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Iguodala lifts 76ers past Magic

The 76ers’ Andre Iguodala fell four assists shy of a triple-double, but his 14 points and 11 rebounds were enough to help finish off the Magic. The 76ers’ Andre Iguodala fell four assists shy of a triple-double, but his 14 points and 11 rebounds were enough to help finish off the Magic. (H. Rumph Jr/Associated Press)
Associated Press / January 31, 2012
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Andre Iguodala had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the 76ers to their third straight win, 74-69, over the Orlando Magic last night in Philadelphia.

The Sixers raced to their best start in nearly a decade by taking advantage of a soft schedule for the first third of the season. It gets tough from here. Orlando was the first opponent in a long run of games against winning teams that includes home games this week against Chicago and Miami.

Led by Iguodala’s burst in the third quarter, the Sixers outlasted the stumbling Magic. Dwight Howard’s 17 points and 11 rebounds weren’t enough in Orlando’s fourth straight loss.

Howard wants out of Orlando and criticized his teammates Friday for not playing hard enough in a loss to New Orleans. He missed eight of 13 free throws overall against Philadelphia and the Magic missed 14 of 17 shots from the floor in the third. Ryan Anderson had 14 points and 20 rebounds.

Evan Turner scored 12 points for the Sixers and Thaddeus Young had 10.

Heat 109, Hornets 95 - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each scored 22 points, Mike Miller added 14 off the bench and Miami shook off a slow start to run away from visiting New Orleans.

James added 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Heat, who won for the eighth time in nine games and ended up with six players in double figures. Chris Bosh and Norris Cole each scored 12 for Miami.

Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry each scored 14 for New Orleans.

Bulls 98, Wizards 88 - Derrick Rose scored a season-high 35 points, Carlos Boozer had 18, and Kyle Korver added 17 to lead Chicago over host Washington, which has lost 16 of 20.

Rose was 10 for 20 from the field and 14 of 15 from the free throw line. He had 13 in the first quarter for the Bulls, who never trailed.

John Wall led the Wizards with 20 points.

Timberwolves 120, Rockets 108 - Michael Beasley scored 34 points, Ricky Rubio had 18 points and 11 assists, and Minnesota beat the Rockets in coach Rick Adelman’s return to Houston.

Kevin Love had 29 points for the Timberwolves, who blew open a close game with 42 points in the third for their highest-scoring quarter this season.

Kevin Martin scored 29 points for the Rockets.

Spurs 83, Grizzlies 73 - Matt Bonner scored 15 points, going 5 of 9 from outside the arc, and Tim Duncan added 14 points as San Antonio sent host Memphis to its fourth straight loss.

Rookie Kawhi Leonard had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs.

O.J. Mayo led Memphis with 17 points.

Mavericks 122, Suns 99 - Vince Carter scored 21 points against a Phoenix team that’s still paying him, helping visiting Dallas to a rout of the Steve Nash-less Suns.

Nash was out with a bruised left thigh after taking a knee from Memphis’s Marc Gasol Saturday night.

Carter became a free agent last month after the Suns bought out his contract.

Delonte West scored 25 points for Dallas.

Clippers 112, Thunder 100 - Chris Paul scored 26 points to lift Los Angeles over Oklahoma City at home.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 36 points and Russell Westbrook added 31.

Jazz 93, Trail Blazers 89 - Paul Millsap scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and host Utah used a 13-0 fourth-quarter run to beat Portland.

LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 25 points.

Bucks 103, Pistons 82 - Brandon Jennings had 21 points, reserve Mike Dunleavy added a season-high 20 on 8-of-10 shooting and host Milwaukee rolled to victory.

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