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Monday, Jan. 10, 2011

Magic beat Rockets, extend winning run

DALLAS (AP) Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic woke up from a sluggish first half in time to stretch the NBA's longest current winning streak.

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Bull rush: Bulls forward Carlos Boozer is fouled by Celtics guard Rajon Rondo as he goes up for a shot on Saturday in Chicago. AP PHOTO

Howard had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Magic won their ninth straight with a 117-107 victory over the injury-depleted Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

Jason Richardson scored 20 points and Jameer Nelson had 16 for Orlando, which rallied from a 16-point, first-half deficit.

"We just started playing hard," Howard said of his team's 37-26 fourth-quarter surge. "We're trying to be consistent with the way we play. We've got to learn our lesson, that we can't expect to play only half the game."

Hedo Turkoglu contributed 13 points and a career-high 17 assists, and Gilbert Arenas had 14 points for the Magic.

DeShawn Stevenson scored a season-high 24 points for the Mavericks, who were without top scorer Dirk Nowitzki for his career-high seventh straight game with a sprained right knee.

Shawn Marion had 18 points and Jason Terry added 16 points and nine assists for Dallas, 2-5 during Nowitzki's absence.

Ryan Anderson's 3-pointer with 9:54 left gave Orlando the lead for good at 88-85, and the Magic used a 26-3 run capped by Turkoglu's 20-footer with 4:26 remaining for a 108-88 advantage.

Orlando was on the second leg of a back-to-back, having beaten the Houston Rockets 110-95 at home on Friday night. The Magic didn't get to their hotel until early Saturday morning, and were outscored 28-19 in the first quarter.

"We got some energy," Richardson said. "We woke up, got our defense going and that fed our offense."

Bulls 90, Celtics 79

In Chicago, Derrick Rose scored 36 points, Carlos Boozer added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bulls cooled off Boston.

Rose set career highs for free throws made and attempted with a 15-for-19 performance from the line, driving by Rajon Rondo over and over again before usually drawing contact from one or more of Boston's big men. Rondo and Jermaine O'Neal each finished the game with five fouls and Shaquille O'Neal had four.

Thunder 109, Grizzlies 100

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 40 points, Russell Westbrook added 22 points and 11 assists, and the Thunder avenged a loss at Memphis earlier this week.

Durant eclipsed 40 points for the second time in two weeks, hitting a pair of free throws and then a jumper from the left elbow after Memphis had pulled within two in the final 2 minutes.

Jazz 103, Rockets 99 (OT)

In Houston, Paul Millsap scored 12 of his 27 points in overtime and Utah rallied from another double-digit deficit in a victory over the slumping Rockets.

Pistons 112, 76ers 109 (OT)

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Austin Daye made a tying 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in regulation and Detroit went on to beat Philadelphia in overtime.

Bobcats 104, Wizards 89

In Charlotte, Stephen Jackson scored 21 points, D.J. Augustin added 20 and Gerald Henderson had a career-best night as the Bobcats kept Washington winless on the road.

Hawks 108, Pacers 93

In Atlanta, Josh Smith scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and Joe Johnson added 24 points.

Bucks 115, Nets 92

In Newark, N.J., Chris Douglas-Roberts celebrated his birthday by scoring 24 points against his former teammates to lead Milwaukee over New Jersey.

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