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Magic bares teeth, extends Lakers' slide

Magic guard Vince Carter, who finished with 25 points — 13 on free throws — draws a foul from Lakers center Josh Powell in the first half. Orlando won the physical contest 96-94 and the Lakers have lost three in a row.

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Magic guard Vince Carter, who finished with 25 points — 13 on free throws — draws a foul from Lakers center Josh Powell in the first half. Orlando won the physical contest 96-94 and the Lakers have lost three in a row.

ORLANDO — Dwight Howard was barking in the locker room, mocking some Lakers he claimed called his Magic team "puppies."

Out on the court, the Magic showed it can bite.

Vince Carter had 25 points, Howard finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds and the Magic beat the Lakers 96-94 on Sunday to hand Los Angeles its first three-game losing streak of the Pau Gasol-Kobe Bryant era.

"Alpha dogs usually have the big bark," Howard said afterward. "But since we're so-called puppies, we won't bark as loud."

Carter made his first 13 free throws and kept the Magic in control of the rematch from last year's NBA Finals.

And feisty Matt Barnes displayed some physicality.

"You could see it in everybody's faces and everybody's demeanor," Carter said. "Everybody on that floor wanted to win that game. It wasn't just, 'Yeah, okay, whatever.' It was, 'Let's go get it.' "

Bryant played through a stomach illness to score 34 but he missed a 20-footer at the buzzer.

Bryant and Barnes continuously traded elbows in the testy game. "We can't be the hunted anymore. We got to be the hunters," Barnes said.

Game highlights: Tayshaun Prince scored 29 as the host Pistons ended a six-game losing streak with a 110-107 overtime win over the Rockets.

Around the league: Demoted point guard Rafer Alston, who failed to appear at Saturday's game and has been in contact with the Heat only via text message, was suspended indefinitely without pay, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

Magic 96, Lakers 94

L.A. LAKERS (94): Artest 2-10 3-4 8, Gasol 8-13 4-4 20, Bynum 1-5 3-4 5, Fisher 4-12 2-2 11, Bryant 12-30 8-8 34, Odom 3-7 2-2 8, Farmar 0-4 0-0 0, Powell 0-0 1-2 1, Brown 3-7 0-0 7. Totals 33-88 23-26 94.

ORLANDO (96): Barnes 4-9 1-2 10, Lewis 4-13 0-1 12, Howard 6-14 3-8 15, Nelson 5-14 5-6 15, Carter 5-10 13-14 25, Bass 0-0 2-2 2, Pietrus 2-3 2-4 7, Williams 1-4 2-2 4, Gortat 3-3 0-0 6, Redick 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 30-73 28-39 96.

L.A. Lakers 24 24 16 30— 94

Orlando 31 21 22 22— 96

3-Point GoalsLakers 5-17 (Bryant 2-5, Brown 1-2, Fisher 1-3, Artest 1-5, Farmar 0-2), Orlando 8-24 (Lewis 4-9, Carter 2-4, Pietrus 1-2, Barnes 1-3, Williams 0-3, Nelson 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsLakers 49 (Gasol 11), Orlando 63 (Howard 16). AssistsLakers 16 (Bryant 7), Orlando 18 (Nelson 7). Total FoulsLakers 28, Orlando 25. TechnicalsBryant, Barnes, Howard. Flagrant Fouls—Gasol. A17,461.

76ers 114, Raptors 101

PHILADELPHIA (114): Iguodala 5-11 5-8 16, Young 13-18 3-4 32, Brand 6-12 0-0 12, Williams 4-9 4-4 12, Holiday 8-12 2-2 21, Dalembert 4-5 0-0 8, Green 2-5 0-0 5, Smith 2-5 1-1 5, Kapono 0-2 0-0 0, Carney 1-1 0-0 3, Speights 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 45-81 15-19 114.

TORONTO (101): Weems 5-7 0-0 10, Bosh 6-14 0-0 12, Bargnani 5-10 0-0 11, Jack 9-14 0-0 20, DeRozan 3-8 3-4 9, Johnson 2-2 1-1 5, Wright 2-10 0-0 5, Evans 4-5 2-5 10, Belinelli 4-6 2-2 11, Calderon 3-8 0-0 8. Totals 43-84 8-12 101.

Philadelphia 24 31 34 25— 114

Toronto 24 23 28 26— 101

3-Point GoalsPhi. 9-12 (Holiday 3-4, Young 3-4, Carney 1-1, Iguodala 1-1, Green 1-2), Toronto 7-18 (Calderon 2-3, Jack 2-4, Belinelli 1-2, Bargnani 1-4, Wright 1-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhi. 46 (Brand 9), Toronto 39 (Bosh 12). AssistsPhi. 25 (Iguodala 10), Toronto 23 (Jack 9). Total FoulsPhi. 16, Toronto 19. TechsCalderon, Toronto three second. A18,736.

Pistons 110, Rockets 107, OT

HOUSTON (107): Battier 4-11 0-0 10, Scola 8-15 4-4 20, Hayes 0-1 0-0 0, Brooks 10-23 3-4 25, Martin 8-18 9-9 27, Jeffries 2-5 2-3 6, Budinger 3-4 0-1 7, Conroy 0-1 0-0 0, Hill 5-9 2-2 12. Totals 40-87 20-23 107.

DETROIT (110): Prince 13-22 2-4 29, Jerebko 5-10 4-6 16, Maxiell 2-7 2-4 6, Bynum 6-13 0-0 12, Hamilton 8-16 6-7 22, Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Villanueva 6-13 0-0 15, Gordon 1-7 4-4 6, Daye 2-2 0-0 4, Summers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-91 18-25 110.

Houston 20 35 31 16 5— 107

Detroit 29 28 25 20 8— 110

3-Point GoalsHouston 7-28 (Martin 2-6, Battier 2-7, Brooks 2-10, Budinger 1-2, Scola 0-1, Conroy 0-1, Jeffries 0-1), Detroit 6-13 (Villanueva 3-6, Jerebko 2-4, Prince 1-2, Gordon 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsHouston 49 (Scola 15), Detroit 56 (Maxiell 16). AssistsHouston 20 (Brooks 7), Detroit 26 (Bynum 11). Total FoulsHouston 17, Detroit 24. TechnicalsHamilton, Wallace, Detroit defensive three second. A18,422.

Celtics 86, Wizards 83

WASHINGTON (83): Thornton 10-17 3-5 24, Blatche 10-20 3-3 23, McGee 2-3 9-10 13, Foye 3-14 3-3 9, Miller 3-7 2-3 8, Singleton 2-3 0-0 4, Ross 0-1 0-0 0, Boykins 1-2 0-0 2, Young 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-68 20-24 83.

BOSTON (86): Pierce 6-11 5-6 17, Garnett 0-7 8-10 8, Perkins 5-7 2-2 12, Rondo 6-12 2-3 15, R.Allen 10-15 1-1 25, Daniels 1-4 0-0 2, Wallace 1-6 2-2 4, Davis 1-7 1-2 3, Robinson 0-3 0-0 0, T.Allen 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-73 21-26 86.

Washington 25 19 22 17— 83

Boston 19 19 24 24— 86

3-Point GoalsWashington 1-11 (Thornton 1-2, Boykins 0-1, Young 0-1, Miller 0-2, Foye 0-5), Boston 5-12 (R.Allen 4-6, Rondo 1-1, Robinson 0-1, Wallace 0-2, Pierce 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsWashington 42 (Thornton 11), Boston 47 (Garnett 10). AssistsWashington 13 (Foye 8), Boston 15 (Rondo 7). Total FoulsWashington 18, Boston 21. TechnicalsWashington Coach Saunders, Boston three second. A18,624.

Thunder 108, Kings 102

OKLA CITY (108): Durant 9-21 8-8 27, Green 5-12 1-1 12, Krstic 2-6 1-2 5, Westbrook 8-18 5-6 21, Sefolosha 4-7 2-2 10, Collison 2-3 0-0 4, Harden 5-10 3-3 14, Maynor 1-3 1-2 4, Ibaka 5-6 1-1 11. Totals 41-86 22-25 108.

SACRAMENTO (102): Greene 3-7 2-3 8, Landry 9-13 2-5 20, Hawes 2-6 0-2 4, Udrih 3-8 3-3 10, Evans 9-16 4-7 24, Garcia 6-10 0-0 14, Thompson 5-12 1-1 11, McGuire 1-1 0-0 2, Nocioni 2-6 2-2 6, Udoka 1-2 1-1 3. Totals 41-81 15-24 102.

Oklahoma City 26 31 24 27— 108

Sacramento 25 27 27 23— 102

3-Point GoalsOkla. City 4-14 (Maynor 1-2, Green 1-3, Harden 1-3, Durant 1-3, Westbrook 0-1, Sefolosha 0-2), Sac. 5-9 (Garcia 2-3, Evans 2-3, Udrih 1-2, Nocioni 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOkla. City 52 (Krstic 10), Sac. 45 (Landry, Thompson 8). AssistsOkla. City 15 (Durant 5), Sac. 21 (Evans 7). Total FoulsOkla. City 20, Sac. 22. TechsDurant, Green, Westbrook, Evans. Flagrant Fouls—Nocioni. A12,081.

Magic bares teeth, extends Lakers' slide 03/07/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 8, 2010 12:28am]
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