Magic end five-game losing skid


Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

CLEVELAND - Grant Hill scored 22 points, Dwight Howard added 18 with 13 rebounds and the Orlando Magic snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the listless Cleveland Cavaliers 90-79 on Monday night.

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Orlando's Darko Milicic, left, defends a twisting shot by Cleveland forward LeBron James in the fourth quarter Monday in Cleveland.

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Hill, who missed Orlando's previous game with a dislocated pinky, only scored two points and played less than six minutes of the fourth quarter. But he did enough in his first 27 minutes on the floor to give the Magic an 11-point lead entering the period.

Jameer Nelson had 11 points, Keith Bogans made three 3-pointers and Darko Milicic added nine rebounds for Orlando, which ended a six-game skid in Cleveland.

LeBron James had 18 points for the weary Cavaliers, who just completed a seven-game trip out West and were playing their fifth game in seven nights.

HEAT 101, KNICKS 93

Playing without their two All-Stars, the Miami Heat scored a franchise-record 27 consecutive points and beat the visiting New York Knicks.

Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal watched from the bench as Miami raced to a 29-3 lead after 8 minutes.

Miami did it with a makeshift lineup. Wade decided shortly before the game to rest the left ankle he sprained Sunday in a loss to Dallas, and O'Neal missed his 35th consecutive game as he nears a return from knee surgery.

Former Gator Udonis Haslem added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Miami.

NUGGETS 115, GRIZZLIES 98

Together at last, Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson began their quest Monday night to prove two superstars can coexist.

So far, so very, very good.

Anthony scored 28 points in his return from a 15-game suspension for fighting and Iverson added 23 in host Denver's rout of Memphis.

After receiving a resounding ovation during introductions, Anthony took the microphone and thanked fans, teammates and Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke for supporting him during his 36-day layoff.

SPURS 93, CELTICS 89

Tim Duncan remained unbeaten against Boston, finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds to lead visiting San Antonio.

Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker each scored 15 points for the Spurs, who have won 18 straight against the Celtics and nine in a row in Boston.

Duncan shot 7-of-17 from the field and 7-of-7 from the free throw line as the Spurs won their third straight and eighth in 10 games.

Delonte West led Boston with 27 points and Al Jefferson added 26.

PACERS 98, BULLS 91

Jermaine O'Neal had 22 points and 10 rebounds as host Indiana beat Chicago to snap a four-game skid and win for the first time since making an eight-player trade last week.

RAPTORS 105, BOBCATS 84

Chris Bosh scored 20 points and Jose Calderon had a season-high 19 points and 11 assists to lead host Toronto over Charlotte.

NETS

New Jersey Nets forward Richard Jefferson will be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery on his right ankle Monday.

Jefferson is the Nets' third-leading scorer with 16.1 points per game.

HAWKS

Atlanta forward Josh Smith was fined $25,000 by the NBA for making obscene gestures to the crowd after being ejected from a game last weekend.

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