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Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010

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Hand-to-hand combat: Orlando's Dwight Howard (right) is fouled by Washington's John Wall on Thursday. AP PHOTO

Magic limber up with rout

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The warmup acts are over.

A perfect preseason? Gone. An opening-night blowout? Forgotten. For the Orlando Magic, LeBron James and the new-look Miami Heat await.

Dwight Howard had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lift the Magic to an easy 112-83 victory over the Washington Wizards in the debut of No. 1 pick John Wall on Thursday night, giving the NBA's newest arena a grand opening and setting the stage for a sizzling Sunshine State series showdown.

After months of talk, Superman and all his sidekicks finally have a chance to make a real statement.

Some couldn't even wait another night.

"Honestly, I'm sick of listening every hour about Miami — Miami that, how great they are, how big they are, what kind of record they're gonna have," said backup center Marcin Gortat, who had eight points and seven rebounds. "I get every day interviews back in Poland, people calling me about Miami, Miami, what do you think about Miami? What do you think about Big Three? I'm going to say the same thing: they are a great team, they have three superstars, they've got a couple good role players on the team.

"They're looking good on the paper, but they've got to start winning."

One thing is for sure: Orlando has looked real good.

Vince Carter had 18 points and Jameer Nelson scored 16 to help the Magic cruise to another blowout victory after a perfect preseason. And it didn't seem to matter what the league's most-anticipated rookie did.

Wall had 14 points and nine assists — much of it in cleanup duty — on 6-for-19 shooting in his first meaningful professional game. He showed flashes of stardom but became just another spectator on an emotional night in Orlando.

"It was tough," Wall said. "It's really telling me what I need to work on, but I already know. But as a team aspect, we have a lot we need to work on."

Suns 110, Jazz 94

In Salt Lake City, Hakim Warrick and Steve Nash scored 18 points apiece to help Phoenix beat the Jazz.

The Suns (1-1) led by as many as 18 points against a Utah team that played with more intensity than during its 22-point season-opening loss at Denver on Wednesday. But in the end the Jazz still had trouble finding the basket.

Al Jefferson scored 20 points to lead Utah (0-2).

Iverson agrees to deal

NEW YORK (AP) Allen Iverson has agreed in principle to a $4 million, two-year contract with the Turkish professional team Besiktas.

Iverson is expected to officially sign with the club this weekend and will begin his overseas career the week of Nov. 8. His management team put out a release Thursday night.

Iverson and Besiktas officials were set to hold a news conference Friday in New York.

The 2001 NBA MVP has been out of work since leaving the Philadelphia 76ers in March to deal with family issues. Moore said not a single NBA team contacted Iverson in the off-season.

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