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ORLANDO, Fla. » Steve Nash was in the building, so it was understandable that a point guard was racking up assists. Except Nash was in a suit, sidelined with a sore groin.

Jameer Nelson certainly took advantage.

Nelson had 15 points and a season-high 12 assists, and the Orlando Magic easily handled a Phoenix Suns team playing without Nash in a 105-89 win last night.

"Shoot. I’m a scorer," Nelson said, chuckling at his unusually high assists, one shy of his career high. Instead, he helped others get the points.

Dwight Howard added 20 points and 12 rebounds, Quentin Richardson scored 15 and every Magic starter scored in double digits.

"Everything on that team revolves around Steve Nash, so they didn’t have him tonight and they struggled," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Pacers 107, Clippers 80

Danny Granger scored 22 points and Indiana beat Los Angeles.

Trail Blazers 86, Nuggets 83

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points and Wesley Matthews, playing for injured Brandon Roy (knee), added 20.

 

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division

  W L Pct GB
Boston 9 2 .818
New Jersey 4 7 .364 5
New York 4 8 .333 5 1/2
Toronto 3 9 .250 6 1/2
Philadelphia 2 10 .167 7 1/2

 

Southeast Division

  W L Pct GB
Orlando 8 3 .727
Atlanta 8 4 .667 1/2
Miami 7 4 .636 1
Charlotte 4 7 .364 4
Washington 3 7 .300 4 1/2

 

Central Division

  W L Pct GB
Chicago 6 4 .600
Cleveland 5 5 .500 1
Indiana 5 5 .500 1
Milwaukee 5 6 .455 1 1/2
Detroit 4 8 .333 3

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Southwest Division

  W L Pct GB
New Orleans 9 1 .900
San Antonio 9 1 .900
Dallas 7 3 .700 2
Memphis 4 8 .333 6
Houston 3 8 .273 6 1/2

 

Northwest Division

  W L Pct GB
Utah 8 4 .667
Oklahoma City 7 4 .636 1/2
Portland 8 5 .615 1/2
Denver 6 6 .500 2
Minnesota 4 9 .308 4 1/2

 

Pacific Division

  W L Pct GB
L.A. Lakers 10 2 .833
Golden State 7 4 .636 2 1/2
Phoenix 6 6 .500 4
Sacramento 3 7 .300 6
L.A. Clippers 1 12 .077 9 1/2

 

YESTERDAY

Indiana 107, L.A. Clippers 80

Orlando 105, Phoenix 89

Portland 86, Denver 83

TODAY

Oklahoma City at Boston, 2 p.m.

Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 2 p.m.

Houston at Toronto, 2 p.m.

Memphis at Washington, 2 p.m.

Charlotte at Miami, 2:30 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Minnesota, 3 p.m.

Cleveland at New Orleans, 3 p.m.

San Antonio at Utah, 4 p.m.

Chicago at Dallas, 4:30 p.m.

New Jersey at Sacramento, 5 p.m.

New York at Golden State, 5:30 p.m.

 

MAGIC 105, SUNS 89

PHOENIX

Hill 8-9 5-6 21, Turkoglu 0-8 2-2 2, Frye 4-8 0-0 10, Dragic 4-9 2-5 10, J.Richardson 3-7 0-2 7, Warrick 1-5 3-4 5, Dudley 3-5 5-5 11, Childress 2-5 3-3 7, Siler 1-2 0-0 2, Barron 0-1 2-4 2, Clark 5-9 2-2 12. Totals 31-68 24-33 89.

ORLANDO

Q.Richardson 6-10 0-0 15, Lewis 6-9 0-0 13, Howard 8-9 4-8 20, Nelson 6-8 1-1 15, Carter 5-8 1-4 13, Pietrus 4-8 0-0 10, Bass 1-5 3-4 5, Duhon 1-4 0-0 2, Gortat 1-6 2-2 4, Anderson 1-5 4-4 6, Allen 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 40-74 15-23 105.

Phoenix 15 19 25 30 89
Orlando 31 31 29 14 105

3-Point Goals–Phoenix 3-18 (Frye 2-5, J.Richardson 1-3, Warrick 0-1, Dudley 0-1, Dragic 0-3, Turkoglu 0-5), Orlando 10-25 (Q.Richardson 3-7, Nelson 2-3, Carter 2-4, Pietrus 2-5, Lewis 1-2, Anderson 0-2, Duhon 0-2). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Phoenix 41 (Clark, Frye 6), Orlando 47 (Howard 12). Assists–Phoenix 15 (Dragic 4), Orlando 25 (Nelson 12). Total Fouls–Phoenix 23, Orlando 27. Technicals–Orlando defensive three second 2. A–18,846 (18,500).

 

PACERS 107, CLIPPERS 80

L.A. CLIPPERS

Aminu 3-9 6-8 12, Griffin 6-13 0-3 12, Jordan 0-7 0-0 0, Bledsoe 3-5 2-2 8, Gordon 5-17 8-12 19, Foye 2-6 0-0 4, Gomes 0-4 2-2 2, Smith 2-5 0-0 4, Collins 0-2 0-0 0, Butler 1-3 0-0 2, Cook 3-6 4-4 11, Warren 2-4 2-2 6. Totals 27-81 24-33 80.

INDIANA

Granger 6-14 6-7 22, McRoberts 1-4 1-2 3, Hibbert 9-13 0-0 18, Ford 4-11 3-4 11, Rush 4-7 2-2 14, George 1-4 1-1 3, Hansbrough 3-4 1-2 7, Price 6-10 0-0 14, Foster 1-1 0-0 2, Posey 4-7 0-0 12, D.Jones 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 39-77 15-20 107.

L.A. Clippers 25 18 16 21 80
Indiana 22 31 27 27 107

3-Point Goals–L.A. Clippers 2-9 (Cook 1-1, Gordon 1-3, Foye 0-1, Warren 0-1, Butler 0-1, Gomes 0-2), Indiana 14-26 (Rush 4-5, Granger 4-6, Posey 4-7, Price 2-6, George 0-1, Ford 0-1). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–L.A. Clippers 50 (Griffin, Aminu, Bledsoe 8), Indiana 56 (Hibbert, Hansbrough 8). Assists–L.A. Clippers 10 (Bledsoe 5), Indiana 24 (Price 6). Total Fouls–L.A. Clippers 18, Indiana 25. Technicals–L.A. Clippers defensive three second 2. A–12,459 (18,165).

 

TRAIL BLAZERS 86, NUGGETS 83

DENVER

Anthony 5-15 8-10 18, S.Williams 1-1 0-0 2, Nene 3-8 6-7 12, Billups 3-8 4-4 13, Afflalo 5-11 2-2 16, Harrington 6-11 2-2 17, Forbes 2-7 0-1 4, Lawson 0-4 1-2 1, Ely 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-65 23-28 83.

PORTLAND

Batum 5-14 2-4 14, Aldridge 9-20 6-8 24, Camby 2-10 1-2 5, Miller 8-15 0-0 16, Matthews 8-18 1-4 20, Fernandez 2-6 0-2 6, Cunningham 0-2 1-2 1, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-85 11-22 86.

Denver 28 17 26 12 83
Portland 16 27 26 17 86

3-Point Goals–Denver 10-26 (Afflalo 4-8, Harrington 3-7, Billups 3-7, Lawson 0-1, Anthony 0-1, Forbes 0-2), Portland 7-22 (Matthews 3-8, Fernandez 2-6, Batum 2-7, Miller 0-1). Fouled Out–Anthony. Rebounds–Denver 43 (Afflalo 11), Portland 64 (Camby 14). Assists–Denver 18 (Billups, Lawson 5), Portland 18 (Miller 6). Total Fouls–Denver 26, Portland 20. Technicals–Portland defensive three second 2. A–20,532 (19,980).

 

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