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Magic damages Bulls' playoff push

ORLANDO — Orlando journeyman center Dewayne Dedmon had a career-high 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Jason Smith added 14 points off the bench as the Magic dealt the Bulls a blow to their fading playoff hopes Saturday night with a 111-89 victory.

Elfrid Payton scored 15 and had 10 assists, Andrew Nicholson added 14 points and Evan Fournier scored 12 for the Magic, who snapped a six-game skid despite being without the injured Victor Oladipo for the second straight game.

Chicago, fighting to climb back into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, dropped its third straight.

Former MVP Derrick Rose had just nine points for the Bulls while struggling to find his shooting touch on a 4-of-14 shooting night. Taj Gibson, who dominated in the paint, led the Bulls with 16 points.

The Magic opened the fourth quarter with an 11-0 run to increase their lead to 100-71 to all but put the game away.

After a poor first half, Chicago seemed to get into rhythm early in the third quarter, cutting an 18-point halftime deficit to nine with 6:27 to play.

But that run was short-lived as Aaron Gordon came up with back-to-back baskets to spark a 10-0 run that pushed the Magic's lead back to 20 at 89-69 late in the third quarter.

The Bulls played with little urgency in the first half and as a result trailed the Magic, long out of the playoff hunt, 68-50 at halftime. Orlando led by as many as 20 points as it built a sizeable lead in the second quarter.

Chicago and center Pau Gasol had no answer for Dedmon, who dominated the paint in the first half. Dedmon had already scored a career-high 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting before halftime.

Gibson was the lone bright spot for Chicago in the first half with 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting. Jimmy Butler also had 10 points.

Game highlights: Paul Millsap had 23 points and nine rebounds and the Hawks snapped the Pistons' five-game winning streak with a 112-95 victory. Atlanta, which has won 13 of 16, moved a game ahead of Miami atop the Southeast Division. Detroit remained two games ahead of Chicago for the final playoff spot in the East. … LeBron James had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in his third triple double of the season and Kevin Love added 28 points and 12 rebounds as the visiting Cavaliers, with Kyrie Irving resting, beat the Knicks 107-93. … Brook Lopez scored 23 and Sergey Karasev added a career-high 17 points as the host Nets beat the Pacers 120-110. … DeMar DeRozan scored 23 and Patrick Patterson had 16 points as the visiting Raptors topped the Pelicans 115-91 to tie a franchise record with their 49th victory this season.

Clippers' Griffin back at practice: All-Star Clippers forward Blake Griffin was cleared to practice, meaning his return from the quadriceps and hand injuries that have sidelined him for more than three months could come within a week or so, the Los Angeles Times reported. Whenever he is activated, Griffin must also serve a four-game suspension for punching team assistant equipment manager Matias Testi, an altercation that resulted in Griffin's broken right hand.

Cuban blasts refs during game: Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about ripping into officials after a game. But Cuban took things to another level Friday after a traveling call went against Dallas in the first half of its 128-120 loss at Golden State, not to mention some no-calls that Cuban thought should have gone against the Warriors. Cuban took to Twitter to call out official Derrick Stafford by name. "Derrick Stafford has mailed it in. That travel was not a travel and the no calls. Rick (Carlisle, the Mavs' coach) needs to get a tech," Cuban tweeted. The Warriors improved to 34-0 this season and won their 52nd straight at home dating to last season, extending their league record, as Klay Thompson had 40 points and Stephen Curry scored 33.

Magic 111, Bulls 89

CHICAGO (89): Dunleavy 3-7 3-3 10, Gibson 8-9 0-0 16, Gasol 3-6 1-2 7, Rose 4-14 0-2 9, Butler 5-10 2-4 12, Mirotic 1-7 1-2 4, McDermott 5-10 0-0 12, Holiday 1-6 2-2 4, Portis 1-8 2-2 4, Brooks 3-6 0-0 6, Felicio 1-2 0-0 2, Snell 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 36-88 11-17 89.

ORLANDO (111): Fournier 5-9 2-3 12, Gordon 4-9 0-0 9, Dedmon 9-14 0-0 18, Payton 7-9 1-1 15, Hezonja 2-3 0-0 5, Marble 3-6 1-1 8, Watson 2-5 1-2 6, Smith 7-12 0-0 14, Nicholson 5-13 3-5 14, Jennings 3-5 0-0 7, Napier 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 48-89 8-12 111.

Chicago 22 28 21 18— 89

Orlando 36 32 21 22— 111

3-Point GoalsChicago 6-24 (McDermott 2-2, Dunleavy 1-2, Snell 1-2, Rose 1-4, Mirotic 1-7, Portis 0-1, Butler 0-1, Brooks 0-1, Gasol 0-1, Holiday 0-3), Orlando 7-19 (Hezonja 1-1, Jennings 1-1, Watson 1-2, Marble 1-2, Napier 1-3, Gordon 1-3, Nicholson 1-4, Smith 0-1, Fournier 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 51 (Portis, Felicio 7), Orlando 52 (Dedmon 13). AssistsChicago 20 (Gasol 8), Orlando 32 (Payton 10). Total FoulsChicago 16, Orlando 21. TechnicalsBrooks 2, Gordon. Ejected—Brooks. A18,846 (18,500).

Nets 120, Pacers 110

INDIANA (110): George 8-21 8-10 27, Turner 2-7 2-2 6, Mahinmi 6-7 6-8 18, G.Hill 7-8 1-1 17, Ellis 1-4 0-0 3, Allen 1-4 2-2 4, Stuckey 1-6 3-4 6, J.Hill 5-7 2-2 12, Lawson 2-5 0-0 5, Miles 4-8 1-1 12, S.Hill 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-77 25-30 110.

BROOKLYN (120): Bogdanovic 7-14 0-0 18, T.Young 4-8 0-0 8, Lopez 7-16 9-13 23, Larkin 4-6 6-6 14, Karasev 5-7 6-7 17, Hollis-Jefferson 2-3 2-2 6, Kilpatrick 6-9 2-2 14, McCullough 0-4 0-0 0, Sims 2-3 1-1 5, Sloan 3-3 5-5 11, Brown 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 42-77 31-36 120.

Indiana 29 37 27 17— 110

Brooklyn 26 34 25 35— 120

3-Point GoalsIndiana 11-24 (Miles 3-5, George 3-10, G.Hill 2-2, Lawson 1-1, Stuckey 1-3, Ellis 1-3), Brooklyn 5-12 (Bogdanovic 4-7, Karasev 1-3, McCullough 0-1, Larkin 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 36 (J.Hill 6), Brooklyn 49 (Lopez 9). AssistsIndiana 24 (Ellis 6), Brooklyn 24 (Sloan, Larkin 5). Total FoulsIndiana 26, Brooklyn 23. TechnicalsBrooklyn defensive three second. A16,625 (17,732).

Raptors 115, Pelicans 91

TORONTO (115): Powell 5-11 3-3 15, Scola 4-5 0-0 12, Valanciunas 5-8 0-0 10, Lowry 3-13 5-7 11, DeRozan 9-11 4-4 23, Joseph 2-5 1-1 6, Johnson 4-8 2-2 11, Biyombo 1-1 5-6 7, Patterson 5-7 3-3 16, Thompson 1-2 0-0 2, Wright 0-1 0-0 0, Nogueira 0-0 2-2 2, Caboclo 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 39-73 25-28 115.

NEW ORLEANS (91): Cunningham 3-12 1-2 7, Ajinca 3-10 3-3 9, Asik 2-6 3-6 7, Douglas 4-14 1-1 11, Gee 8-12 2-4 18, Babbitt 6-11 0-0 14, Frazier 5-9 2-2 12, Perkins 1-1 0-0 2, Hamilton 5-10 1-2 11. Totals 37-85 13-20 91.

Toronto 20 28 37 30— 115

New Orleans 15 21 25 30— 91

3-Point GoalsToronto 12-29 (Scola 4-5, Patterson 3-3, Powell 2-6, Joseph 1-1, DeRozan 1-2, Johnson 1-3, Thompson 0-1, Lowry 0-8), New Orleans 4-15 (Babbitt 2-4, Douglas 2-5, Frazier 0-1, Gee 0-1, Cunningham 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 53 (Valanciunas 9), New Orleans 39 (Gee 8). AssistsToronto 24 (Lowry 8), New Orleans 22 (Frazier 6). Total FoulsToronto 18, New Orleans 18. TechnicalsToronto defensive three second, Ajinca. A17,009 (16,867).

Hawks 112, Pistons 95

ATLANTA (112): Bazemore 7-9 0-0 17, Millsap 8-14 4-5 23, Horford 6-15 0-0 13, Teague 3-12 4-4 12, Korver 5-10 1-1 12, Schroder 5-14 0-0 11, Humphries 5-8 1-1 11, Hardaway Jr. 1-8 1-1 3, Scott 3-5 2-2 10, Muscala 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-95 13-14 112.

DETROIT (95): Harris 10-20 0-0 21, Morris 3-12 5-6 13, Drummond 7-11 5-9 19, Jackson 4-12 1-1 11, Caldwell-Pope 3-13 1-2 9, Tolliver 0-4 0-0 0, Johnson 1-5 2-2 4, Blake 1-4 1-2 3, Baynes 5-6 5-6 15, Hilliard 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-88 20-28 95.

Atlanta 27 29 27 29— 112

Detroit 15 27 32 21— 95

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 13-34 (Millsap 3-4, Bazemore 3-5, Teague 2-3, Scott 2-4, Schroder 1-3, Korver 1-5, Horford 1-5, Humphries 0-2, Hardaway Jr. 0-3), Detroit 7-29 (Jackson 2-4, Morris 2-6, Caldwell-Pope 2-7, Harris 1-3, Blake 0-2, Johnson 0-3, Tolliver 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 51 (Millsap 9), Detroit 64 (Drummond 17). AssistsAtlanta 34 (Teague 12), Detroit 25 (Blake 6). Total FoulsAtlanta 21, Detroit 14. TechnicalsHardaway Jr., Drummond, Johnson. A17,857 (22,076).

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