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Magic clinches playoff spot

Hedo Turkoglu scores nine points in the final five minutes to help the Magic pull away for its seventh win in eight games.

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Hedo Turkoglu scores nine points in the final five minutes to help the Magic pull away for its seventh win in eight games.

ORLANDO — Hedo Turkoglu scored 27 points, including nine in the final five minutes, to help the Magic pull away and clinch a playoff berth with a 122-111 win over the Pacers on Saturday night.

Rashard Lewis added 22 points for Orlando, which has won seven of eight. Dwight Howard, in foul trouble much of the fourth quarter, added 18 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 43 seconds to play. Maurice Evans scored a season-high 19.

Danny Granger led the Pacers with 27 points. Six Pacers scored in double figures, but they lost for the fifth time in six games.

The Magic led 106-102 when Howard returned with five fouls. Orlando went on an 8-1 run, with Turkoglu making two driving layups, Lewis getting one and Howard scoring on a dunk. Indiana never got closer than six the rest of the game.

The Magic shot 66.7 percent in the first half and led by as many as 18 with just under seven minutes left in the second quarter, but couldn't build the lead because of poor passing. Orlando committed 12 turnovers in the half.

Indiana used the mistakes to slowly get back, cutting a 48-30 deficit to 61-53 at halftime. Troy Murphy had 11 points in the quarter and Granger eight for the Pacers, who stayed close by shooting 50 percent for the half.

The Pacers outscored the Magic 11-2 to start the fourth quarter, cutting an 11-point deficit to 93-91 on a 3-pointer by Murphy with 9:08 left. Orlando pushed the lead back to 101-93 after a three-point play by Lewis with 7:01 left, but Howard picked up his fifth foul on the next possession.

INDIANA (111): Granger 9-16 4-5 24, Murphy 6-12 4-8 18, Foster 2-5 3-4 7, Murray 4-9 3-4 11, Dunleavy 6-14 3-5 16, Daniels 6-9 2-2 14, Rush 5-11 0-0 12, Diener 1-4 2-2 5, Harrison 2-2 0-2 4, Graham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-82 21-32 111.

ORLANDO (122): Turkoglu 13-23 0-0 27, Lewis 8-11 3-3 22, Howard 9-13 0-5 18, Nelson 2-5 3-4 8, Evans 7-8 3-4 19, Cook 3-6 0-0 8, Bogans 4-6 0-0 11, Foyle 0-1 0-0 0, Arroyo 3-4 3-3 9. Totals 49-77 12-19 122.

Indiana 18 35 27 31— 111

Orlando 28 33 30 31— 122

3-Point GoalsIndiana 8-21 (Murphy 2-4, Rush 2-4, Granger 2-5, Diener 1-4, Dunleavy 1-4), Orlando 12-20 (Bogans 3-3, Lewis 3-5, Cook 2-2, Evans 2-3, Nelson 1-2, Turkoglu 1-4, Arroyo 0-1). Fouled OutHoward. ReboundsIndiana 41 (Murphy 9), Orlando 46 (Howard 12). AssistsIndiana 25 (Murphy, Diener, Rush 5), Orlando 30 (Nelson 9). Total FoulsIndiana 21, Orlando 24. TechnicalsOrlando defensive three second.

76ers 103, Spurs 96

PHILADELPHIA — Andre Miller scored a season-high 32 points and Andre Iguodala had 25 to lead the 76ers to their third straight victory.

Tony Parker scored 27 and Manu Ginobili had 22 for the Spurs, who have lost three straight.

Parker's layup brought the Spurs within six again late in the fourth then Ginobili blocked Miller's shot. The Spurs couldn't convert on the other end and Iguodala sank a difficult, step-back jumper with Bruce Bowen's hands up in his face that made it 94-86.

Miller hit another basket that brought the fans to their feet while Samuel Dalembert ran down the court waving his arms for the 19,942 to cheer even louder. Iguodala hit two free throws to seal the win.

Miller was 11-for-14 from the floor and made 10 of 11 free throws.

SAN ANTONIO (96): Bowen 4-7 0-0 10, Duncan 5-14 6-7 16, Thomas 3-7 1-2 7, Parker 12-16 3-4 27, Ginobili 7-12 5-5 22, Finley 1-6 1-1 3, Oberto 2-2 0-0 4, Bonner 1-6 0-0 3, Stoudamire 1-2 0-0 2, Vaughn 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 37-76 16-19 96.

PHILADELPHIA (103): Iguodala 9-18 4-4 25, Evans 1-4 0-0 2, Dalembert 3-6 4-4 10, Miller 11-14 10-11 32, Green 4-10 0-0 8, Young 2-8 2-2 6, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Carney 2-9 2-2 8, Williams 5-11 2-5 12, Ollie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-80 24-28 103.

San Antonio 23 22 28 23— 96

Philadelphia 28 25 30 20— 103

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 6-21 (Ginobili 3-6, Bowen 2-3, Bonner 1-6, Duncan 0-1, Vaughn 0-1, Parker 0-1, Finley 0-3), Philadelphia 5-14 (Iguodala 3-5, Carney 2-5, Green 0-1, Williams 0-3). ReboundsSan Antonio 41 (Ginobili 7), Philadelphia 48 (Dalembert 10). AssistsSan Antonio 21 (Ginobili 6), Philadelphia 17 (Miller 7). Total FoulsSan Antonio 22, Philadelphia 18. TechnicalsPhiladelphia defensive three second.

Wizards 119, Clippers 109, OT

WASHINGTON — Antawn Jamison had 36 points, including three key free throws to send the game into OT, leading the Wizards to a win.

The Clippers, who have lost 11 of their last 13, looked to have the game sealed when Corey Maggette hit two free throws for a 98-94 lead with seven seconds to play in regulation. But Jamison, who also had 11 rebounds, hit a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left to cut the lead to 98-97.

Jamison, poised to take a potential tying 3-pointer with the score 100-97, was fouled and made all three to tie the score.

L.A. CLIPPERS (109): Maggette 11-16 6-9 34, T.Thomas 6-15 4-6 17, Powell 6-15 2-2 14, Knight 2-5 2-2 6, Ross 2-4 0-0 4, Thornton 3-4 2-3 8, Parker 1-9 0-0 2, Mobley 4-9 4-4 13, Fazekas 5-9 1-3 11. Totals 40-86 21-29 109.

WASHINGTON (119): Butler 3-14 10-10 16, Jamison 10-22 11-14 36, Songaila 7-15 0-0 14, Daniels 4-6 5-8 14, Stevenson 4-9 1-2 11, McGuire 0-1 0-0 0, Blatche 2-7 2-4 6, Mason 3-6 3-3 10, Young 4-7 0-0 10, Pecherov 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 37-88 34-43 119.

L.A. Clippers 25 30 23 22 9— 109

Washington 25 30 20 25 19— 119

3-Point GoalsL.A. Clippers 8-21 (Maggette 6-9, T.Thomas 1-2, Mobley 1-3, Thornton 0-1, Powell 0-1, Fazekas 0-1, Parker 0-4), Washington 11-26 (Jamison 5-10, Young 2-3, Stevenson 2-6, Daniels 1-2, Mason 1-3, Pecherov 0-1, McGuire 0-1). Fouled OutMobley, T.Thomas. ReboundsL.A. Clippers 56 (Powell 9), Washington 58 (Butler 12). AssistsL.A. Clippers 27 (Knight 8), Washington 23 (Butler 7). Total FoulsL.A. Clippers 30, Washington 25. TechnicalsWashington defensive three second.

Nets 117, Jazz 115

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Richard Jefferson made a running jumper with 1.5 seconds remaining to give the Nets a win.

Jefferson led New Jersey with 27 points, and Vince Carter scored 25.

Carlos Boozer equaled his career high with 41 points for Utah. He had a remarkably precise game, shooting 15-of-19 from the field and 11-of-13 from the free-throw line.

UTAH (115): Kirilenko 1-4 0-0 2, Boozer 15-19 11-13 41, Okur 5-15 5-7 17, D.Williams 3-11 5-5 11, Brewer 6-10 2-3 14, Harpring 1-2 0-0 2, Millsap 1-6 0-0 2, Miles 4-7 0-0 8, Price 0-4 0-0 0, Korver 7-12 2-2 18. Totals 43-90 25-30 115.

NEW JERSEY (117): Jefferson 11-15 5-7 27, S.Williams 2-3 0-0 4, Boone 8-9 5-9 21, Harris 6-12 7-10 19, Carter 6-20 13-14 25, Swift 0-2 1-4 1, M.Williams 0-3 0-0 0, Nachbar 4-10 5-6 16, Diop 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 39-76 36-50 117.

Utah 29 28 29 29— 115

New Jersey 32 18 31 36— 117

3-Point GoalsUtah 4-16 (Korver 2-5, Okur 2-6, D.Williams 0-1, Price 0-1, Kirilenko 0-3), New Jersey 3-11 (Nachbar 3-6, M.Williams 0-1, Carter 0-2, Harris 0-2). ReboundsUtah 37 (Boozer 9), New Jersey 66 (Boone 13). AssistsUtah 31 (D.Williams 16), New Jersey 24 (Harris 12). Total FoulsUtah 31, New Jersey 19. TechnicalsBoozer, New Jersey defensive three second.

LAKERS: Pau Gasol, injured Friday night, will sit out with a sprained left ankle when Los Angeles battles for first place in the Western Conference tonight against Houston, on a 21-game winning streak. Gasol will miss at least three games.

WIZARDS: Guard Gilbert Arenas, who had surgery on his left knee Nov. 21, has been practicing with the team since March 4. Arenas, who has participated in four practices, says he's going to get an MRI on Tuesday — "just to make sure nothing's wrong." If he's given clearance by team doctors, "then, I guess that means I'll play," he said.

Magic 122

Pacers 111

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