Magic cast spell over Cavs

Dwight Howard leads the charge for Orlando with 23 points.


Sasha Pavlovic grabs a rebound for Cleveland [AFP]

Dwight Howard notched 23 points and 13 rebounds, Rashard Lewis scored 21 and the Orlando Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-90 in the National Basketball Association.

LeBron James had 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Cleveland.

Delonte West had 16 points and Sasha Pavlovic added 14.

The Magic made their mark from long range, including five 3-pointers in a four-minute stretch of the third quarter.

Orlando was 14-for-32 on 3s, compared with 6-for-19 for the Cavaliers, and got 20 points off 15 Cleveland turnovers in its fifth straight win.

Hawks 105, Wizards 96

At Washington, Mike Bibby scored 23 points and Joe Johnson added 18 points and 10 assists to lead Atlanta to its third straight win and move them one-half game ahead of idle New Jersey for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Atlanta rookie center Al Horford added 12 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high six assists.

Washington, which had its three-game winning streak end, had won 12 of 15 games against the Hawks. Antawn Jamison led the Wizards with 25 points.

Pacers 110, Knicks 98

At Indianapolis, Mike Dunleavy tied his career high with 36 points, Danny Granger had 26 points and 11 rebounds, and Troy Murphy added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Zach Randolph had 21 points and 14 rebounds for New York, which has lost nine of 10.

Celtics 93, Spurs 91

At San Antonio, Paul Pierce scored 22 points, Kevin Garnett added 21 and Boston rallied for a win.

Rajon Rondo added 20 points and Sam Cassell 17. He gave Boston its first lead of the fourth quarter with 46 seconds left when he hit a 3-pointer to make it 89-87.

Manu Ginobili had 32 points to lead San Antonio, which lost its season-high fourth straight. Tony Parker added 17.

Mike Conley goes to the hoop for
Memphis [AFP]

Grizzlies 98, Bobcats 80

At Memphis, Tennessee, Mike Miller had 18 points and 13 rebounds, helping Memphis snap a four-game losing streak.

Juan Carlos Navarro led Memphis with 21 points and Darko Milicic added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Derek Anderson had a season-high 17 points for Charlotte, whose starters scored only 36 points.

Hornets 108, Bulls 97

At New Orleans, Chris Paul had game highs of 37 points and 13 assists for New Orleans, which outscored Chicago 33-13 in the fourth quarter.

Paul made an open 3-pointer with 2:47 left to tie it 96-all.

After a steal by Jannero Pargo on the next possession, Paul found Tyson Chandler for a thundering alley-oop dunk to give the Hornets their first lead since halftime.

Bonzi Wells, who scored 19 points, added two free throws and a dunk in the next two possessions to seal the Hornets’ victory.

Ben Gordon scored 31 points for Chicago and Drew Gooden had 23 points and 12 rebounds.

Timberwolves 99, Clippers 90

At Minneapolis, Al Jefferson had his 48th double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds and Ryan Gomes scored 19 points for Minnesota.

Jefferson trails only Orlando’s Dwight Howard, who recorded his 60th double-double on Monday, among NBA leaders in that category.

Corey Maggette had 34 points for Los Angeles, which concluded a five-game road trip by losing its fourth straight.

Jazz 96, Raptors 79

At Salt Lake City, Deron Williams scored 21 points and his backup, Ronnie Price, had 13 points and five assists as Utah tied a franchise record with its 19th straight home victory.

With the game tied at 65, Price led the Jazz on a 24-4 run to start the fourth quarter.

He had two driving layups, three assists and some pesky defense on Toronto’s T.J. Ford.

Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Jazz matched the 19-game home winning streak they had from Jan. 19-March 29, 1996.

Jose Calderon had 16 points to lead the Raptors, who extended a season-long losing skid to five games.

Source: News Agencies

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