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Orlando defeats slumping 76ers

Associated Press / April 8, 2012
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Dwight Howard had 20 points and 22 rebounds and Glen Davis had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to an 88-82 win over the 76ers Saturday night in Philadelphia.

J.J. Redick scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to help the Magic snap a five-game losing streak. The Magic pushed aside the lingering rift between Howard and coach Stan Van Gundy to win for the first time since March 26.

Thaddeus Young scored 20 points, Jodie Meeks had 16, and Lou Williams 15 for Philadelphia. The Sixers have lost nine of their last 13 games and are in serious danger of missing a playoff spot after leading the Atlantic Division for most of the season.

Grizzlies 94, Mavericks 89 - Rudy Gay scored 25 points, Zach Randolph added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Memphis built a big early lead and held on to beat visiting Dallas.

Gilbert Arenas added 14 points and made three 3-pointers and Mike Conley finished with 12 points for Memphis, which won its second straight and seventh in the last nine games.

Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 17 points and eight rebounds, and Brandan Wright added 16 points. Vince Carter had 14 points, while Shawn Marion finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the Mavericks’ second straight loss.

Suns 125, Lakers 105 - Shannon Brown scored 20 of his 24 points in the third quarter, leading host Phoenix past a Los Angeles team playing without Kobe Bryant for the first time in two seasons.

An injured left shin ended the NBA’s leading scorer’s string of 138 consecutive regular-season games played.

Michael Redd scored 17 of his 20 points in the second quarter for the Suns in their highest-scoring game of the season.

Pau Gasol had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and Andrew Bynum added 23 points and 18 boards for the Lakers, who surrendered the most points they have allowed this season.

Clippers 109, Kings 94 - Blake Griffin had 27 points and 14 rebounds, Randy Foye scored 25 points while hitting seven 3-pointers, and surging Los Angeles moved past visiting Sacramento.

DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points and 20 rebounds after stoking a feud with pointedly critical comments about Griffin this week.

Hawks 116, Bobcats 96 - Joe Johnson scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and eight Atlanta players scored in double digits as host Atlanta handed Charlotte its 11th straight loss.

The Hawks broke it open in the third by scoring a season-high 38 points. Zaza Pachulia had 12 points and 16 rebounds, while Jannero Pargo had 15 points and nine assists for the Hawks. Ivan Johnson added 17 points.

Bucks 116, Trail Blazers 94 - Beno Udrih scored a season-high 21 points, Brandon Jennings also added 21, and host Milwaukee beat Portland to tighten the race for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

Ersan Ilyasova chipped in 20 points for Milwaukee, which moved within a half-game of idle New York with its fourth straight victory.

Warriors 112, Nuggets 97 - Brandon Rush scored a team-high 20 points off the bench, and host Golden State put a dent in Denver’s fading playoff hopes with a balanced effort.

The Nuggets were led by Ty Lawson’s 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting.

Hornets 99, Timberwolves 90 - Jason Smith had a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, leading host New Orleans past struggling Minnesota.

Kevin Love had 29 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota, which lost its fifth in a row and 13th in its last 17. Michael Beasley added 20 points.

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