Howard, Magic rout Bobcats


Published: Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

ORLANDO — Dwight Howard had 22 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots Friday night to lead the Orlando Magic to their third straight victory, 106-74 over the Charlotte Bobcats.

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Jameer Nelson added 20 points, going 4-of-6 from 3-point range for the Magic, who limited Charlotte to just 29 percent shooting. Reserve forward Trevor Ariza had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Matt Carroll led the Bobcats with 19 points, while Raymond Felton had 11 points and seven assists. Derek Anderson was the only other Bobcats player in double figures with 10.

The Magic used a 16-0 run that bridged the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth to break open what had been close game. Orlando led only 64-60 with four minutes to go in the third quarter, but scored nine straight to end the period, then opened the fourth with seven more to push their lead to 80-60.

MAVERICKS 90, SPURS 85

Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 36 points and Josh Howard added 18 to lead visiting Dallas to a victory over San Antonio.

Howard grabbed 12 rebounds as Dallas won in San Antonio for the third straight time, dating to Game 7 of last season's Western Conference semifinals.

San Antonio was led by Manu Ginobili, who scored 25 points. Tim Duncan had 18 points, Tony Parker contributed 15 and Fabricio Oberto was perfect from the field, going 7-of-7 and adding 14 points.

WIZARDS 116, CLIPPERS 105

Gilbert Arenas scored 29 of his 35 points in the first half and added a season-high 12 assists, leading host Washington past the Clippers.

Caron Butler had 27 points — his fifth consecutive game with at least 20 — six assists and five rebounds for Washington, which has won seven of its last eight games.

Elton Brand had 29 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, now 3-12 on the road. Chris Kaman added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

TIMBERWOLVES 104, 76ERS 102 (OT)

Kevin Garnett hit a 15-footer with Samuel Dalembert's hand in his face as the buzzer sounded in overtime to lift host Minnesota to a victory over Philadelphia.

Garnett finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds, and Trenton Hassell tied a career high with 22 points for the Wolves, who won their third game in a row and sixth of their last eight.

Kyle Korver had 25 points and Andre Iguodala had 23 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for Philadelphia in the final game of a grueling seven-game road trip.

NETS 91, BULLS 86

Vince Carter and Jason Kidd combined to score 10 straight points down the stretch, and host New Jersey rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Chicago for the 10th straight time at home.

Carter finished with 21 points, while Kidd had 17 points and 10 rebounds to help the Nets earn their first three-game winning streak.

Luol Deng scored 22 points to lead Chicago.

RAPTORS 105, HAWKS 92

Chris Bosh scored 21 points in helping host Toronto send Atlanta to its eighth straight loss.

Joey Graham tied a career high with 19 points and had eight rebounds for the Raptors, who never trailed.

Marvin Williams scored 24 points for the Hawks.

CELTICS 128, GRIZZLIES 119

Wally Szczerbiak scored 26 points, Tony Allen added 20 and visiting Boston used a balanced offense to beat Memphis.

Seven players scored in double figures for the Celtics, still missing leading scorer Paul Pierce because of an injured left foot. But they built a 14-point lead midway through the fourth quarter and won for only the second time in nine games.

Mike Miller and Pau Gasol led the Grizzlies with 24 points each.

HEAT

Pat Riley had three large pieces of cartilage successfully removed from his right knee, but a timetable for the coach's return is still unknown.

NUGGETS

Allen Iverson was fined $25,000 by the NBA for his remarks about referee Steve Javie following Denver's loss Tuesday to Philadelphia.

SUNS

Guard Raja Bell was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA for kicking Toronto's Andrea Bargnani.

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