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Magic gets better of Howard

The Lakers’ Dwight Howard, going up against Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic, scores 21 with 15 rebounds but loses to his old team.

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The Lakers’ Dwight Howard, going up against Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic, scores 21 with 15 rebounds but loses to his old team.

LOS ANGELES — Arron Afflalo scored 30, Glen Davis added 23 points and 12 rebounds, and the Magic beat Dwight Howard in its first game against its longtime center, stunning the Lakers 113-103 Sunday night.

Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds against his former team, but the rebuilding Magic rallied impressively for a 40-point fourth quarter for just its fourth win in 14 games, ending a three-game skid.

Orlando did it partly by intentionally fouling Howard, who went 9-for-21 at the line, including 7-for-14 in the fourth quarter.

Kobe Bryant scored 34 for the Lakers, who dropped to 3-4 under new coach Mike D'Antoni with another inconsistent performance.

Jameer Nelson had 19 points and 13 assists after nearly sitting out with tendinitis during the Magic's most impressive win under first-year coach Jacque Vaughn.

Knicks stay hot even after Wallace ejection

NEW YORK — Rasheed Wallace delivered a hard whack to Luis Scola, then some hard words to the referees.

These Knicks won't let anybody have it easy at Madison Square Garden, not even the officials.

Carmelo Anthony scored 34 and New York ran its best home start in 20 years to 7-0, withstanding Wallace's ejection after a mere 1:25 of playing time to beat Phoenix 106-99.

The Suns had won their previous two at MSG, but the Knicks have finally figured out under coach Mike Woodson that homecourt games are not to be wasted. They are 18-1 in the regular season here since he took over in March.

"His whole thing when he came in is we're going to protect our home floor. We're going to win every game at home, or we're going to try to win every game, and we're going to go out on the road and compete," center Tyson Chandler said. "His whole thing is we've got to protect our house."

The Knicks last won seven straight at Madison Square Garden to open a season when they started 9-0 in 1992-93.

Wallace's technical came after Scola pump-faked and Wallace fouled him, but when Scola continued to drive, Wallace raked down across his arms to prevent a shot. After Goran Dragic missed the free throw, Wallace yelled "Ball don't lie!" — his way of saying the call was proved wrong — and whistled for another technical to pick up his 31st career ejection, most in the league since 1991-92, according to STATS, LLC.

Around the league: Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio practiced for the first time this season, saying his surgically repaired left knee felt good. There is no timetable for his first game.

Knicks 106, Suns 99

PHOENIX (99): Beasley 4-10 0-0 9, Morris 2-6 1-1 6, Gortat 8-11 2-4 18, Dragic 4-9 0-1 9, Brown 6-16 4-5 17, Dudley 3-7 2-3 10, Tucker 5-6 0-0 10, Scola 3-8 3-3 9, Telfair 4-7 1-2 11. Totals 39-80 13-19 99.

NEW YORK (106): Anthony 11-27 8-8 34, Thomas 1-3 0-0 2, Chandler 6-8 3-4 15, Felton 10-17 0-0 23, Brewer 3-8 1-3 8, Smith 1-11 2-2 4, Novak 4-10 0-0 12, Wallace 0-0 0-0 0, Copeland 4-5 0-0 8, Prigioni 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 40-90 14-17 106.

Phoenix 20 22 30 27— 99

New York 24 35 30 17— 106

3-Point Pho 8-23 (Telfair 2-3, Dudley 2-4, Beasley 1-1, Morris 1-4, Dragic 1-4, Brown 1-6, Tucker 0-1), NY 12-29 (Novak 4-9, Anthony 4-10, Felton 3-6, Brewer 1-2, Smith 0-2). RebsPho 52 (Gortat 10), NY 48 (Chandler 13). AssistsPho 21 (Dragic 5), NY 21 (Felton 7). Total FoulsPho 23, NY 13. TechnicalsBeasley, Wallace 2. Ejected— Wallace. A19,033 (19,763).

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Magic gets better of Howard 12/02/12 [Last modified: Monday, December 3, 2012 12:30am]

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