Magic smash Bucks, 98-73


Published: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

ORLANDO — Even if they aren't quite back on track, the slumping Orlando Magic at least took a step in the right direction.

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Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut misses a 3-point shot over Orlando Magic center Darko Milicic in the first half.

The Associated Press

Hedo Turkoglu scored 17 points and Tony Battie added a season-high 15 as the Magic stopped a three-game losing streak by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 98-73 Wednesday night.

Unexpected contributions from Battie and reserves Keith Bogans and Darko Milicic made the difference against a Milwaukee team that is slumping even worse than the Magic.

Battie scored 12 in the first half, when the Magic built a 27-point advantage. Bogans had 14 points and tied his career high with seven assists, while Milicic had 14 points, four blocks and tied his career high with 10 rebounds as the Magic won for only the second time in their last 10 games.

"A win like this helps your mental health a great deal and that goes for everybody, players and coaches alike," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "You can relax a little more and it makes coming to the gym a lot easier."

The Magic needed the contributions from Battie, Bogans and Milicic to overcome another poor performance from Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson. The Magic's two young stars were in foul trouble most of the game and combined for only 11 points.

Hedo Turkoglu scored 17 points and Tony Battie added a season-high 15 as the Orlando Magic stopped a three-game losing streak by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 98-73 Wednesday night.

Keith Bogans had 14 points and tied a career high with seven assists for Orlando, which had lost eight of nine. Darko Milicic also had 14 points and tied his career high with 10 rebounds.

Mo Williams scored 23 points for Milwaukee, which dug itself a 29-point hole early in the game and never could climb out of it. The Bucks, who have lost 13 of their last 15 games, got 12 points from Andrew Bogut and 11 from Charlie Bell.

Orlando dominated from the start, rolling to a 56-29 halftime lead behind 13 points from Bogans and 12 from Battie, neither of whom has been much of an offensive contributor this season.

Bogans was 5-of-9, including three 3-pointers, while Battie was 5-for-5 from the field in the first two periods. The Magic shot 55 percent from the field as a team and limited Milwaukee to just 31.6 percent.

Bogans and Battie had six points apiece in a 14-0 Magic run that gave Orlando a 23-9 lead with just over 3 minutes left in the first quarter. Orlando pushed the lead to 38-18 on a layup by Bogans with 8:48 left in the second period and kept the lead above 20 points until the middle of the third period.

Orlando went scoreless for a seven-minute stretch of the third quarter and Milwaukee ran off 15 straight points. Bell scored the last eight points of the run, including a 3-pointer that made it 61-47 with 4:59 left in the third quarter. The Bucks had three more shots at cutting into the lead, but couldn't connect.

Milicic ended the run with a pair of free throws and Orlando managed to keep a 69-53 lead going into the fourth quarter. Milwaukee never got closer than 13 points in the final period.

LAKERS 111, CELTICS 98

Kobe Bryant returned from his one-game suspension and had 43 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to help the visiting Lakers beat Boston, sending the Celtics to a franchise-record 13th consecutive loss.

Bryant hit a pair of 3-pointers after the Celtics cut the deficit to 63-62 with 8:31 left in the third quarter. He also made a 30-footer at the end of the quarter to give the Lakers a 10-point lead and threw down a reverse dunk in the final two minutes to electrify the fans who weren't already heading for the exits.

He made a 3-pointer on the Lakers' next possession, and when Los Angeles got the ball back the Boston fans, who had once considered the Lakers their biggest rival, were chanting, "Kobe!"

Ryan Gomes scored 23 points, Gerald Green had 22 and Al Jefferson had 10 with 14 rebounds for Boston, which last lost 13 straight in 1996-97.

PISTONS 113, NETS 89

Richard Hamilton scored 24 points and visiting Detroit set a team record by making 27 consecutive free throws.

Chauncey Billups added 18 points, including 12 on perfect shooting from the free throw line, and Chris Webber had 17 as the Pistons won for the fifth time in seven games and snapped the Nets' two-game winning streak. Jason Maxiell had 16 and Antonio McDyess had eight points and 12 rebounds.

Detroit, which shot 54 percent from the field, finished 33-of-38 from the free throw line.

Nets center Mikki Moore scored 18 of his 20 points in the first quarter. Jason Kidd added 15 and Vince Carter, who had at least 33 points in his last three games, finished with 11 on 4-of-15 shooting from the field and 3-of-7 from the free throw line.

RAPTORS 119, WIZARDS 109

Chris Bosh scored 34 points and Jose Calderon had a career-high 24 points and 11 assists to lead host Toronto.

The Raptors shot a season-high 59 percent and scored a franchise-record 43 points in the third quarter.

Bosh even made a buzzer-beating 56-foot jumper after stealing an inbounds pass, giving Toronto a 17-point lead after three quarters.

Bosh made 15 straight field goals after missing his first four shots of the game. The All-Star forward finished 15-for-19 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Calderon's previous career high was 20 points on Nov. 2, 2005 against New Jersey. Toronto's backup point guard finished 10-for-13 from the field.

Gilbert Arenas had 27 points for the Wizards, who also lost in Toronto on Jan. 7.

BOBCATS 104, KNICKS 87

Gerald Wallace scored 17 of his career-high 42 points in the fourth quarter and host Charlotte pulled away from cold-shooting New York.

Wallace hit a 3-pointer, a free throw and had a thunderous dunk in an 8-0 run that put Charlotte ahead 97-82 with 2:44 left. He made 14 of 22 shots and 11 of 17 free throws, besting his previous career-best night by a point.

Raymond Felton added 16 points and 10 assists, including two alley-oop feeds to Wallace, as the Bobcats won for the 12th time in 19 games.

Jamal Crawford scored 28 points for the Knicks, who went more than 11 minutes without a field goal bridging the third and fourth quarters.

The Knicks, who cut a 15-point third-quarter deficit to four, missed 11 straight shots to start the fourth.

HAWKS 115, WARRIORS 94

Joe Johnson, hoping to be picked as a reserve for the All-Star game, scored 33 points to lead host Atlanta, which capped its first winning month in almost three years with its highest point total of the season.

The Hawks won for the fourth time in five games to post their first winning month in coach Mike Woodson's three years. The 8-7 January record is Atlanta's first winning month since a 4-3 mark in April 2004. The Hawks had not won as many as eight games in a month since a 9-7 record in March 2002.

Josh Childress added 23 points and Marvin Williams had 17 for Atlanta.

Former Hawks forward Al Harrington led the Warriors with 21 points. Baron Davis and another former Atlanta starter, Stephen Jackson, each had 17 points.

76ERS 89, HORNETS 78

Andre Iguodala scored 22 points, Samuel Dalembert grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Philadelphia's dominant rebounding effort in Oklahoma City.

Joe Smith added 12 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, and Steven Hunter had 12 points and 10 rebounds as Philadelphia held a 58-40 advantage on the boards.

New Orleans was ineffective on offense in Chris Paul's first game after a monthlong absence with a sprained right ankle. Devin Brown, relegated to the bench after Paul's return, had 17 points to lead the Hornets. Tyson Chandler, David West, Desmond Mason and Rasual Butler all scored 10 points, and Chandler also had 15 rebounds.

Paul had nine points and two assists in 29 minutes.

ROCKETS 112, SONICS 102

Tracy McGrady scored 36 points to match Ray Allen and lead the host Rockets over the Sonics, who tied a franchise record with their 14th consecutive road loss.

MAVERICKS 95, GRIZZLIES 94

Dirk Nowitzki overcame a tough shooting night with 26 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, to lead the visiting Mavericks.

KINGS 100, TIMBERWOLVES 98

Kevin Martin had 28 points and the go-ahead jump shot with 16.6 seconds left, helping struggling Sacramento avoid another road defeat.

Ron Artest had 23 points, Mike Bibby added 14, and Brad Miller had nine points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Kings, who won for only the fourth time in their last 15 games. They improved to just 4-11 on the road against the Western Conference.

Ricky Davis had 24 points for the Timberwolves, who staged a spirited comeback down the stretch but put themselves in a bind with a flat first half. Kevin Garnett had 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Trenton Hassell added 18 points for Minnesota, which was outrebounded 47-38.

ALL-STAR CHALLENGE

Former Gator David Lee of the New York Knicks will play for the sophomore team against the rookies, who will try to snap a four-game losing streak in the Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam at the All-Star weekend.

No. 1 draft pick Andrea Bargnani of Toronto and fellow Rookie of the Year candidates Brandon Roy and Adam Morrison were also on the team of first-year players announced Wednesday.

Point guards Chris Paul, the reigning Rookie of the Year, Utah's Deron Williams and Raymond Felton of Charlotte were picked for the sophomores. New York's David Lee, Indiana's Danny Granger and Monta Ellis of Golden State, all having strong second seasons, will also play.

The game will be played Feb. 16 at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. The sophomores beat the rookies 106-96 last year behind 30 points from Andre Iguodala for their fourth straight victory.

Rounding out the rookie roster are: Jordan Farmar, Randy Foye, Jorge Garbajosa, Rudy Gay, Paul Millsap, and Marcus Williams.

Andrew Bogut, last season's No. 1 draft pick, Andrew Bynum and Luther Head complete the sophomore team.

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