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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Revitalized Blazers hold off Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic pulled off one of the most amazing feats of the NBA season when they rallied from 24 points down to beat Miami last week.

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Going up strong: Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook goes up for a shot against Memphis in the first half on Monday night. The Grizzlies beat the Thunder 107-101. AP PHOTO

But Monday night, winning without their biggest star proved to be a little too much opposite a team that's fighting for its playoff life down the stretch.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points, Andre Miller added 15 and the Portland Trail Blazers held on to beat the Magic, who were without the suspended Dwight Howard, 89-85 on Monday night.

Portland won its third straight, and 10th in 13 games. The Blazers also swept the two-game season series with Orlando.

Marcus Camby was held scoreless, but had 10 rebounds to help Portland fend off a late rally by the Magic.

Orlando lost its second consecutive game and dropped to 1-2 this season without Howard, who sat out while serving a one-game suspension after picking up his 16th technical foul Friday.

"It's tough because we didn't know who they were going to start," said Aldridge, whose team moved within a half-game in the win column of idle Denver for the fifth spot in the Western Conference.

Jason Richardson led the Magic with 22 points, followed by 13 apiece from Ryan Anderson and Hedo Turkoglu.

Rockets 123, Kings 101

In Sacramento, Chad Budinger scored 20 points and Kyle Lowry had 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for Houston, which defeated the hosts to give coach Rick Adelman his 935th win as an NBA coach.

The victory tied Adelman with Dick Motta for 10th on the career coaching victories list. Among the top 10 in wins, only Phil Jackson and Red Auerbach have better winning percentages than Adelman (.605, 935-609).

"It means a lot to me," said Adelman, who coached in Sacramento for eight years. "If you take a look at all those names up there (on the top-10 list), they are some of the best coaches."

Knicks 131, Jazz 109

In New York, Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and Amare Stoudemire added 31 as the Knicks beat Utah.

Anthony and Stoudemire combined to make 24 of 31 shots, then were on the bench for the entire final period. Stoudemire departed long before the third even ended, shooting 12-of-15 in just 24 minutes, and Anthony soon joined him after his first 30-point game with New York.

Bulls 85, Hornets 77

In Chicago, Derrick Rose scored 24 points as the Bulls beat New Orleans with Hornets star Chris Paul sidelined by a concussion.

Clippers 92, Bobcats 87

In Charlotte, Blake Griffin had 17 points and 15 rebounds as Los Angeles edged the hosts.

Grizzlies 107, Thunder 101

In Memphis, Mike Conley and Tony Allen each scored 20 points, and Marc Gasol added 18 as the Grizzlies withstood a second-half rally to defeat Oklahoma City.

Russell Westbrook had 27 points and seven assists for the Thunder.

Mavericks 108, T-Wolves 105

In Minneapolis, star Dirk Nowitzki overcame foul trouble to score 25 points in 27 minutes and help Dallas outlast the Timberwolves.

Kevin Love had 23 points and 17 rebounds for Minnesota. He posted his 51st double-double in a row, which is equal with Moses Malone in 1978-79 for the longest streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976.

Smith honored

GREENSBORO , N.C. (AP) Duke guard Nolan Smith is the only unanimous selection to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference basketball team.

The all-ACC teams were announced Monday following a vote of 75 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Smith was joined by Duke teammate Kyle Singler, Maryland's Jordan Williams, Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney and Boston College's Reggie Jackson. Smith leads the ACC with an average of 21.6 points and is second in assists.



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