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Howard finds grooveto boost Magic to win

ORLANDO — Hedo Turkoglu scored 24 points, Dwight Howard overcame a slow start to collect 19 points and 14 rebounds, and the Magic defeated Toronto 102-87 on Tuesday night.

Howard had only three points on 1-for-3 shooting until the fourth quarter, sitting long stretches with foul trouble. He seemed energized after the rest, scoring six straight in a 1:10 stretch that expanded Orlando's lead to 89-79 with six minutes remaining.

T.J. Ford single-handedly kept Toronto alive in the fourth quarter. He got 13 of his 20 points, the first 13 the Raptors scored. Anthony Parker added 19 points and nine rebounds and Jose Calderon scored 14 points.

Orlando led 44-41 at halftime, then extended it to 10 in the third quarter. Toronto responded with a 17-6 run to take a 60-59 lead, its first since the third quarter. Orlando regained it 22 seconds later on a reverse layup from Jameer Nelson, and never gave it up.

TORONTO (87): Moon 2-7 2-2 6, Nesterovic 1-7 0-0 2, Bargnani 2-11 2-2 6, Calderon 7-14 0-0 14, Parker 8-14 2-2 19, Brezec 1-3 0-2 2, Ford 8-13 3-4 20, Delfino 1-7 2-2 4, Kapono 1-4 2-2 4, Humphries 5-8 0-3 10, Baston 0-0 0-0 0, Graham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-88 13-19 87.

ORLANDO (102): Turkoglu 9-16 4-6 24, Lewis 9-13 1-1 22, Howard 7-10 5-8 19, Nelson 5-11 2-2 13, Evans 1-7 0-0 2, Cook 3-7 0-0 6, Bogans 2-3 0-0 6, Arroyo 3-7 1-1 7, Foyle 1-2 1-2 3, Gortat 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-76 14-20 102.

Toronto 18 23 27 19— 87

Orlando 20 24 27 31— 102

3-Point GoalsToronto 2-14 (Parker 1-2, Ford 1-2, Moon 0-1, Bargnani 0-2, Calderon 0-3, Delfino 0-4), Orlando 8-23 (Lewis 3-7, Turkoglu 2-3, Bogans 2-3, Nelson 1-3, Arroyo 0-1, Cook 0-2, Evans 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 52 (Parker, Delfino 9), Orlando 48 (Howard 14). AssistsToronto 15 (Delfino, Calderon 3), Orlando 18 (Turkoglu 8). Total FoulsToronto 16, Orlando 15. TechnicalsOrlando defensive three second. A17,519 (17,519).

Warriors 135, Hawks 118

ATLANTA — Baron Davis scored 35 and Stephen Jackson had 29 points to lead Golden State to its fourth straight win. The Warriors, who lead the NBA in scoring, set their season high for points and improved to 16-12 on the road, their most wins away since 1993-94.

GOLDEN STATE (135): Jackson 10-19 3-3 29, Wright 2-3 1-1 5, Barnes 3-7 0-0 8, Davis 16-25 2-2 35, Ellis 10-19 0-0 20, Pietrus 7-10 0-0 19, Harrington 5-13 1-2 13, Azubuike 1-3 1-2 3, Watson 0-1 0-0 0, Croshere 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 55-101 8-10 135.

ATLANTA (118): Williams 8-17 4-4 20, Smith 6-14 8-12 20, Horford 6-6 2-2 14, Bibby 2-7 1-2 5, Johnson 13-22 7-7 38, Childress 2-3 3-4 8, Stoudamire 2-7 7-7 12, West 0-0 1-2 1, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Richardson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 39-77 33-40 118.

Golden State 37 31 32 35— 135

Atlanta 42 28 22 26— 118

3-Point GoalsGolden State 17-32 (Jackson 6-12, Pietrus 5-7, Barnes 2-2, Harrington 2-3, Croshere 1-1, Davis 1-4, Watson 0-1, Azubuike 0-2), Atlanta 7-16 (Johnson 5-7, Childress 1-1, Stoudamire 1-4, Bibby 0-4). Fouled OutAzubuike. ReboundsGolden State 46 (Pietrus 12), Atlanta 47 (Smith 11). AssistsGolden State 28 (Davis 9), Atlanta 24 (Bibby, Johnson 6). Total FoulsGolden State 28, Atlanta 12. TechnicalsBarnes, Atlanta defensive three second.

Pistons 100, Sonics 97

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Tayshaun Prince scored 24 and Chauncey Billups added 20 as Detroit overcame a slow start to beat Seattle for the seventh straight time. Center Theo Ratliff signed with Detroit.

SEATTLE (97): Green 6-14 1-1 15, Wilcox 9-18 2-2 20, Petro 3-4 2-2 8, Watson 8-14 7-8 23, Durant 7-14 6-8 20, Collison 2-2 0-0 4, Wilkins 1-5 1-2 3, Elson 0-1 1-2 1, Ridnour 0-4 0-0 0, Gelabale 0-3 0-0 0, Marshall 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 37-81 20-25 97.

DETROIT (100): Prince 8-17 6-7 24, McDyess 1-4 2-2 4, Wallace 3-8 0-0 7, Billups 4-9 8-8 20, Hamilton 5-19 7-8 18, Maxiell 2-7 4-6 8, Afflalo 1-1 0-0 2, Stuckey 2-4 1-2 5, Johnson 1-3 3-4 5, Hayes 2-4 0-0 4, Herrmann 0-0 0-0 0, Dixon 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 30-79 31-37 100.

Seattle 41 13 24 19— 97

Detroit 28 25 24 23— 100

3-Point GoalsSeattle 3-11 (Green 2-4, Marshall 1-2, Durant 0-1, Ridnour 0-1, Gelabale 0-1, Watson 0-2), Detroit 9-19 (Billups 4-7, Prince 2-3, Wallace 1-2, Hamilton 1-3, Dixon 1-3, Hayes 0-1). ReboundsSeattle 57 (Wilcox, Petro 10), Detroit 47 (Maxiell 9). AssistsSeattle 18 (Watson 7), Detroit 23 (Billups 9). Total FoulsSeattle 26, Detroit 23. TechnicalsMaxiell.

Bobcats 109, Timberwolves 89

MINNEAPOLIS — Jason Richardson scored 25 and Emeka Okafor added 19 points and 11 boards as Charlotte snapped a nine-game road losing streak. Minnesota forward Corey Brewer, a former Gator, missed the game with a thigh bruise.

CHARLOTTE (109): Richardson 8-17 5-6 25, Okafor 7-10 5-7 19, Mohammed 5-11 0-0 10, Felton 3-11 7-7 14, Carroll 7-12 1-2 18, Davidson 0-0 1-2 1, Harrington 2-2 1-2 5, Dudley 5-8 3-3 14, Boykins 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 38-74 23-29 109.

MINNESOTA (89): Snyder 3-4 0-1 6, Gomes 7-18 0-0 17, Jefferson 8-19 2-2 18, Telfair 6-11 0-0 12, Foye 7-11 0-0 16, Jaric 1-6 0-1 2, Smith 6-8 3-5 15, Buckner 1-3 0-0 3, Richard 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-80 5-9 89.

Charlotte 29 27 26 27— 109

Minnesota 27 23 25 14— 89

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 10-20 (Richardson 4-8, Carroll 3-6, Boykins 1-1, Felton 1-2, Dudley 1-3), Minnesota 6-12 (Gomes 3-5, Foye 2-3, Buckner 1-1, Jaric 0-1, Telfair 0-1, Snyder 0-1). Fouled OutFoye. ReboundsCharlotte 44 (Okafor 11), Minnesota 43 (Jefferson 11). AssistsCharlotte 31 (Felton 10), Minnesota 26 (Telfair 9). Total FoulsCharlotte 14, Minnesota 22. TechnicalsSnyder. A10,019 (19,443).

Cassell joins Celtics

Boston hopes it has the last piece of the championship puzzle now that veteran Sam Cassell has passed his physical and signed a contract.

Cassell is headed to Baltimore to attend the funeral of a family member and won't be available when the Celtics host the Pistons tonight. He is expected to be available Friday against Chicago, but whether he plays will be the coach's decision.

The 38-year-old Cassell averaged 12.8 points for the Clippers this season before negotiating his long-rumored exit. He is expected to back up starting point guard Rajon Rondo.

ARENAS' FIRST PRACTICE: Wizards Gilbert Arenas was pleased after his first full-contact practice in 3½ months. Coach Eddie Jordan changed the rules somewhat for his star point guard, who hasn't played since knee surgery Nov. 21. During four-on-four scrimmages, teammates were not allowed to set picks and screens on Arenas.

EUROPE: The Heat will begin preseason play in Paris and London in October against the Nets as part of the NBA Europe Live tour, and the Hornets will play the Wizards in Berlin and Barcelona, the Associated Press reported.

REINSTATEMENT: Chris Andersen, kicked out Jan. 27, 2006, for violating the league's drug policy, was reinstated. Anderson's rights belong to the Hornets, provided they offer him a contract in the next 30 days, which general manager Jeff Bower said the team plans to do.

HEAT: One day after Dorell Wright had season-ending surgery to repair a left knee tear, coach Pat Riley said the 6-foot-9 forward will be ready for the start of training camp. Although Wright is set to become a restricted free agent, the Heat has no plans to let him leave.

MAVERICKS: Tyronn Lue signed as a backup point guard.

SUNS: Guard Gordan Giricek signed a contract for the rest of the season, and forward Linton Johnson signed a 10-day contract.

Magic 102

Raptors 87

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