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Backcourt dominates as 76ers end skid against Magic

PHILADELPHIA — Andre Miller scored 22 of his 26 in the first half, and Willie Green had a season-high 26 to lead the 76ers to a 101-89 victory over the Magic on Wednesday.

The 76ers have won seven straight at home with their last loss at the Wachovia Center coming to Orlando on Feb. 1 — and eight of 10 overall.

Miller and Green, the 76ers' starting backcourt, outscored Orlando starting guards, Jameer Nelson and Maurice Evans, 52-2.

The 76ers had lost their first two meetings to Orlando earlier this month, four straight overall and six of the last seven to the Magic. Orlando also had won four in a row in Philadelphia.

The 76ers held Orlando to 40.5 percent shooting, forced 20 turnovers and had 12 steals. The Magic failed to reach 100 points for the first time in 10 games.

"I thought a lot of it was due to our pick-and-roll defense," 76ers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "We trapped the pick-and-roll, got out to the 3-point shooters and made them put the ball on the floor."

Orlando's Dwight Howard managed 14 points on 6-for-13 shooting and 16 rebounds.

"They played great defense, but I was really frustrated on the offensive end," Howard said.

ORLANDO (89): Turkoglu 5-12 9-10 20, Lewis 5-15 5-6 19, Howard 6-13 2-7 14, Nelson 1-5 0-0 2, M.Evans 0-1 0-0 0, Cook 3-8 2-2 9, Dooling 1-2 0-0 2, Bogans 5-7 0-0 13, Foyle 0-0 0-0 0, Redick 4-10 0-2 10, Arroyo 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-74 18-27 89.

PHILADELPHIA (101): Iguodala 7-20 9-11 24, Young 2-6 2-2 6, Dalembert 4-7 1-2 9, Miller 11-16 4-4 26, Green 11-18 3-5 26, Booth 0-0 0-0 0, R.Evans 0-4 2-2 2, Williams 2-8 4-4 8, Carney 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 37-83 25-30 101.

Orlando 25 17 26 21— 89

Philadelphia 33 28 22 18— 101

3-Point GoalsOrlando 11-26 (Lewis 4-10, Bogans 3-5, Redick 2-4, Turkoglu 1-2, Cook 1-4, Nelson 0-1), Philadelphia 2-10 (Green 1-3, Iguodala 1-5, Williams 0-1, Carney 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 52 (Howard 16), Philadelphia 52 (Dalembert 12). AssistsOrlando 18 (Nelson 7), Philadelphia 24 (Miller 9). Total FoulsOrlando 21, Philadelphia 23. TechnicalsLewis. A14,124 (20,444).

Celtics 92, Cavaliers 87

BOSTON — LeBron James returned from a first-half ankle injury to score 26 and become the youngest player in NBA history to reach 10,000 points, but the Celtics got 22 points from Ray Allen to win.

James sprained his ankle driving to the basket and missed the last 4:24 of the first half. X-rays were negative and he was back for the second half.

James reached the 10,000-point milestone at 23 years and 59 days. It took him 368 games to do it — the ninth-fastest in league history.

CLEVELAND (87): James 7-24 11-15 26, Wallace 3-6 0-0 6, Ilgauskas 4-9 0-0 8, West 8-13 2-2 20, D.Brown 1-6 1-2 3, Szczerbiak 3-13 4-4 12, Varejao 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 4-5 1-1 9, Da.Jones 1-5 0-0 3, Dw.Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-81 19-24 87.

BOSTON (92): Pierce 4-14 3-4 12, Garnett 8-14 2-2 18, Perkins 4-4 0-2 8, Rondo 4-9 0-3 8, R.Allen 7-10 5-6 22, Davis 2-3 5-7 9, Powe 4-5 5-5 13, Posey 0-2 0-0 0, House 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 34-65 20-29 92.

Cleveland 16 24 22 25— 87

Boston 25 22 28 17— 92

3-Point GoalsCleveland 6-19 (Szczerbiak 2-3, West 2-4, Da.Jones 1-4, James 1-6, D.Brown 0-2), Boston 4-12 (R.Allen 3-5, Pierce 1-3, Posey 0-2, House 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCleveland 51 (Ilgauskas 12), Boston 44 (Garnett 11). AssistsCleveland 16 (James 4), Boston 27 (Rondo 8). Total FoulsCleveland 24, Boston 25. TechnicalsCleveland Coach Brown. Ejected—Cleveland Coach Brown. A18,624 (18,624).

Hawks 123, Kings 117

ATLANTA — Mike Bibby, who spent seven seasons with the Kings, had 24 points and 12 assists in his home debut for the Hawks. Joe Johnson had 26 points and rookie Al Horford out of Florida had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta, which had dropped eight of nine.

SACRAMENTO (117): Artest 8-14 6-11 23, Moore 3-5 4-6 10, Miller 9-16 4-6 25, Udrih 11-19 3-4 25, Martin 2-9 2-2 6, Salmons 3-6 2-2 8, Garcia 5-13 2-4 14, Hawes 2-4 0-0 4, A.Johnson 1-3 0-0 2, S.Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Douby 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 44-89 23-35 117.

ATLANTA (123): West 3-7 1-1 7, Smith 5-14 4-6 14, Horford 6-8 4-4 16, Bibby 7-13 8-9 24, J.Johnson 8-17 5-5 26, Pachulia 1-4 3-4 5, Childress 7-10 10-11 25, Stoudamire 0-5 0-0 0, Richardson 2-4 0-0 4, Jones 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 40-83 35-40 123.

Sacramento 28 30 27 32— 117

Atlanta 40 19 34 30— 123

3-Point GoalsSacramento 6-20 (Miller 3-5, Garcia 2-7, Artest 1-2, Udrih 0-3, Martin 0-3), Atlanta 8-17 (J.Johnson 5-7, Bibby 2-5, Childress 1-1, Richardson 0-1, Horford 0-1, Stoudamire 0-2). Fouled OutGarcia. ReboundsSacramento 52 (Miller 13), Atlanta 53 (Horford 14). AssistsSacramento 25 (Udrih 8), Atlanta 28 (Bibby 12). Total FoulsSacramento 27, Atlanta 26. Technicals. A15,661 (18,729).

Raptors 107, Timberwolves 85

TORONTO — Chris Bosh scored 28, T.J. Ford had 16 and the Raptors beat the Timberwolves for the eighth straight time. Toronto hasn't lost to Minnesota since 108-97 on Jan. 21, 2004.

MINNESOTA (85): Brewer 0-2 0-0 0, Gomes 2-6 0-0 5, Jefferson 9-12 5-6 23, Telfair 1-4 0-0 2, Foye 7-10 0-0 18, McCants 8-17 2-2 19, Ratliff 1-1 1-2 3, Jaric 1-4 0-0 2, Snyder 1-4 1-2 3, Smith 3-5 2-2 8, Richard 0-0 2-2 2, Doleac 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-66 13-16 85.

TORONTO (107): Moon 4-9 2-2 11, Bosh 12-17 3-4 28, Bargnani 5-9 1-1 12, Calderon 2-6 2-2 6, Parker 3-8 1-1 7, Nesterovic 2-4 0-0 4, Ford 4-9 8-8 16, Delfino 1-5 3-3 5, Brezec 1-2 2-4 4, Kapono 5-10 0-0 10, Humphries 0-1 1-2 1, Graham 1-1 1-1 3. Totals 40-81 24-28 107.

Minnesota 28 15 22 20— 85

Toronto 26 25 33 23— 107

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 6-20 (Foye 4-5, Gomes 1-2, McCants 1-9, Jaric 0-1, Snyder 0-1, Telfair 0-2), Toronto 3-18 (Bosh 1-1, Moon 1-3, Bargnani 1-5, Ford 0-2, Delfino 0-3, Parker 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMinnesota 40 (Ratliff 6), Toronto 41 (Bosh, Moon 7). AssistsMinnesota 21 (Telfair 7), Toronto 26 (Calderon 7). Total FoulsMinnesota 27, Toronto 17. TechnicalsSnyder 2, Toronto defensive three second. Ejected—Snyder. A18,325 (19,800).

Knicks 113, Bobcats 89

NEW YORK — Nate Robinson scored 22 and the Knicks matched their easiest victory of the season. The Knicks beat Detroit by 24 earlier this season. The Bobcats lost Jason Richardson in the second quarter when he scratched the cornea of his right eye in a collision with Nate Robinson. His playing status for Friday is undetermined.

CHARLOTTE (89): Okafor 5-15 8-12 18, J.Richardson 3-7 0-0 7, Mohammed 5-9 0-0 10, McInnis 2-5 0-0 4, Felton 6-16 2-2 14, Davidson 3-6 1-2 7, Carroll 8-11 0-0 19, Dudley 2-6 0-0 4, Boykins 0-6 4-6 4, Harrington 0-2 0-0 0, Hollins 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 34-83 17-24 89.

NEW YORK (113): Randolph 7-16 4-8 18, Q.Richardson 6-11 3-5 17, Curry 0-3 0-0 0, Robinson 9-18 2-2 22, Crawford 7-13 4-4 20, Jones 5-6 1-1 12, Lee 2-4 0-0 4, Jeffries 2-3 0-1 4, Balkman 2-4 0-4 4, Collins 2-4 0-0 4, Chandler 3-7 0-0 6, Rose 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 46-90 14-25 113.

Charlotte 25 16 21 27— 89

New York 20 34 29 30— 113

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 4-12 (Carroll 3-4, J.Richardson 1-3, Felton 0-1, McInnis 0-1, Boykins 0-3), New York 7-17 (Q.Richardson 2-4, Robinson 2-4, Crawford 2-5, Jones 1-1, Balkman 0-1, Randolph 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCharlotte 50 (Okafor 14), New York 61 (Lee 14). AssistsCharlotte 15 (Felton 5), New York 26 (Robinson 6). Total FoulsCharlotte 17, New York 18. TechnicalsMcInnis, Charlotte defensive three second. A18,076 (19,763).

Bulls 113, Pacers 107

INDIANAPOLIS — Larry Hughes had 29 points, and Drew Gooden added 10 points and 15 rebounds to carry the Bulls. Luol Deng scored 16 and Ben Gordon 15 for the Bulls, who won for the first time since acquiring Hughes and Gooden from Cleveland on Feb. 21.

CHICAGO (113): Deng 7-12 2-3 16, Thomas 3-8 0-0 6, Noah 4-5 3-6 11, Hinrich 2-3 0-0 6, Sefolosha 3-6 0-2 7, Gooden 3-9 4-5 10, Gordon 5-16 3-5 15, Hughes 10-19 6-10 29, Gray 0-0 2-2 2, Nocioni 4-9 2-4 11. Totals 41-87 22-37 113.

INDIANA (107): Dunleavy 5-12 13-16 25, Murphy 6-10 4-6 19, Foster 2-7 1-2 5, Diener 6-10 10-10 22, Granger 6-16 1-1 17, Harrison 1-3 2-4 4, Rush 3-5 1-2 8, Daniels 3-10 1-2 7, Williams 0-4 0-0 0, Graham 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-78 33-43 107.

Chicago 27 29 26 31— 113

Indiana 27 30 25 25— 107

3-Point GoalsChicago 9-16 (Hughes 3-6, Hinrich 2-2, Gordon 2-3, Sefolosha 1-1, Nocioni 1-4), Indiana 10-27 (Granger 4-10, Murphy 3-4, Dunleavy 2-6, Rush 1-1, Graham 0-1, Williams 0-1, Diener 0-4). Fouled OutGranger, Murphy. ReboundsChicago 56 (Gooden 15), Indiana 61 (Foster 15). AssistsChicago 26 (Gordon, Hughes 6), Indiana 20 (Diener 9). Total FoulsChicago 34, Indiana 28. TechnicalsChicago defensive three second. A10,556 (18,345).

Hornets 120, Suns 103

NEW ORLEANS — Chris Paul had 25 points, 15 assists and three steals as the Hornets ended a three-game losing skid.

PHOENIX (103): Hill 4-10 2-2 10, Stoudemire 11-19 9-10 32, O'Neal 6-10 3-4 15, Nash 1-6 6-8 8, Bell 5-12 2-2 14, Barbosa 5-9 2-4 17, Diaw 1-2 0-0 2, Johnson 2-5 0-0 5, Strawberry 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-73 24-30 103.

NEW ORLEANS (120): Stojakovic 6-12 3-3 17, West 11-22 5-6 27, Chandler 6-7 0-0 12, Paul 9-21 5-6 25, Peterson 5-5 0-0 11, Armstrong 0-0 0-0 0, Pargo 9-15 1-1 22, Butler 0-1 0-0 0, James 1-4 2-2 4, Bowen 1-2 0-0 2, Ely 0-1 0-0 0, Wright 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 48-90 16-18 120.

Phoenix 29 26 22 26— 103

New Orleans 25 34 38 23— 120

3-Point GoalsPhoenix 9-18 (Barbosa 5-6, Bell 2-6, Stoudemire 1-1, Johnson 1-2, Nash 0-3), New Orleans 8-15 (Pargo 3-4, Paul 2-3, Stojakovic 2-6, Peterson 1-1, James 0-1). Fouled OutBarbosa. ReboundsPhoenix 44 (Stoudemire 14), New Orleans 44 (Chandler 15). AssistsPhoenix 28 (Nash 13), New Orleans 26 (Paul 15). Total FoulsPhoenix 20, New Orleans 22. TechnicalsBell, Phoenix defensive three second, New Orleans defensive three second. A17,931 (17,200).

Jazz 103, Pistons 95

SALT LAKE CITY — Mehmet Okur scored 11 of his 24 in the fourth quarter and the Jazz rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to win its sixth straight over the Pistons. Utah held Detroit without a field goal for almost 12 minutes between the end of the third and midway through the fourth quarter.

DETROIT (95): Prince 6-15 1-2 13, McDyess 3-7 2-4 8, Wallace 2-12 7-10 11, Billups 7-15 4-5 21, Hamilton 9-19 3-3 22, Maxiell 2-2 7-7 11, Afflalo 0-1 0-0 0, Stuckey 2-3 1-2 5, Hayes 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 32-75 27-35 95.

UTAH (103): Kirilenko 2-5 0-0 4, Boozer 9-17 0-0 18, Okur 10-18 0-0 24, Williams 4-12 4-4 14, Brewer 5-9 2-2 13, Millsap 6-7 7-10 19, Price 1-5 0-0 2, Harpring 3-6 1-1 7, Korver 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 41-83 14-17 103.

Detroit 30 23 18 24— 95

Utah 21 21 25 36— 103

3-Point GoalsDetroit 4-16 (Billups 3-5, Hamilton 1-3, Afflalo 0-1, Prince 0-2, Wallace 0-5), Utah 7-17 (Okur 4-8, Williams 2-2, Brewer 1-1, Korver 0-1, Kirilenko 0-2, Price 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 48 (McDyess 10), Utah 48 (Boozer 15). AssistsDetroit 17 (Prince, Billups 4), Utah 29 (Williams 14). Total FoulsDetroit 21, Utah 22. TechnicalsUtah Coach Sloan. A19,911 (19,911).

Murder suspect was at Pacer's house: Indianapolis police arrested a man on a warrant for murder after he left the home of Pacers forward Shawne Williams. Gary Bohannon, 20, of Tennessee was being held without bond after his arrest, reportedly leaving Williams' home in a truck registered to Williams. Indianapolis police were working with U.S. marshals in Memphis. Police were told Bohannon could be found at or near Williams' home. Police say Bohannon, also known as Roosevelt Rollins, was arrested in September on a drug charge when he was in a vehicle with Williams. Pacers spokesman David Benner said authorities told the team that Bohannon was an acquaintance of Williams' cousin and that Williams had no knowledge of the murder warrant.

Celtics: P.J. Brown, who last played for the Bulls in 2006-07, signed for the rest of the season, aided by a visit from Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, who went to Brown's home in New Orleans during the All-Star weekend.

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