Howard held to one point in Magic's fifth straight loss


Published: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eddie House scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and the New Jersey Nets held Dwight Howard to a season-low one point in a 101-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

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Vince Carter had 27 points and Richard Jefferson 17 to lead the Nets to a season-high fourth straight win and their ninth in 11 games. Jason Kidd added 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as New Jersey rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to reach the .500 mark (20-20) for the first time since Nov. 20.

Hedo Turkoglu had 24 points to lead the undermanned Magic, who played without the injured Grant Hill (pinkie) in losing a season-high fifth straight. Rookie J.J. Redick had a career-high 13 points in only his ninth game.

The big key for the Nets was the defensive job they did on Howard, who was averaging a team-high 17.5 points. He was 0-for-6 from the field and was so frustrated on offense by Jason Collins that he picked up three offensive fouls. His previous low was four points against Phoenix on Dec. 11.

PISTONS 91, KINGS 74

Ron Artest was booed and jeered in his first game at The Palace of Auburn Hills since the brawl between Pacers players and Pistons fans more than two years ago.

Richard Hamilton scored 19 points and Tayshaun Prince added 17 to lead Detroit, which has won two straight, both with Chris Webber in the starting lineup, after losing eight of 11. Webber had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

BOBCATS 104, HAWKS 85

Matt Carroll scored 22 points and host Charlotte shot a team-record 65 percent in its second victory over Atlanta in two nights.

Atlanta played the second half without forward Josh Smith, who will likely face disciplinary action after he made obscene gestures to fans after his second-quarter ejection.

Joe Johnson scored 22 points, Marvin Williams added 20 and Josh Childress had 18 for the Hawks, who have lost two straight following a three-game winning streak.

KNICKS 108, PACERS 106

Eddy Curry scored 26 points, and former Gator David Lee had 20 points and 16 rebounds to help visiting New York hand Indiana its fourth straight loss.

The Pacers had a chance to win in the closing seconds, but Danny Granger shot an airball on a 3-pointer from the right wing.

CLIPPERS 112, GRIZZLIES 91

Elton Brand scored a season-high 34 points, and Sam Cassell added 21 points and a season-high 14 assists to help the host Clippers rout Memphis.

Pau Gasol scored 27 points for Memphis, 4-7 since player personnel director Tony Barone Sr. became head coach in the wake of Mike Fratello's firing on Dec. 28.

WIZARDS 115, CELTICS 110 (OT)

Antawn Jamison recovered from a hyperextended knee to score five of his 23 points in overtime, and the host Wizards blew a 21-point second-half lead Saturday night before beating the Celtics.

HORNETS 113, LAKERS 103

David West had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and Rasual Butler outshot Kobe Bryant down the stretch to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a victory over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant finished with 23 points, but Butler came up with the big plays in crunch time.

WARRIORS

Golden State guard Baron Davis was suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Saturday for taking a swing at the Los Angeles Clippers' Quinton Ross.

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