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Balanced Magic coasts by Nets

Magic center Dwight Howard pulls in one of his 24 rebounds above Nets forward Kris Humphries in the first half.

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Magic center Dwight Howard pulls in one of his 24 rebounds above Nets forward Kris Humphries in the first half.

ORLANDO — The Nets are one of three teams the Magic gave superstar Dwight Howard permission to talk to about potential trades this month.

It's safe to say the Nets wish they had had the Orlando center on their side Thursday.

Howard scored 16, grabbed 24 rebounds and blocked three shots, and the Magic defeated the Nets 94-78 in front of a sellout crowd of 18,954.

Ryan Anderson led the Magic with 22 points. Jason Richardson added 16 points, and J.J. Redick had 15.

"I like the way we're heading right now," Howard said after notching his 49th career 20-rebound game. "We're doing all the right things on defense — we're making mistakes here and there, but we'll get it right — and our effort has been great."

It was a dominant performance from Howard, who neared his career high of 26 rebounds and helped hold the Nets to 44.8 percent shooting from inside the paint.

Rookie forward MarShon Brooks finished with 17 points off the bench for New Jersey, helping make up for the struggles of Deron Williams, who scored 10 on 2 of 12 shooting.

The Magic jumped out to a 20-point lead early in the second quarter, but a 14-3 Nets run just before halftime, including eight points from Brooks, cut that lead to six points heading into the break.

New Jersey cut Orlando's lead to seven points in the fourth quarter, but a balanced Magic scoring attack led by Hedo Turkoglu (11 points) put the game away.

Game highlights: Kevin Durant scored 30 and hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the host Thunder to a 104-102 victory over the Mavericks. The win came a day after Durant and teammate Russell Westbrook shouted at each other during a timeout in their 98-95 win over the Grizzlies late Wednesday. Westbrook had been upset about another teammate not taking an open shot, and Durant had tried to calm him. … Kevin Martin scored 25 as the host Rockets beat the Spurs 105-85.

Around the league: The Suns signed 32-year-old oft-injured guard Michael Redd to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum of about $1.3 million. … Bobcats majority owner Michael Jordan, 48, is engaged to Yvette Prieto, a Cuban-American model he has dated since 2008.

Magic 94, Nets 78

NEW JERSEY (78): James 2-2 0-0 4, Humphries 3-5 3-5 9, Okur 4-9 0-0 9, D.Williams 2-12 6-8 10, Gaines 3-9 2-4 8, Stevenson 3-4 0-0 9, Morrow 2-10 0-0 4, Petro 1-2 0-0 2, Farmar 1-1 0-0 2, Sha.Williams 1-4 0-0 2, Brooks 7-15 1-2 17, She.Williams 0-4 2-2 2. Totals 29-77 14-21 78.

ORLANDO (94): Turkoglu 5-14 0-0 11, Anderson 7-14 5-6 22, Howard 7-9 2-9 16, Nelson 0-3 0-0 0, J.Richardson 6-14 4-6 16, Davis 2-8 1-2 5, Redick 6-11 1-2 15, Duhon 3-6 0-0 9, Hughes 0-2 0-0 0, Harper 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-81 13-25 94.

New Jersey 16 28 18 16— 78

Orlando 28 22 25 19— 94

3-Point GoalsNew Jersey 6-17 (Stevenson 3-4, Brooks 2-2, Okur 1-1, Gaines 0-2, Sha.Williams 0-2, Morrow 0-3, D.Williams 0-3), Orlando 9-21 (Duhon 3-4, Anderson 3-5, Redick 2-3, Turkoglu 1-4, Hughes 0-1, Nelson 0-1, J.Richardson 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Jersey 53 (Humphries 10), Orlando 59 (Howard 24). AssistsNew Jersey 17 (D.Williams 7), Orlando 25 (Turkoglu 7). Total FoulsNew Jersey 26, Orlando 19. TechnicalsNew Jersey defensive three second 2. A18,954.

Thunder 104, Mavericks 102

DALLAS (102): Marion 4-11 0-0 8, Nowitzki 9-17 10-10 29, Haywood 4-7 0-1 8, Kidd 1-3 0-0 3, West 5-10 4-4 15, Terry 6-17 0-0 16, Odom 2-11 0-0 4, Williams 1-2 0-0 2, Carter 3-8 0-2 8, Mahinmi 3-4 3-4 9. Totals 38-90 17-21 102.

OKLAHOMA CITY (104): Durant 10-16 7-9 30, Ibaka 6-9 4-8 16, Perkins 2-2 3-3 7, Westbrook 6-15 4-6 16, Sefolosha 0-0 0-0 0, Harden 4-8 6-6 15, Collison 4-4 0-0 8, Maynor 2-4 0-0 5, Cook 2-4 0-0 5, Mohammed 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 37-63 24-32 104.

Dallas 29 23 24 26— 102

Oklahoma City 28 28 22 26— 104

3-Point GoalsDallas 9-26 (Terry 4-8, Carter 2-3, West 1-2, Kidd 1-3, Nowitzki 1-4, Marion 0-2, Odom 0-4), Oklahoma City 6-14 (Durant 3-5, Maynor 1-1, Cook 1-3, Harden 1-4, Westbrook 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 45 (Nowitzki 10), Oklahoma City 45 (Durant 11). AssistsDallas 25 (Terry 9), Oklahoma City 19 (Durant 6). Total FoulsDallas 24, Oklahoma City 19. TechnicalsCarter, Nowitzki, West, Williams, Harden, Ibaka. A18,203.

Rockets 105, Spurs 85

SAN ANTONIO (85): Jefferson 2-10 0-1 5, Duncan 1-8 2-2 4, Blair 8-17 6-8 22, Parker 6-15 0-1 12, Ginobili 4-8 0-0 8, Leonard 3-7 2-4 8, Anderson 1-3 1-2 3, Splitter 4-8 2-2 10, Bonner 1-5 0-0 3, Ford 1-1 0-0 2, Green 3-7 0-0 6, Joseph 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 35-93 13-20 85.

HOUSTON (105): Budinger 1-3 0-0 2, Scola 9-12 0-0 18, Hill 2-4 2-3 6, Lowry 5-10 4-4 16, Martin 10-17 1-2 25, Dalembert 1-3 2-2 4, Dragic 3-10 0-0 6, Lee 4-10 0-0 9, Williams 2-4 0-0 6, Parsons 2-5 1-2 5, Flynn 0-0 0-0 0, Morris 1-4 0-0 2, Thabeet 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 43-85 10-13 105.

San Antonio 18 17 24 26— 85

Houston 23 30 25 27— 105

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 2-17 (Bonner 1-3, Jefferson 1-5, Parker 0-1, Anderson 0-1, Green 0-2, Ginobili 0-2, Leonard 0-3), Houston 9-26 (Martin 4-8, Williams 2-2, Lowry 2-4, Lee 1-5, Budinger 0-2, Parsons 0-2, Dragic 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 59 (Blair 12), Houston 51 (Lowry 9). AssistsSan Antonio 12 (Splitter 3), Houston 21 (Lowry 8). Total FoulsSan Antonio 10, Houston 17. TechnicalsHouston defensive three second. A18,267.

Balanced Magic coasts by Nets 12/29/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 30, 2011 12:23am]
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