Dwight Howard scored 28 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and was way too much for Cleveland’s front line to handle in leading the Orlando Magic to a 97-86 win last night over the host Cavaliers.
With the Cavs unable to stop Howard, the Magic built a 15-point lead in the first quarter and were up by 26 late in the third. Cleveland pulled within 92-83 with 3:15 remaining, but Hedo Turkoglu’s 3-pointer put Orlando back in control.
Orlando swept all four games against Cleveland, winning the season series for the first time since 2002-03. The teams were heated rivals just a year ago when LeBron James was still with the Cavs, but they’re now at opposite ends of the spectrum.
J.J. Hickson scored 18 and Daniel Gibson 16 for the Cavs, who have dropped three straight and nine of 11.
Bulls 132, Kings 92 — Derrick Rose and Kyle Korver scored 18 points apiece as host Chicago routed Sacramento.
Carlos Boozer scored 16 points in his return to the Bulls’ lineup after missing five games with a sprained left ankle.
Marcus Thornton led the Kings with 25 points.
Spurs 111, Warriors 96 — Manu Ginobili scored 28 points and host San Antonio got a scare when Tim Duncan sprained his left ankle in a victory over Golden State.
X-rays on Duncan’s foot were negative. The injury looked potentially serious as Duncan lay on his side, clutching his foot with both hands, for more than a minute.
Ekpe Udoh led Golden State with 15 points.
Pacers 102, Nets 98 — Roy Hibbert scored 24 points and Danny Granger had 17 of his 20 in the second half as Indiana opened a two-game lead in the race for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with a victory over host New Jersey.
Jazz 103, Grizzlies 85 — Zach Randolph scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Memphis maintained its hold on the final Western Conference playoff spot with a victory over visiting Utah.
Nuggets 123, Raptors 90 — Ty Lawson led seven Denver players in double figures with 23 points as the Nuggets routed visiting Toronto.