ORLANDO, Fla. » Dwight Howard had 30 points and 16 rebounds, Jameer Nelson scored 23 of his 26 points in the second half, and the Orlando Magic outlasted the New York Knicks 116-110 last night.
The Magic trailed 58-47 at halftime, but surged in the second half as the Knicks struggled from the field.
The win was the Magic’s third straight and fifth in six games. It was also Orlando’s second win this season over the Knicks, who host the Magic twice before the end of the month.
"We played hard and we got to the point where we drew the line and we said we’re not going to let this one slip away," said Magic reserve Quentin Richardson, who had 10 points. "We knew this was a big game we needed to win."
New York fell to 2-2 since acquiring All-Star Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups. The Knicks finished 1-1 on the Florida swing, following its win over Miami on Sunday.
"(Howard) just opened the court up for Jameer and Anderson," Anthony said. "A team that shoots that many 3s, they’re going to make some. In the second half they knocked them down.
"I don’t like to make excuses, but not being together on the defensive end, not practicing, not getting the repetitions … I think it gets confusing out there at times. That will come with time."
Amare Stoudemire and Billups led New York with 30 points apiece, followed by Anthony with 25.
Billups left after a collision with Howard with 2:13 left in the game and didn’t return.
With his ninth rebound in the third quarter, at 25 years and 83 days old, Howard became the youngest player in NBA history to amass 7,000 rebounds during his career. He passed Wilt Chamberlain, who was 26 years and 128 days old.
Grizzlies 109, Spurs 93
Darrell Arthur and Zach Randolph scored 21 points each and host Memphis took advantage of poor ball handling by San Antonio (49-11), which played without injured point guard Tony Parker (out two to four weeks with a strained left calf) and committed 22 turnovers.
Lakers 90, Timberwolves 79
Pau Gasol had 17 rebounds and 12 points and Andrew Bynum had 14 points and seven boards and visiting Los Angeles’ towering front line overwhelmed Kevin Love on the boards to win the team’s fifth straight. Love had 13 points and 11 rebounds, his 47th straight double-double.
Mavericks 101, 76ers 93
Jason Terry scored 30 points, Jason Kidd had a triple-double, and visiting Dallas won its seventh straight game. Kidd had 13 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds and no turnovers for the Mavericks, who have won 17 of 18 to move into second place in the Western Conference.
Raptors 96, Hornets 90
Jose Calderon had 22 points and 16 assists, DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points and host Toronto beat New Orleans for just its fourth win in 24 games.
Pacers 109, Warriors 100
Danny Granger scored 27 points, hitting all 16 free throws, and Indiana beat visiting Golden State, which lost for the fourth straight time.
Bucks 92, Pistons 90
Brandon Jennings scored 21 points, making the clinching free throws with 5.9 seconds left to lead host Milwaukee over Detroit.
Rockets 103, Blazers 87
Kyle Lowry had 21 points and 11 assists and Houston snapped a four-game losing streak at the Rose Garden.