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Magic awakens in fourth to rally

Forward Hedo Turkoglu, shooting around Raptors forward Amir Johnson during the second half, put the Magic ahead for good with a late 3-pointer that erased a double-digit deficit.

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Forward Hedo Turkoglu, shooting around Raptors forward Amir Johnson during the second half, put the Magic ahead for good with a late 3-pointer that erased a double-digit deficit.

ORLANDO — For much of three quarters Sunday, the Magic looked awful against the Raptors.

Orlando's offense looked out of sync. Andrea Bargnani scored at will. And Toronto simply played with more energy.

All that changed in the fourth quarter. Trailing by 13 with 9:42 left, the Magic went on a 26-6 run to take control.

After looking for three quarters as if it were suffering from a hangover, the Magic found a way to celebrate New Year's Day, beating the Raptors 102-96.

For perhaps the first time all season, fans brought sustained noise to Amway Center.

An announced sellout crowd of 18,846 rose to its feet when Hedo Turkoglu hit a fadeaway 3-pointer to put Orlando ahead 91-89. And the fans cheered wildly again when Ryan Anderson sank a 3 from the right corner to extend that lead to 94-89.

Anderson led all Magic players with 24 points. J.J. Redick had 21, and Dwight Howard had 19 points and 15 rebounds.

The game seemed lost for Orlando early in the fourth quarter. DeMar DeRozan sank two free throws to give the Raptors an 87-74 lead with 9:42 left that seemed like the final blow.

Orlando's offense looked stagnant early in the game and for portions of the second and third quarters. The Magic missed nine of its first 11 shots and 12 of its first 15.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Chris Bosh scored 20 of his 24 in the first half, and the host Heat improved to 5-0 for the first time by rolling past the Bobcats 129-90. Miami guard Dwyane Wade had 22 points and topped 14,000 for his career. … Rajon Rondo had 18 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds to lead the visiting Celtics over the Wizards 94-86, Boston's second straight win after it lost its first three. … Kevin Love had 25 points and 17 rebounds and hit two huge 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the host Timberwolves beat the Mavericks 99-82 and end an 18-game skid dating to last season.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Kings said center DeMarcus Cousins has demanded a trade and been told to stay away from the team. Coach Paul Westphal released a statement saying that when Cousins "continually, aggressively, lets it be known that he is unwilling/unable to embrace traveling in the same direction as his team, it cannot be ignored indefinitely." … Bulls shooting guard Richard Hamilton was a late scratch with an injured left groin. … Heat forward LeBron James and longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson, mother of his two sons, announced their engagement.

Magic 102, Raptors 96

TORONTO (96): Butler 0-2 3-3 3, Bargnani 10-21 7-7 28, A.Johnson 3-5 2-2 8, Calderon 6-9 3-3 18, DeRozan 4-12 8-9 17, Magloire 3-3 1-1 7, J.Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Barbosa 3-8 3-4 9, E.Davis 1-4 0-0 2, Carter 2-5 0-0 4, Alabi 0-0 0-0 0, Forbes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-70 27-29 96.

ORLANDO (102): Turkoglu 6-14 1-1 15, Anderson 9-16 1-1 24, Howard 7-11 5-9 19, Nelson 4-7 0-0 9, J.Richardson 1-8 2-4 5, G.Davis 3-6 1-2 7, Redick 6-10 6-7 21, Duhon 1-3 0-0 2, Clark 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-75 16-24 102.

Toronto 27 25 29 15— 96

Orlando 18 29 23 32— 102

3-Point GoalsToronto 5-13 (Calderon 3-4, DeRozan 1-2, Bargnani 1-3, Butler 0-1, Barbosa 0-1, Carter 0-2), Orlando 12-27 (Anderson 5-8, Redick 3-5, Turkoglu 2-5, Nelson 1-2, J.Richardson 1-5, G.Davis 0-1, Duhon 0-1). Fouled OutBarbosa. ReboundsToronto 38 (Bargnani 7), Orlando 48 (Howard 15). AssistsToronto 23 (Calderon 13), Orlando 20 (Turkoglu 7). Total FoulsToronto 27, Orlando 22. TechnicalsOrlando defensive three second. A18,846 (18,500).

Heat 129, Bobcats 90

CHARLOTTE (90): Maggette 0-6 2-2 2, White 10-12 0-0 21, Diaw 2-4 0-0 5, Augustin 1-11 2-2 4, Henderson 4-13 0-0 8, Diop 0-2 0-0 0, Biyombo 2-5 2-6 6, Mullens 1-6 4-4 6, Walker 6-13 3-5 17, Carroll 1-4 0-0 2, Brown 6-11 1-2 14, Higgins 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 35-92 14-21 90.

MIAMI (129): James 6-10 4-6 16, Bosh 9-13 6-6 24, Anthony 3-5 2-2 8, Chalmers 6-7 0-0 16, Wade 9-16 4-4 22, Battier 0-3 0-2 0, Haslem 1-4 4-4 6, Jones 2-4 0-0 6, Cole 6-8 4-5 16, Harris 3-6 2-2 9, Gladness 1-1 0-0 2, Pittman 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 48-80 26-31 129.

Charlotte 15 22 27 26— 90

Miami 33 32 27 37— 129

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 6-18 (Walker 2-4, Higgins 1-1, Diaw 1-1, White 1-1, Brown 1-2, Henderson 0-1, Maggette 0-2, Augustin 0-3, Carroll 0-3), Miami 7-11 (Chalmers 4-4, Jones 2-4, Harris 1-2, Battier 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCharlotte 50 (Brown 7), Miami 51 (Bosh 10). AssistsCharlotte 20 (Augustin 7), Miami 33 (Cole 9). Total FoulsCharlotte 20, Miami 18. A20,016 (19,600).

Celtics 94, Wizards 86

BOSTON (94): Pierce 2-8 4-6 9, Garnett 9-17 6-6 24, O'Neal 4-7 0-0 8, Rondo 7-10 4-7 18, Allen 5-10 1-2 13, Bass 4-8 0-0 8, Dooling 2-3 0-2 6, Bradley 1-2 0-0 2, Daniels 1-3 0-0 2, Stiemsma 2-4 0-0 4, Moore 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 37-74 15-23 94.

WASHINGTON (86): Lewis 4-12 0-0 8, Blatche 4-7 2-2 10, McGee 6-15 4-5 16, Wall 6-13 7-9 19, Young 7-15 4-4 18, Crawford 1-7 2-2 5, Singleton 0-1 0-0 0, Turiaf 0-0 0-0 0, Booker 3-4 1-1 7, Mason 1-4 0-0 3, Mack 0-0 0-0 0, Seraphin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-78 20-23 86.

Boston 28 23 22 21— 94

Washington 17 17 26 26— 86

3-Point GoalsBoston 5-12 (Dooling 2-2, Allen 2-5, Pierce 1-4, Bradley 0-1), Washington 2-16 (Crawford 1-4, Mason 1-4, Singleton 0-1, Young 0-3, Lewis 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 48 (Rondo 11), Washington 46 (McGee 14). AssistsBoston 26 (Rondo 14), Washington 15 (Wall 8). Total FoulsBoston 20, Washington 21. A17,458 (20,278).

Cavaliers 98, Nets 82

NEW JERSEY (82): Humphries 1-5 9-11 11, James 3-5 4-6 10, Okur 4-10 0-0 10, D.Williams 6-16 3-4 16, Gaines 5-12 0-2 11, Brooks 0-3 0-0 0, Sha.Williams 1-2 0-0 2, She.Williams 1-3 2-2 4, Morrow 5-13 3-3 15, Stevenson 1-2 0-0 3, Horner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-71 21-28 82.

CLEVELAND (98): Casspi 3-7 2-2 9, Jamison 10-15 0-0 23, Varejao 1-5 0-0 2, Irving 5-11 0-0 13, Parker 2-7 0-0 4, Gee 4-8 0-0 11, Gibson 6-12 2-2 19, Sessions 2-6 0-0 5, Samuels 1-2 1-1 3, T.Thompson 4-5 1-6 9. Totals 38-78 6-11 98.

New Jersey 27 22 18 15— 82

Cleveland 24 19 30 25— 98

3-Point GoalsNew Jersey 7-22 (Okur 2-5, Morrow 2-6, Stevenson 1-2, Gaines 1-3, D.Williams 1-4, James 0-1, Brooks 0-1), Cleveland 16-26 (Gibson 5-7, Jamison 3-3, Irving 3-4, Gee 3-5, Casspi 1-1, Sessions 1-2, Parker 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Jersey 46 (Okur 8), Cleveland 50 (Varejao 11). AssistsNew Jersey 16 (D.Williams 5), Cleveland 24 (Sessions 8). Total FoulsNew Jersey 16, Cleveland 26. A15,084 (20,562).

Wolves 99, Mavericks 82

DALLAS (82): Marion 1-3 6-6 8, Nowitzki 9-20 1-1 21, Haywood 2-3 2-2 6, Kidd 1-5 0-0 3, West 6-9 1-1 13, Terry 4-11 0-0 10, Odom 2-7 1-4 7, Mahinmi 2-3 2-3 6, Carter 1-7 4-4 6, Beaubois 1-3 0-0 2, Cardinal 0-4 0-0 0, S.Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-77 17-21 82.

MINNESOTA (99): Beasley 3-10 2-4 8, Love 9-16 2-2 25, Milicic 2-3 3-4 7, Ridnour 5-9 1-1 11, Johnson 1-7 0-0 2, Barea 4-11 0-1 8, Rubio 4-8 4-4 14, Randolph 1-6 2-2 4, Tolliver 5-8 0-0 13, D.Williams 1-3 2-4 4, Ellington 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 36-85 17-24 99.

Dallas 25 16 28 13— 82

Minnesota 25 25 24 25— 99

3-Point GoalsDallas 7-24 (Nowitzki 2-3, Terry 2-4, Odom 2-4, Kidd 1-5, Beaubois 0-1, Carter 0-1, Marion 0-1, West 0-1, Cardinal 0-4), Minnesota 10-22 (Love 5-6, Tolliver 3-5, Rubio 2-3, Johnson 0-2, Ridnour 0-3, Barea 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 44 (Marion 6), Minnesota 64 (Love 17). AssistsDallas 17 (Kidd 5), Minnesota 15 (Rubio 7). Total FoulsDallas 22, Minnesota 17. TechnicalsOdom, Randolph. A15,115 (19,356).

Magic awakens in fourth to rally 01/01/12 [Last modified: Sunday, January 1, 2012 10:22pm]

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