NBA roundup: Howard-less Magic fall to Blazers; Bulls top Hornets

Published: Monday, March 7 2011 11:13 p.m. MST

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ORLANDO, Fla. — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points, Andre Miller added 15 and the Portland Trail Blazers held on to beat the Orlando Magic, who were without the suspended Dwight Howard.

Portland won its third straight, and 10th in 13 games. The Blazers also swept the two-game season series with Orlando.

Marcus Camby was held scoreless, but had 10 rebounds to help the Blazers fend off a late rally by the Magic.

Orlando lost its second consecutive game and dropped to 1-2 this season without Howard, who sat out while serving a one-game suspension after picking up his 16th technical foul Friday. Jason Richardson led Orlando with 22 points.

BULLS 85, HORNETS 77: At Chicago, Derrick Rose scored 24 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat New Orleans with Hornets star Chris Paul sidelined by a concussion.

The four-time All-Star watched from the sideline after colliding with Cleveland's Ramon Sessions in Sunday's win and remains day to day. Without him, the Hornets put up a fight against the Central division leaders but were shut out over the final 3:15.

Coming off wins at Orlando and Miami, the Bulls couldn't exhale until Rose hit two free throws with 35 seconds remaining. That made it 83-77 and sent them to their 10th win in 12 games.

Carlos Boozer added 19 points and nine rebounds, and Ronnie Brewer and Luol Deng scored 10.

Jarrett Jack, starting in Paul's place, led the Hornets with 23 points.

CLIPPERS 92, BOBCATS 87: At Charlotte, N.C., Blake Griffin had 17 points and 15 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers had more offensive options than Charlotte in a victory over the Bobcats that matched teams missing their leading scorers.

With Eric Gordon sidelined again with more wrist problems, the Clippers got 17 points from Mo Williams, and 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench from Chris Kaman in their third straight victory.

Charlotte fell to 1-5 since trading Gerald Wallace and lost their second straight since Stephen Jackson was sidelined with a strained hamstring.

Gerald Henderson scored 20 points and Boris Diaw added 15 of his 19 points in the first half for the Bobcats, who have dropped a season-high five straight.

GRIZZLIES 107, THUNDER 101: At Memphis, Tenn., Mike Conley and Tony Allen each scored 20 points, and Marc Gasol added 18 as the Memphis Grizzlies withstood a second-half rally and defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Zach Randolph added 17 points for Memphis, including four free throws in the closing seconds, as the Grizzlies maintained their hold on the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Russell Westbrook had 27 points and seven assists for Oklahoma City, which saw its three-game winning streak snapped.

MAVERICKS 108, TIMBERWOLVES 105: At Minneapolis, Dirk Nowitzki overcame foul trouble to score 25 points in 27 minutes, helping the Dallas Mavericks outlast the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Nowitzki picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, and Brian Cardinal stepped in to score a season-high 12 points for the Mavericks in their 19th win in 21 games.

Kevin Love had 23 points and 17 rebounds for Minnesota. He posted his 51st double-double in a row, which is tied with Moses Malone in 1978-79 for the longest streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976.

Michael Beasley added 20 points and nine rebounds for the worst team in the Western Conference, who gave the powerful Mavericks all they could handle.

ROCKETS 123, KINGS 101: At Sacramento, Calif., Kyle Lowry had 19 points along with seven rebounds and eight assists, while Chase Budinger scored 20 as Houston beat Sacramento.

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