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Davis props up Magic in pinch

Magic center Glen Davis, playing in place of foul-plagued Dwight Howard, grabs one of his eight rebounds against the Kings.

Associated Press

Magic center Glen Davis, playing in place of foul-plagued Dwight Howard, grabs one of his eight rebounds against the Kings.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Magic learned Sunday what life would be like without Dwight Howard. But it also learned what Glen Davis can do for it.

Early foul trouble limited Howard to sporadic playing time during the first three quarters, but Davis helped propel the Magic to a 104-97 win over the Kings.

Davis, playing center in Howard's absence, scored 20, collected eight rebounds and drew key fouls against DeMarcus Cousins that put the Kings center on the bench for much of the second half. Davis consistently hit jumpers from the perimeter and used his muscle to score inside. He shot 8-of-13 and had two assists in 28 minutes.

Jason Richardson finished with a team-high 22 points, and Ryan Anderson had 19, including a 3-pointer that put Orlando up 100-92 late.

Just how strange was the game? Consider that Howard did not attempt a shot and did not collect a rebound during the first three quarters. He got his first rebound with 8:14 left in the fourth and made his first basket on his first shot attempt with 6:35 left. But it was an important score. He made a layup as he was fouled by Jason Thompson to put Orlando up by one then made the free throw to give the Magic an 87-85 lead.

"I got Dwight a lot of rest in the first half. That was a (good) coaching move," Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Although Howard, who finished with five points and four rebounds, would have preferred playing with foul trouble, he said he understood Van Gundy's move.

"He would rather have me sitting than in the game and having to be tentative," Howard said.

Davis came into the game for Howard and quickly drew two personals on Cousins, which deprived the Kings of their most talented player.

Game highlights: Kevin Durant had 21 points and 10 rebounds and the host Thunder became the first NBA team to win three games on consecutive nights this season by beating the Spurs 108-96. Durant needed three more assists to record his first career triple double but instead sat out the entire fourth quarter. … Kevin Love had 20 points and 16 rebounds, Ricky Rubio had 13 points and a career-high 14 assists, and the visiting Timberwolves ended a two-game skid with a 93-72 victory over the 0-8 Wizards. … Steve Nash had 17 assists and 10 points in a 109-93 victory as the Suns beat the Bucks in Phoenix for the 24th straight time, the NBA's second-longest active streak behind San Antonio's 27 wins in a row at home over Golden State.

Magic 104, Kings 97

ORLANDO (104): Turkoglu 4-11 1-2 11, Anderson 5-16 6-8 19, Howard 1-2 3-5 5, Nelson 2-6 1-2 5, J.Richardson 9-16 1-2 22, Davis 8-13 4-7 20, Redick 2-9 1-1 6, Clark 1-3 0-0 2, Wafer 4-7 3-4 12, Duhon 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 37-87 20-31 104.

SACRAMENTO (97): Salmons 4-8 0-0 8, Hickson 5-7 4-6 14, Cousins 6-8 4-6 16, Evans 10-16 8-10 28, Thornton 5-16 0-0 13, Thompson 4-5 2-2 10, Fredette 1-3 0-0 2, Outlaw 3-6 0-0 6, Garcia 0-1 0-0 0, Greene 0-3 0-0 0, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-73 18-24 97.

Orlando 19 30 32 23— 104

Sacramento 21 26 32 18— 97

3-Point GoalsOrlando 10-32 (J.Richardson 3-6, Anderson 3-11, Turkoglu 2-7, Wafer 1-2, Redick 1-3, Duhon 0-3), Sac 3-20 (Thornton 3-9, Garcia 0-1, Evans 0-1, Outlaw 0-2, Fredette 0-2, Greene 0-2, Salmons 0-3). Fouled OutThornton. ReboundsOrlando 54 (Anderson 11), Sac 48 (Hickson 11). AssistsOrlando 24 (Nelson 6), Sac 16 (Evans 8). Total FoulsOrlando 20, Sac 24. TechnicalsHoward, Turkoglu, Sacramento defensive three second. A14,150.

Thunder 108, Spurs 96

SAN ANTONIO (96): Jefferson 4-8 2-4 13, Duncan 5-13 1-2 11, Blair 3-5 1-3 7, Parker 1-8 2-2 4, Neal 7-12 2-2 18, Green 2-7 0-0 6, Splitter 3-5 4-4 10, Leonard 6-10 1-1 13, Bonner 1-3 0-0 2, Ford 1-5 4-5 6, Anderson 2-7 0-0 4, Diogu 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 35-84 19-25 96.

OKLAHOMA CITY (108): Durant 5-9 10-10 21, Ibaka 4-6 2-3 10, Perkins 1-4 0-0 2, Westbrook 5-13 2-2 13, Sefolosha 3-5 1-1 9, Collison 6-7 0-0 12, Harden 6-11 6-9 20, Jackson 4-9 2-2 11, Cook 0-4 0-0 0, Mohammed 0-1 0-0 0, Hayward 0-1 2-2 2, Aldrich 3-3 0-0 6, Ivey 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 38-75 25-29 108.

San Antonio 22 26 21 27— 96

Oklahoma City 24 30 37 17— 108

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 7-12 (Jefferson 3-4, Green 2-2, Neal 2-3, Bonner 0-1, Anderson 0-2), Okl City 7-19 (Sefolosha 2-2, Harden 2-5, Durant 1-1, Jackson 1-3, Westbrook 1-3, Hayward 0-1, Ivey 0-1, Cook 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 45 (Leonard 10), Okl City 51 (Durant, Collison 10). AssistsSan Antonio 20 (Parker 7), Okl City 25 (Durant 7). Total FoulsSan Antonio 22, Okl City 19. TechnicalsBlair, Perkins. A18,203.

Timberwolves 93, Wizards 72

MINNESOTA (93): Johnson 2-8 1-2 5, Love 7-16 5-7 20, Milicic 1-4 0-0 2, Ridnour 6-10 0-0 13, Ellington 5-8 1-2 13, Rubio 5-14 2-2 13, Williams 5-12 0-0 14, Tolliver 4-6 2-2 11, Randolph 1-1 0-0 2, Pekovic 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-80 11-15 93.

WASHINGTON (72): Singleton 1-8 1-2 3, Blatche 5-16 0-0 10, McGee 3-9 2-3 8, Wall 3-10 4-4 10, Young 6-16 0-0 14, Booker 7-9 0-2 14, Seraphin 0-1 0-0 0, Vesely 1-1 0-2 2, Crawford 3-11 2-3 8, Mason 1-4 0-0 3, Mack 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-87 9-16 72.

Minnesota 20 28 27 18— 93

Washington 17 17 26 12— 72

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 10-26 (Williams 4-7, Ellington 2-3, Rubio 1-2, Tolliver 1-2, Ridnour 1-4, Love 1-4, Johnson 0-4), Washington 3-10 (Young 2-3, Mason 1-2, Wall 0-1, Singleton 0-2, Crawford 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMinnesota 58 (Love 16), Washington 54 (Blatche, McGee 9). AssistsMinnesota 22 (Rubio 14), Washington 15 (Wall 6). Total FoulsMinnesota 18, Washington 17. TechnicalsBooker. Flagrant Fouls—Singleton. A13,095.

Suns 109, Bucks 93

MILWAUKEE (93): Jackson 3-7 1-2 8, Ilyasova 4-12 2-4 11, Gooden 3-12 2-2 8, Jennings 2-7 1-1 5, Delfino 4-8 0-0 9, Leuer 4-9 3-4 11, Livingston 6-9 0-0 12, Harris 4-8 7-10 15, Sanders 4-7 0-0 8, Hobson 2-5 0-0 4, Brockman 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 37-86 16-24 93.

PHOENIX (109): Hill 6-11 1-1 14, Frye 6-7 0-0 16, Gortat 9-10 0-0 18, Nash 5-7 0-0 10, Dudley 5-10 0-0 11, Brown 2-8 10-12 14, Morris 5-10 0-0 13, Warrick 1-3 2-4 4, Lopez 1-4 0-0 2, Price 2-3 0-0 4, Telfair 1-4 0-0 3, Childress 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-77 13-17 109.

Milwaukee 25 22 19 27— 93

Phoenix 30 27 34 18— 109

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 3-15 (Jackson 1-2, Ilyasova 1-3, Delfino 1-4, Harris 0-1, Gooden 0-1, Hobson 0-2, Jennings 0-2), Phoenix 10-22 (Frye 4-4, Morris 3-4, Telfair 1-1, Hill 1-3, Dudley 1-4, Warrick 0-1, Nash 0-1, Price 0-1, Brown 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 52 (Ilyasova 8), Phoenix 43 (Morris 10). AssistsMilwaukee 23 (Livingston, Jennings 4), Phoenix 30 (Nash 17). Total FoulsMilwaukee 13, Phoenix 20. TechnicalsMilwaukee defensive three second, Phoenix defensive three second. A13,420.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Davis props up Magic in pinch 01/08/12 [Last modified: Sunday, January 8, 2012 11:17pm]

    

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