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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Magic finally claim win in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) Dwight Howard was 15 years old the last time the Orlando Magic won in Phoenix. It was the only NBA city where he had not walked away a winner.

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Coming through: Warriors guard Monta Ellis tries to find a way past Timberwolves guard Wayne Ellington on Sunday in Oakland. The Warriors won 100-77. AP PHOTO

Until Sunday — and it wasn't even close.

Howard had 26 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots, then watched the fourth quarter from the bench as the Orlando Magic completed a 111-88 rout of the Suns for their first victory in Phoenix in nine seasons.

"We hadn't won here since I have been in the NBA, so that was our whole focus," Howard said, "to get a good win."

With a hook shot over Robin Lopez in the third quarter, Howard topped 10,000 career points. Big deal, he said afterward.

"I never look at the points," Howard said. "Rebounds and blocks are what win games for me."

Aaron Brooks, starting in place of injured Steve Nash, had 19 points and 10 assists, but the Suns were blown out at home for the second game in a row.

Six other Magic players reached double figures, led by Brandon Bass with 17 and Gilbert Arenas with 16, and Orlando's regulars got plenty of rest heading into Monday night's game against the Lakers in Los Angeles.

Nash missed the game with "pelvic instability." Coach Alvin Gentry said his star point guard probably also will miss Monday night's game at Houston.

"We played well, but they are a totally different team without Steve Nash," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Aaron Brooks was great today. He scored a lot but Steve Nash sets everybody else up, gets everybody else playing. We have been fortunate we have played them twice without Steve Nash and it is a whole different ball game."

Celtics 87, Bucks 56

In Boston, Ray Allen scored 17 points in just three quarters, Paul Pierce added 14 and the Celtics set a franchise record for fewest points allowed in the shot clock era.

It was the lowest score against the Celtics since they beat the Milwaukee Hawks 62-57 at Providence, R.I., on Feb. 27, 1955.

Pacers 106, Knicks 93

In New York, Tyler Hansbrough scored a career-high 29 points, Dahntay Jones added 18 in place of leading scorer Danny Granger, and Indiana snapped a six-game losing streak.

Warriors 100, Timberwolves 77

In Oakland, Stephen Curry had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Golden State ended Kevin Love's consecutive double-doubles streak at 53 games.

Thunder 95, Cavaliers 75

In Cleveland, Russell Westbrook scored 12 straight points during a 5-minute stretch of the third quarter to awaken his listless Oklahoma City teammates.

Bobcats 95, Raptors 90

In Toronto, D.J. Augustin scored 23 points and Gerald Henderson had 18 to help Charlotte snap a five-game road losing streak.

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