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NBA roundup: Howard, Magic dominate Knicks again

Published: Thursday, March 24 2011 12:31 a.m. MDT

New York Yankees' Bernie Williams performs the national anthem before the New York Knicks play the Orlando Magic in an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, in New York.

Frank Franklin II, Associated Press

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NEW YORK — Dwight Howard had 33 points and 11 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic won their fourth straight and sent the New York Knicks tumbling below .500 with a 111-99 victory Wednesday night.

Jameer Nelson added 19 points, Hedo Turkoglu had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Brandon Bass chipped in 15 points for the Magic, who held Amare Stoudemire to his worst game this season — 13 points on 6-of-20 shooting — and beat the Knicks for the sixth straight time and 13th in the last 15.

Carmelo Anthony had 24 points for the Knicks (35-36), who lost for the seventh time in eight games and are below .500 for the first time since they were 8-9 after losing to Atlanta on Nov. 27.

Howard made 11-of-15 shots and kept New York from getting close down the stretch with some surprisingly strong foul shooting, finishing 11-for-13.

HEAT 100, PISTONS 94: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and Chris Bosh added 23 to help Miami rally past Detroit. LeBron James had 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Miami, which has won six of seven following a five-game losing streak.

Richard Hamilton led Detroit with 27 points.

PACERS 111, BOBCATS 88: At Charlotte, N.C., Danny Granger scored 33 points and Indiana created some breathing room over one of its closest competitors for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.

Tyler Hansbrough added 24 points and Roy Hibbert had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Pacers, who moved three games ahead of Charlotte for eighth place by completing a four-game season sweep.

ROCKETS 131, WARRIORS 112: At Houston, Kevin Martin scored 34 points, Chuck Hayes got his first career triple-double and Houston won its fifth straight.Hayes had 14 rebounds, 13 points and 11 assists for the Rockets, who remained two games behind Memphis for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Dorell Wright had 34 points for the Warriors.

76ERS 105, HAWKS 100: At Philadelphia, Lou Williams scored 17 points, Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young each had 16, and Philadelphia rallied with a 25-6 run to open the fourth quarter.

Josh Smith had 33 points and 12 rebounds for the slumping Hawks.

GRIZZLIES 90, CELTICS 87: At Boston, Marc Gasol scored 11 points with 11 rebounds and Zach Randolph had 13 points and eight rebounds as Memphis came away with a big road win.

The victory helped Memphis (40-32) solidify its hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. The Grizzlies (40-32) are just one-half game behind seventh-place New Orleans.

KINGS 97, BUCKS 90: At Milwaukee, Marcus Thornton scored 27 points, Beno Udrih added 25 and Sacramento damaged the Bucks' fading playoff hopes. Milwaukee (28-42) fell three games behind Indiana for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference with 12 left to play.

NETS 98, CAVALIERS 94 (OT): At Cleveland, Kris Humphries grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds and made several big plays in overtime, leading New Jersey to its fifth road win in a matchup of two bad teams winding down miserable seasons.

Humphries, Brook Lopez and Sasha Vujacic scored 18 apiece for New Jersey, which improved to 5-29 on the road.

SUNS 114, RAPTORS 106: At Phoenix, Aaron Brooks energized a tired, ailing Phoenix team with 25 points and the Suns rallied from a 13-point third-quarter deficit a night after falling in triple overtime to the L.A. Lakers.

NUGGETS 115, SPURS 112: At Denver, Al Harrington had 27 points off the bench and the Nuggets staged a late flurry to nudge San Antonio, which was playing without Tim Duncan. Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith each had 18 for Denver. Gary Neal scored 25 for the Spurs.

CLIPPERS 127, WIZARDS 119 (2OT): Blake Griffin posted his first career triple-double and Eric Gordon scored 32 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers survive double-overtime.

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