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Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

Rowdy Magic rough up slumping Pistons

ORLANDO (AP) Ben Gordon emerged in the visiting locker room with a bandage around his left eye concealing three stitches.

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Going all out: New Jersey's Yi Jianlian (right) dives for a loose ball with Miami's Joel Anthony on Wednesday night. The Heat beat the Nets 87-74. AP PHOTO

He can thank Dwight Howard, J.J. Redick and the suddenly fighting Orlando Magic.

Howard had a season-high 33 points and added 17 rebounds, helping the Magic beat the Detroit Pistons 116-91 on Wednesday night with some physical play in the paint.

"When there's times on the court when you got to be physical like that, guys don't back down on any challenge," Howard said. "That's what we have to do. We can't back down from anybody."

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year added seven blocks in a dominating performance that gave Orlando its 11th win in the last 14 games.

"You can't play a much better basketball game than he did tonight," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Richard Hamilton had 36 points, and Tayshaun Prince scored 13 for the Pistons, who had little help late with Gordon ejected.

Gordon was given a double-technical foul and ejected about halfway through the fourth quarter, extending his arm and hitting Redick near the face before arguing with the official.

It was unclear when Gordon, who did not speak with reporters after the game, sustained the cut.

"I thought we allowed the refs to get to us on a couple of calls in the fourth quarter," Hamilton said. "We had our chances, but they played well."

It was one of the few times this year when Orlando — tagged as a finesse, 3-point shooting team — showed signs it can be more physical.

"I like that our team is starting to be physical back," said Matt Barnes, who was called for a flagrant-one foul in the third quarter after he collided at full-speed as Jonas Jerebko tried to set a screen. "Early in the season, teams were trying to out tough us and out punk us and stuff like that. I can slowly see it changing."

Bulls 115, Knicks 109

In New York, Derrick Rose scored 27 points, Luol Deng added 23, and Chicago beat the Knicks and completed a sweep of a home-and-home series.

Mavericks 107, Suns 97

In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points, and newcomer Caron Butler started a key third-quarter run.

Rockets 127, Bucks 99

In Milwaukee, Trevor Ariza hit a career-high six 3-pointers, scoring 22 points, and Rockets hit 16 shots from beyond the arc.

Spurs 90, Pacers 87

In Indianapolis, Tony Parker scored 28 points for San Antonio after missing the final game before the All-Star break because of a strained left hip flexor.

Heat 87, Nets 84

In East Rutherford, N.J., Michael Beasley had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Miami overcame the early loss of All-Star MVP Dwyane Wade to beat the Nets for its season-high fourth straight victory.

Grizzlies 109, Raptors 102 (OT)

In Toronto, Rudy Gay scored eight of his 29 points in overtime to help Memphis snap a five-game losing streak.

Wizards 108, Timberwovles 99

In Washington, Andray Blatche, a last-minute substitution for Antawn Jamison, scored a career-high 33 points and had 13 rebounds for the Wizards.

Jazz 98, Hornets 90

In New Orleans, Paul Millsap scored 24 points on 11 of 13 shooting, and Carlos Boozer scored six of his 16 points in the last 3:06 for Utah.

Boozer added 15 rebounds, and Deron Williams had 16 points and 10 assists for the Jazz. Rookie Darren Collison had 24 points and nine assists for New Orleans.

Warriors 130, Kings 98

In Oakland, C.J. Watson scored a career-high 40 points, and Stephen Curry had a career-best 15 assists for Golden State.

Hawks 110, Clippers 92

In Los Angeles, Al Horford scored a career-high 31 points in his 200th NBA game and Atlanta handed the Clippers their sixth straight loss.

Cavs land Jamison

WASHINGTON (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Antawn Jamison on Wednesday night, the forward they hope will fit in between LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal on a championship front line.

Jamison goes to Cleveland from the Washington Wizards in a three-team trade that sent Drew Gooden to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Washington received Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, a 2010 first-round draft pick and the rights to Emir Preldzic, who was selected in the second round of last year's draft from Cleveland.

The Wizards also received forward Al Thornton from Los Angeles.

Cleveland gets guard Sebastian Telfair from the Clippers.

Jamison, who had been with the Wizards since 2004, is averaging 20.5 points this season. He was not in uniform for Washington's game with Minnesota on Wednesday.

"Antawn Jamison has been the embodiment of leadership on and off the court for this franchise for 5 1/2 seasons and we thank him for all he has done for the Wizards and the city of Washington," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. "Unfortunately, our on-court results have not met our expectations and we felt it was necessary to make changes to improve our future and our financial flexibility. This trade accomplished both of those objectives."



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