidd 19 and Jason Terry 16 for the Mavericks.
Thunder 108, Pacers 102 - Kevin Durant matched his season high with 40 points, and Oklahoma City beat visiting Indiana to win for the seventh time in nine games.
In his second game after returning from a heel injury, Danny Granger scored 25 points to lead the Pacers, who have lost nine straight road games.
Kings 102, Nuggets 100 - Tyreke Evans scored 27 points, including the tiebreaking jumper with .7 seconds left, as host Sacramento snapped a season-high five-game losing streak.
Chauncey Billups had 27 points for Denver and made a 3-pointer from 25 feet to tie it at 100 with 11 seconds remaining.
Rockets 105, Knicks 96 - Luis Scola matched a season high with 23 points, Aaron Brooks added 20 and host Houston snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating New York.
David Lee had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and Nate Robinson added 20 points for the Knicks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Bulls 110, Timberwolves 96 - Joakim Noah had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Kirk Hinrich had 20 points and seven assists and host Chicago topped Minnesota to snap a three-game skid.