Howard ends skid in Phoenix

Dwight Howard scores 26, surpasses 10,000 career points and Magic ends nine-season dry spell in Phoenix.

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Dwight Howard scores 26, surpasses 10,000 career points and Magic ends nine-season dry spell in Phoenix.

PHOENIX — Dwight Howard was 15 years old the last time the Magic won in Phoenix. It was the only NBA city where he had not walked away a winner.

Until Sunday, and it wasn't even close.

Howard had 26 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots, then watched the fourth quarter from the bench as the Magic completed a 111-88 rout of the Suns for its first victory in Phoenix in nine seasons.

"We hadn't won here since I have been in the NBA, so that was our whole focus," Howard said, "to get a good win."

With a hook shot over Robin Lopez in the third quarter, Howard topped 10,000 career points. Big deal, he said.

"I never look at the points," he said. "Rebounds and blocks are what win games for me."

Aaron Brooks, starting in place of injured point guard Steve Nash, had 19 points and 10 assists, but the Suns were blown out at home for the second game in a row.

Nash missed the game with "pelvic instability." Coach Alvin Gentry said Nash probably will miss tonight's game at Houston.

Orlando finished the third on an 11-1 run, the last five points by Howard, to lead 87-65 entering the fourth.

"My job is to dominate on both ends of the court, and I like to get some blocks early just so they know they can't come down the lane, and that sets the tone," Howard said.

Game highlights: Ray Allen scored 17 in just three quarters and the host Celtics set a franchise record for fewest points allowed in the shot clock era in an 87-56 victory over the Bucks. It was the lowest score against the Celtics since they beat the Milwaukee Hawks 62-57 at Providence, R.I., on Feb. 27, 1955. … Russell Westbrook scored 14 of his 20 in the third quarter to awaken his listless teammates, and the Thunder topped the host Cavaliers 95-75. … Tyler Hansbrough scored a career-high 29, and the Pacers ended a six-game losing streak with a 106-93 victory over the host Knicks. … D.J. Augustin scored 23 to help the Bobcats end a five-game road losing streak, 95-90 over the Raptors.

Around the league: A Chicago court awarded Heat guard Dwyane Wade sole custody of his two sons. Wade said "a huge weight is off my back." … Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who stepped on a nail at home several days ago, was admitted to a hospital because of an infected foot. It's unclear when he will return to the court.

Magic 111, Suns 88

ORLANDO (111): Turkoglu 5-8 2-2 13, Bass 7-10 3-4 17, Howard 9-17 8-13 26, Nelson 5-9 1-2 14, J.Richardson 4-14 1-2 10, Arenas 5-10 4-5 16, Anderson 3-10 4-4 11, Duhon 0-1 1-2 1, Q.Richardson 0-4 1-2 1, Clark 1-3 0-0 2, Allen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-86 25-36 111.

PHOENIX (88): Hill 2-4 0-0 4, Warrick 1-7 5-6 7, Lopez 1-3 0-0 2, Brooks 8-14 3-5 19, Carter 3-9 4-4 11, Gortat 6-9 0-0 12, Pietrus 4-12 3-6 14, Dudley 3-7 4-5 10, Childress 1-5 0-0 2, Dowdell 2-8 2-2 6, Siler 0-2 1-4 1. Totals 31-80 22-32 88.

Orlando 32 29 26 24— 111

Phoenix 26 26 13 23— 88

3-Point GoalsOrlando 8-24 (Nelson 3-5, Arenas 2-4, Turkoglu 1-3, Anderson 1-4, J.Richardson 1-5, Duhon 0-1, Q.Richardson 0-2), Phoenix 4-15 (Pietrus 3-8, Carter 1-4, Childress 0-1, Dowdell 0-1, Brooks 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 70 (Howard 15), Phoenix 47 (Warrick 8). AssistsOrlando 15 (Duhon 4), Phoenix 18 (Brooks 10). Total FoulsOrlando 19, Phoenix 20. TechnicalsOrlando three second, Phoenix Coach Gentry, Pietrus. A18,091.

Bobcats 95, Raptors 90

CHARLOTTE (95): Jackson 5-14 4-6 15, Diaw 7-9 0-0 15, Brown 1-3 4-4 6, Augustin 8-14 4-4 23, Henderson 7-13 4-4 18, Thomas 1-4 2-4 4, White 1-3 0-0 2, Najera 0-0 0-0 0, Livingston 1-2 2-2 4, Cunningham 4-6 0-0 8. Totals 35-68 20-24 95.

TORONTO (90): J.Johnson 2-6 3-4 7, Davis 3-7 2-6 8, Bargnani 6-12 4-6 17, Calderon 5-8 3-3 13, DeRozan 4-13 3-4 11, Evans 2-3 2-3 6, Bayless 3-6 2-4 9, Weems 2-6 0-0 4, Barbosa 6-18 1-1 15, Dorsey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-79 20-31 90.

Charlotte 24 26 26 19— 95

Toronto 22 25 24 19— 90

3-Point GoalsCha. 5-12 (Augustin 3-5, Diaw 1-3, Jackson 1-4), Tor. 4-17 (Barbosa 2-7, Bayless 1-1, Bargnani 1-2, Evans 0-1, DeRozan 0-2, Weems 0-2, Calderon 0-2). Fouled OutNone. RebsCha. 38 (Jackson, Brown 5), Tor. 56 (Evans 17). AstsCha. 18 (Diaw 6), Tor. 19 (Calderon 7). Ttl FoulsCha. 23, Tor. 23. TechsHenderson, Cha. three second. A16,557.

Thunder 95, Cavaliers 75

OKLAHOMA CITY (95): Durant 6-12 6-6 19, Ibaka 3-12 2-2 8, Mohammed 5-7 1-1 11, Westbrook 10-16 0-0 20, Sefolosha 3-5 0-0 6, Collison 1-5 0-0 2, Harden 5-10 3-4 16, Maynor 2-7 0-0 5, Aldrich 0-0 0-0 0, Cook 3-8 0-1 8, Ivey 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 38-84 12-14 95.

CLEVELAND (75): Gee 2-6 4-6 8, Samuels 3-11 4-5 10, Hickson 4-10 0-0 8, Sessions 1-7 2-4 4, Parker 4-6 0-1 9, Harangody 0-8 3-4 3, Gibson 5-11 1-2 13, Eyenga 2-6 0-0 4, Hollins 2-6 2-2 6, Harris 2-6 0-2 6, Graham 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 27-80 16-26 75.

Oklahoma City 29 21 25 20— 95

Cleveland 14 24 18 19— 75

3-Point GoalsOkl.City 7-23 (Harden 3-7, Cook 2-7, Maynor 1-3, Durant 1-4, Ivey 0-1, Sefolosha 0-1), Cleveland 5-14 (Harris 2-3, Gibson 2-3, Parker 1-2, Eyenga 0-1, Gee 0-1, Harangody 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOkl.City 51 (Ibaka 14), Cle. 60 (Hickson 15). AssistsOkl.City 25 (Maynor 8), Cle. 16 (Sessions 5). Total FoulsOkl.City 20, Cle. 15. TechnicalsDurant, Cleveland defensive three second. A19,811.

Celtics 87, Bucks 56

MILWAUKEE (56): Delfino 1-6 0-0 3, Mbah a Moute 3-6 1-1 7, Bogut 4-6 0-0 8, Jennings 3-8 1-3 8, Salmons 0-5 0-0 0, Sanders 1-4 1-2 3, Dooling 3-9 0-2 7, Douglas-Roberts 1-7 0-0 2, Boykins 1-7 0-0 2, Maggette 0-3 3-4 3, Brockman 1-2 1-1 3, Barron 4-7 2-2 10. Totals 22-70 9-15 56.

BOSTON (87): Pierce 4-7 6-7 14, Garnett 4-7 0-0 8, Krstic 5-8 1-2 11, Rondo 1-6 0-0 2, Allen 6-10 3-3 17, Arroyo 1-5 0-0 2, Green 4-10 3-4 11, Davis 3-6 3-3 9, Pavlovic 0-3 1-2 1, Murphy 5-7 2-3 12, Bradley 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 33-72 19-24 87.

Milwaukee 9 13 16 18— 56

Boston 20 19 21 27— 87

3-Point GoalsMil. 3-14 (Jennings 1-3, Delfino 1-3, Dooling 1-3, Boykins 0-1, Salmons 0-1, Douglas-Roberts 0-1, Maggette 0-2), Boston 2-5 (Allen 2-2, Green 0-1, Murphy 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMil. 36 (Bogut 8), Boston 62 (Krstic 14). AssistsMil. 13 (Jennings 3), Boston 19 (Arroyo 6). Total FoulsMil. 22, Boston 15. TechnicalsBos. three second 3. A18,624.

Pacers 106, Knicks 93

INDIANA (106): Hansbrough 12-20 5-7 29, D.Jones 5-11 7-8 18, Hibbert 5-7 2-2 12, Collison 6-10 3-4 16, George 3-4 0-0 6, Rush 3-6 1-2 8, McRoberts 1-1 2-2 4, Foster 0-0 0-0 0, Price 3-6 1-2 7, Posey 2-5 0-0 6. Totals 40-70 21-27 106.

NEW YORK (93): Anthony 9-22 6-6 25, Stoudemire 8-15 12-14 28, Jeffries 0-3 0-2 0, Billups 4-14 1-2 9, Fields 1-3 3-4 5, Douglas 1-12 0-0 3, Turiaf 1-1 2-4 4, Sha.Williams 4-7 2-2 13, Mason 0-3 0-0 0, Walker 2-2 0-0 6. Totals 30-82 26-34 93.

Indiana 29 25 31 21— 106

New York 21 25 26 21— 93

3-Point GoalsInd. 5-12 (Posey 2-5, Collison 1-1, Rush 1-1, D.Jones 1-3, Price 0-2), N.Y. 7-30 (Sha.Williams 3-6, Walker 2-2, Anthony 1-5, Douglas 1-8, Mason 0-2, Billups 0-7). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsInd. 39 (Hansbrough, Hibbert 8), N.Y. 57 (Billups, Stoudemire 6). AssistsInd. 19 (Collison 8), N.Y. 11 (Billups 4). Total FoulsIndiana 27, New York 25. A19,763.

Howard ends skid in Phoenix 03/13/11 [Last modified: Sunday, March 13, 2011 10:33pm]

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