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Magic extends its win streak to eight

The Magic’s Dwight Howard, who had 28 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, dunks during a 109-95 victory over the Wizards.

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The Magic’s Dwight Howard, who had 28 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, dunks during a 109-95 victory over the Wizards.

WASHINGTON — Dwight Howard had 28 points and 15 rebounds, and the Magic wore down the back-to-back-to-back Wizards 109-95 Saturday.

Howard became a one-man show early in the second half, and he and Jameer Nelson made the alley-oop look routine as Orlando won its eighth straight, its longest win streak since April 2006.

Andray Blatche was Washington's one-man spotlight, scoring 32 on 14-for-23 shooting as it lost its season-high seventh straight. It wrapped up a stretch of three games in three nights with a road game in the middle.

The scheduling quirk came about when the Wizards' Feb. 6 home game against the Hawks was postponed by a blizzard. They lost Thursday's makeup game 105-99 and Friday's game at Detroit 101-87. Today, Washington will be packing for games at Utah on Monday and at Denver on Tuesday.

Vince Carter and J.J. Redick scored 18, and Brandon Bass added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Magic, which is 4½ games behind the Cavaliers for best record in the East.

The Wizards didn't start the game like a team needing a rest. They ran up and down the court with Blatche dunking at one end and Howard dunking at the other. A 14-0 run helped Washington lead 35-20 early in the second quarter.

But Redick, Bass and Mickael Pietrus came off the bench to rally the Magic, with Redick scoring 10 during a 22-6 run.

The Magic led 61-55 at halftime and took over in the third. Or, more to the point, Howard took over. Howard, 11-of-13 from the field with five assists, made a hook shot, slammed an alley-oop on a pass from Nelson, recorded a steal, blocked one of Blatche's shots and hit a free throw — all during an 8-0 run over the first two minutes of the second half.

Another alley-oop from Nelson to Howard pushed the lead to 16. The Wizards cut it to nine late in the third while Howard was on the bench. But Redick scored eight in a 15-4 run that opened the fourth and sealed it.

Game highlights: Joe Johnson scored 26 as the host Hawks had their best shooting game of the season in a 112-99 victory over the Pistons. Atlanta made 15 of 18 shots from the field in the second quarter to give it its highest field goal percentage in a quarter (83.3) and half (73) this season. It made 63 percent of its shots for the game, another season high.

Discipline: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich was suspended for a game for making contact with a referee during Friday's loss at Miami. And Suns coach Alvin Gentry was fined $25,000 for improper conduct toward a referee and failing to leave the court in a timely manner after being ejected during Friday's loss to the Lakers.

Around the league: Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison said he expects to play today against the Celtics. He sat out Friday against the 76ers with a cyst behind his left knee. … An MRI exam on Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace's left ankle revealed no fractures or ligament ruptures. But Wallace, who rolled his ankle Friday against the Clippers, likely will sit out today against the Magic. … The Bobcats signed guard Larry Hughes. Hughes, 31, in his 12th season, was averaging 9.6 points for the Knicks when traded last month to the Kings, who immediately waived him.

Magic 109, Wizards 95

ORLANDO (109): Barnes 1-4 0-0 3, Lewis 1-4 0-0 3, D.Howard 11-13 6-9 28, Nelson 4-8 1-1 9, Carter 8-18 0-0 18, Bass 6-10 4-5 16, Williams 4-9 0-0 9, Redick 5-9 6-6 18, Pietrus 1-3 0-0 3, Gortat 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 41-79 19-23 109.

WASHINGTON (95): Thornton 6-15 3-4 15, Blatche 14-23 3-5 32, McGee 1-6 3-4 5, Foye 2-7 0-0 4, Miller 2-3 0-0 4, Oberto 1-1 0-0 2, Livingston 8-11 2-2 18, Singleton 2-5 0-0 4, Young 2-3 0-0 4, Ross 0-3 0-0 0, Gee 2-5 2-2 7. Totals 40-82 13-17 95.

Orlando 20 41 27 21— 109

Washington 33 22 21 19— 95

3-Point GoalsOrlando 8-14 (Redick 2-3, Carter 2-4, Lewis 1-1, Barnes 1-2, Williams 1-2, Pietrus 1-2), Washington 2-9 (Gee 1-1, Blatche 1-3, Livingston 0-1, Singleton 0-1, Thornton 0-1, Foye 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 51 (D.Howard 15), Washington 37 (Gee 5). AssistsOrlando 20 (Nelson 8), Washington 24 (Livingston 8). Total FoulsOrlando 20, Washington 19. TechnicalsOrlando defensive three second, Washington defensive three second. A20,173 (20,173).

Hawks 112, Pistons 99

DETROIT (99): Prince 4-10 0-0 8, Jerebko 4-12 1-2 9, Maxiell 6-9 7-9 19, Bynum 7-10 2-4 16, Hamilton 6-13 4-4 18, Gordon 3-8 5-6 12, Brown 2-2 0-2 4, Daye 1-4 0-0 3, Villanueva 4-7 0-0 9, Summers 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 37-75 20-29 99.

ATLANTA (112): Williams 5-11 1-2 12, Jos.Smith 8-14 2-2 18, Horford 7-8 1-4 15, Bibby 2-6 2-2 7, Johnson 10-15 4-5 26, Crawford 7-8 0-0 17, Evans 1-3 0-0 2, Pachulia 1-1 0-0 2, Teague 2-3 2-2 6, West 0-0 0-0 0, J. Smith 3-4 1-1 7. Totals 46-73 13-18 112.

Detroit 12 29 36 22— 99

Atlanta 30 39 23 20— 112

3-Point GoalsDetroit 5-14 (Hamilton 2-5, Daye 1-2, Villanueva 1-2, Gordon 1-3, Prince 0-2), Atlanta 7-14 (Crawford 3-3, Johnson 2-4, Williams 1-3, Bibby 1-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 45 (Maxiell 12), Atlanta 34 (Horford 7). AssistsDetroit 18 (Bynum 7), Atlanta 35 (Jos.Smith 11). Total FoulsDetroit 16, Atlanta 23. TechnicalsBynum, Detroit Coach Kuester. A18,214 (18,729).

Magic extends its win streak to eight 03/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 13, 2010 10:09pm]
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