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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Patient Redick leads Magic past Nuggets

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) J.J. Redick was hanging at his house playing video games with Ryan Anderson about a month ago when the topic of playing time arose.

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Magic show: Magic forward Rashard Lewis attempts a shot against the Denver Nuggets during their game on Sunday in Orlando. AP PHOTO

Trying to teach his teammate not to get frustrated, Redick pulled up his game logs on the Internet from his first two NBA seasons to show all the games he didn't play.

"We had quite a chuckle," Redick said. "You see like 17 . . . in a row."

Redick again showed how far he's come, and Anderson might not be far behind.

Redick had 23 points and career highs of eight assists and seven rebounds in place of an injured Vince Carter, helping the Orlando Magic beat the Denver Nuggets 103-97 on Sunday night.

He was 8-for-15 shooting and played a career-high 46 minutes after Carter sprained his right big toe. The Magic also got a big boost with 19 points from Anderson for their 13th win in the last 15 games.

Redick got another lift at halftime, too, when he saw his former Duke team about to clinch a spot in the Final Four. But he pointed to his minutes — and what he did with them — as his proudest moment of the night.

"I think sometimes as a player when you know you're not going to come out, you don't force things and you move the ball and you make the extra pass," Redick said.

Denver simply crumbled.

Carmelo Anthony had 26 points but was held without a field goal in the fourth, and Chauncey Billups finished with 18 points for the struggling Nuggets, losers of four of their past five games.

"I don't think that it's cause for concern," Anthony said. "It's just that it's happening right now, the last nine or 10 games of the season. But I don't think anybody on our team should be concerned about anything."

Spurs 94, Celtics 73

In Boston, Manu Ginobili scored 28 points, and Richard Jefferson had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead San Antonio over the Celtics.

Tim Duncan had eight points and nine rebounds, and DeJuan Blair added seven points and 11 boards for the Spurs, who have won 12 of 16 to move into a three-way share of sixth place with Portland and Oklahoma City in the Western Conference.

Trail Blazers 92, Thunder 87

In Oklahoma City, Andre Miller scored 26 points, Brandon Roy added 20 and Portland won on the road to move into a tie with the Thunder for sixth place in the Western Conference.

The Blazers have won 11 of their last 13 games to strengthen their position in the West playoff race and can clinch a spot in the postseason with three wins in the last eight games.

Cavaliers 97, Kings 90

In Cleveland, LeBron James scored 23 of his 34 points in the second half, Antawn Jamison added 26 and the Cavaliers welcomed back adored center Zydrunas Ilgauskas with a victory over ailing and aching Sacramento.

With Cleveland leading by four, James made a crucial 3-pointer with 2:02 left and then had a rebound and steal to help seal it. The Cavs went 10-0 against the Pacific Division this season.

Bucks 108, Grizzlies 103 (OT)

In Milwaukee, John Salmons scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and the Bucks rallied to avoid a third straight loss.

Rookie Brandon Jennings added 29 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and Andrew Bogut had 18 points and 11 rebounds in his return after missing a game with a sore back.

Zach Randolph led Memphis with 31 points and 15 rebounds.

Hawks 94, Pacers 84

In Atlanta, Josh Smith had 21 points and 13 rebounds, Al Horford added 18 points and 12 boards, and the Hawks snapped Indiana's five-game winning streak.

Heat 97, Raptors 94

In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, and the Heat rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Toronto.

Bulls 110, Pistons 103

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Flip Murray scored 23 points, Derrick Rose added 19 points and nine assists, and Chicago beat hapless Detroit.

Suns 111, Timberwolves 105

In Minneapolis, Amare Stoudemire had 30 points and 17 rebounds, helping Phoenix hold off the Timberwolves, who matched a franchise record with their 16th loss in a row.

Warriors 121, Clippers 103

In Los Angeles, rookie Reggie Williams scored 25 points in his second NBA start and Golden State beat the Clippers.

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