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Magic come back and cast spell on Wizards

Associated Press / April 8, 2010

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Dwight Howard had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Magic beat the Washington Wizards, 121-94, last night at Orlando, Fla.

J.J. Redick and Mickael Pietrus added 16 points apiece to pull Orlando within a half-game of the idle Lakers for home-court advantage in case of a possible Finals rematch, the only thing really left at stake for the Magic. They’ve already clinched a third straight Southeast Division title and are locked into the Eastern Conference’s No. 2 playoff seed.

Nick Young had 21 points, and Mike Miller scored 16 for the Wizards, who missed another chance for their first three-game winning streak in two years.

Warriors 116, Timberwolves 107 — Stephen Curry had 27 points, 14 assists, 8 rebounds, and a career-high 7 steals, and Anthony Tolliver scored a career-high 34 points to lead Golden State to a road victory over Minnesota, giving coach Don Nelson an NBA-record 1,333 wins to surpass Lenny Wilkens.

Kevin Love had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who cut a 27-point deficit to 4 with 43.6 seconds left.

Bobcats 104, Hornets 103 — Charlotte clinched its first playoff berth since its founding six years ago, as Stephen Jackson scored 29 points and D.J. Augustin hit a crucial 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to beat host New Orleans.

Charlotte blew a 26-point lead and trailed by as many as 8 in the fourth quarter before clawing back, helped in large part by Augustin, who hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Pacers 113, Knicks 105 — Danny Granger scored 33 points to help host Indiana beat New York.

Granger made 5 of 10 3-pointers as the Pacers won for the 10th time in 11 home games. It was Granger’s eighth game with 30 or more points since March 1.

Heat 99, 76ers 95 — Dwyane Wade scored 8 of his 22 points in the final four minutes, Dorell Wright added 19 off the bench, and surging Miami rallied past Philadelphia at home for its ninth straight win.

Carlos Arroyo scored 15 points, Mario Chalmers added 12, and Udonis Haslem finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which is on its longest win streak since March 2007.

Suns 112, Spurs 101 — Amare Stoudemire scored 29 points and host Phoenix dominated San Antonio, snapping the Spurs’ four-game winning streak. The Suns remained tied for second in the Western Conference with four games to play.

Jason Richardson scored 20 and Steve Nash had 16 points and 12 assists in Phoenix’s 11th victory in 12 games.

Pistons 90, Hawks 88 — Ben Gordon scored 22 points and made two key defensive plays in the final minute, leading injury-riddled Detroit to a home win over Atlanta.

The win came one night after the Pistons snapped an 11-game losing streak. Detroit had lost 18 of 20, dating to Feb. 24.

Nuggets 98, Thunder 94 — Chauncey Billups scored 31 points and Carmelo Anthony added 24 as Denver charged back from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat host Oklahoma City.

The Nuggets held the Thunder without a basket for the final nine minutes while finishing the game on a 22-5 run.

Bucks 108, Nets 89 — John Salmons scored 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting and host Milwaukee beat New Jersey.

The Nets fell to 11-67, guaranteeing them at least a share of the worst record.

Rockets 113, Jazz 96 — Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin scored 28 points apiece, and Rick Adelman became the 11th coach to reach 900 career victories in Houston’s easy win at home.

Carlos Boozer had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Deron Williams added 12 points and seven assists for Utah.

Mavericks 110, Grizzlies 84 — Caron Butler scored 23 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 22 points and nine rebounds, and host Dallas stopped a two-game skid by beating Memphis.

Trail Blazers 93, Clippers 85 — LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 12 rebounds and Portland moved up in the West playoff standings with a road victory over Los Angeles.

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