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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Magic bash Bulls for 7th straight victory

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Dwight Howard insists he didn't intend to hurt Derrick Rose. He was just protecting the basket.

So when Rose drove the lane hard and tried to finish over the towering center for the second time this season, the man who goes by "Superman" again delivered on his nickname.

The Man of Steel.

"I think if you hit something that doesn't move," Howard said, "you usually end up falling."

Howard went up. Rose went down. Two teams continued to head in opposite directions.

Vince Carter had 23 points to help the Orlando Magic pull away early and cruise past the injured Bulls, 111-82 on Thursday night for a season-high seventh straight win.

Matt Barnes added 14 points, and reserve Brandon Bass scored 13 in another blowout victory against a struggling team for the Magic.

"That's what we should've done," Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said. "They started the game a little undermanned, and then obviously when Rose went down, they were very undermanned."

Rose sprained his left wrist in the midair collision with Howard in the first quarter and didn't return for Chicago, the latest setback in a season that's quickly going sour.

Taj Gibson and Hakim Warrick had 12 points apiece, not nearly enough to prevent Chicago's sixth consecutive loss.

"We've got to find a way to get healthy and weather the storm," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said. "But there's no question we are a battered bunch right now."

Hawks 105, Wizards 99

In Washington, Jamal Crawford scored 29 points to help Atlanta run past the Wizards.

Joe Johnson and Al Horford each scored 18 points in the Hawks' first trip to the nation's capital this season for the makeup of a game that was postponed Feb. 6 due to a blizzard.

Andray Blatche had 30 points and 10 rebounds for Washington.

Blazers 110, Warriors 105

In Oakland, Calif., Brandon Roy scored 41 points, Andre Miller added 15 points and seven assists and Portland overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Golden State.

Building in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) Officials broke ground Thursday on a much-delayed 8.9-hectare development project that will bring the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn.

As protesters chanted and staged a mock funeral for the "soul" of Brooklyn, supporters enjoyed a lavish spread catered by developer Bruce Ratner.

"Today is a great day for Brooklyn and for the soul of Brooklyn, which is very much alive," said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the biggest cheerleader of the Atlantic Yards project since it was announced in 2003.

Markowitz joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. David Paterson and hundreds of others at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the $4.9 billion project, which has been delayed by lawsuits filed by residents fighting the use of eminent domain.

Supporters say Atlantic Yards will provide jobs and economic development.

"As the buildings rise on Atlantic Yards, the joblessness rate will fall right here in Brooklyn," Paterson said, claiming the project would create 16,000 construction jobs and 5,500 permanent jobs.

The 18,000-seat arena is to open in 2012, and construction will begin on the first of 16 residential and office buildings in 2011.

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