Magic mad after loss to Knicks

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 39, his best effort since coming to New York, and the Knicks pulled out a 113-106 overtime victory over the Magic on Monday night to snap a six-game losing streak.

Hours after saying the game was "almost a must win" for the Knicks, Anthony added 10 rebounds, and the Knicks got some help when Dwight Howard fouled out in the extra session, then picked up his NBA-leading 17th technical foul.

Howard rebounded from a quiet first half to finish with 29 points and 18 rebounds, but Orlando didn't score after he picked up his sixth foul going for a rebound with 1:17 left in a two-point game.

Jason Richardson made the tying 3-pointer in regulation and scored 24 for the Magic, which had a five-game winning streak snapped. Hedo Turkoglu scored 18 but fouled out, leaving the Magic furious with the officiating down the stretch.

Howard cut Orlando's deficit to two late in OT by tipping in his own miss, but he was whistled for No. 6 when Chauncey Billups went down as Howard tried to grab another offensive board.

Howard then was hit with the tech for tossing the ball into the backcourt, moving him one away from another one-game suspension, and Billups made the free throw for a three-point lead. Then Richardson was called for an offensive foul away from the ball on Anthony after they became tangled, negating what would have been a tying 3-point basket by Turkoglu.

Jameer Nelson was out, and coach Stan Van Gundy said J.J. Redick's lower abdominal strain is "a little more problematic." The absence of Nelson (sprained left knee) gave Gilbert Arenas his first start with the Magic. Orlando also was without backup forward Quentin Richardson (back spasms), but Van Gundy said both are expected back this week.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Thaddeus Young scored 21 for the 76ers, who built a 23-point lead and held on to top the Bulls 97-85, ending Chicago's 14-game home winning streak. … Roy Hibbert scored 26 as the host Pacers beat the Celtics 107-100 to stay in sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Boston point guard Rajon Rondo started after missing Sunday's game against Minnesota with a jammed finger on his right hand. Coach Doc Rivers said before the game that Rondo would not play.

WNBA: Sheryl Swoopes, who turned 40 last week, signed with Tulsa. She returns to the league after a two-year hiatus.

Knicks 113, Magic 106

ORLANDO (106): Bass 7-9 0-0 14, Turkoglu 5-13 4-7 18, Howard 9-17 11-15 29, Arenas 2-11 4-6 9, J.Richardson 10-20 0-0 24, Duhon 0-0 0-0 0, Anderson 2-7 4-4 10, Clark 1-3 0-0 2, Allen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-80 23-32 106.

NEW YORK (113): Anthony 12-26 13-17 39, Stoudemire 6-10 8-10 20, Sha.Williams 2-6 2-2 8, Billups 4-10 6-8 17, Fields 1-3 1-2 3, Douglas 6-17 1-2 16, She.Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Carter 1-2 0-0 2, Walker 2-5 0-0 6, Jeffries 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 35-81 31-41 113.

Orlando 18 26 29 27 6— 106

New York 18 30 27 25 13— 113

3-Point GoalsOrlando 11-32 (Turkoglu 4-8, J.Richardson 4-11, Anderson 2-6, Arenas 1-7), New York 12-35 (Billups 3-9, Douglas 3-10, Walker 2-4, Sha.Williams 2-4, Anthony 2-6, Fields 0-2). Fouled OutTurkoglu, Clark, Howard, She.Williams. ReboundsOrlando 57 (Howard 18), New York 52 (Anthony 10). AssistsOrlando 19 (Arenas 5), New York 16 (Billups 6). Total FoulsOrlando 28, New York 31. TechnicalsHoward, Orlando Coach Van Gundy. A19,763 (19,763).

76ers 97, Bulls 85

PHILADELPHIA (97): Iguodala 7-14 4-5 19, Brand 6-12 1-2 13, Hawes 7-13 0-0 14, Holiday 4-8 3-4 12, Meeks 3-10 0-0 8, Young 10-16 1-2 21, Williams 2-11 6-8 10, Turner 0-0 0-0 0, Speights 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 39-86 15-21 97.

CHICAGO (85): Deng 3-11 4-7 10, Boozer 6-13 3-4 15, Noah 3-7 4-8 10, Rose 12-24 7-9 31, Bogans 2-5 0-0 5, Brewer 2-5 0-2 4, Gibson 2-6 0-0 4, Asik 0-2 0-0 0, Watson 1-3 0-0 2, Korver 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 33-80 18-30 85.

Philadelphia 27 26 16 28— 97

Chicago 13 24 27 21— 85

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 4-14 (Meeks 2-7, Holiday 1-2, Iguodala 1-3, Williams 0-1, Hawes 0-1), Chicago 1-9 (Bogans 1-2, Korver 0-1, Watson 0-1, Deng 0-2, Rose 0-3). Fouled OutHawes. ReboundsPhiladelphia 54 (Brand 9), Chicago 58 (Noah 13). AssistsPhiladelphia 24 (Iguodala, Williams 7), Chicago 18 (Rose 5). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 18, Chicago 18. TechnicalsPhiladelphia defensive three second. A22,210 (20,917).

Bobcats 87, Bucks 86

MILWAUKEE (86): Delfino 1-7 2-2 5, Mbah a Moute 4-8 3-4 11, Bogut 13-19 0-0 26, Jennings 10-27 4-4 26, Salmons 3-11 2-2 9, Redd 0-3 0-0 0, Sanders 1-3 0-1 2, Dooling 2-6 0-0 5, Gooden 1-6 0-0 2. Totals 35-90 11-13 86.

CHARLOTTE (87): Jackson 8-14 0-0 18, Diaw 3-5 4-6 10, Thomas 3-5 1-3 7, Augustin 4-13 2-2 10, Henderson 7-10 2-4 16, Najera 0-2 0-0 0, Cunningham 2-3 2-2 6, Livingston 1-4 1-2 3, Carroll 3-5 4-5 10, White 1-4 2-2 4, Temple 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 33-68 18-26 87.

Milwaukee 26 20 26 14— 86

Charlotte 27 18 20 22— 87

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 5-23 (Jennings 2-8, Dooling 1-3, Delfino 1-4, Salmons 1-6, Redd 0-2), Charlotte 3-11 (Jackson 2-6, Temple 1-3, Augustin 0-1, Diaw 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 53 (Jennings, Bogut 9), Charlotte 47 (Thomas 6). AssistsMilwaukee 21 (Salmons 6), Charlotte 25 (Augustin, Diaw 8). Total FoulsMilwaukee 20, Charlotte 17. TechnicalsMilwaukee defensive three second. A12,368 (19,077).

Pacers 107, Celtics 100

BOSTON (100): Pierce 8-13 4-4 23, Garnett 2-4 2-4 6, Krstic 2-4 3-4 7, Rondo 9-13 4-4 22, Allen 4-8 2-3 11, Davis 7-11 6-8 20, Green 1-3 6-8 8, West 1-5 1-1 3, Pavlovic 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-62 28-36 100.

INDIANA (107): Granger 6-12 4-5 18, Hansbrough 2-7 1-2 5, Hibbert 12-17 2-2 26, Collison 8-9 1-1 17, George 0-3 0-0 0, D.Jones 2-5 4-4 8, McRoberts 2-5 2-2 6, Rush 3-8 0-0 8, Price 6-9 1-4 15, Foster 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 42-77 17-22 107.

Boston 33 16 36 15— 100

Indiana 27 30 24 26— 107

3-Point GoalsBoston 4-11 (Pierce 3-4, Allen 1-3, West 0-1, Pavlovic 0-1, Green 0-2), Indiana 6-15 (Price 2-3, Rush 2-4, Granger 2-6, George 0-1, Collison 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 34 (Garnett, Pierce 6), Indiana 42 (Foster 7). AssistsBoston 19 (Rondo 8), Indiana 18 (Granger 4). Total FoulsBoston 21, Indiana 22. TechnicalsBoston defensive three second 2, Indiana defensive three second. A15,932 (18,165).

Playoff chase

EastW L GB GR

1. Chicago-y 53 19— 10

2. Boston-y 51 21 2 10

3. Miami-x 51 22 2½ 9

4. Orlando-x 47 26 6½ 9

5. Atlanta-x 42 32 12 8

6. Philadelphia 37 36 16½ 9

7. New York 35 38 18½ 9

8. Indiana 32 42 22 8

Charlotte 30 42 23 10

Milwaukee 29 43 24 10

Detroit 26 47 27½ 9

West W L GB GR

1. San Antonio-x 57 16— 9

2. L.A. Lakers-y 53 20 4 9

3. Dallas-x * 51 21 5½ 10

4. Oklahoma City-x 48 24 8½ 10

5. Denver 44 29 13 9

6. Portland 42 31 15 9

7. New Orleans 42 32 15½ 8

8. Memphis 41 33 16½ 8

Houston 38 35 19 9

Phoenix * 36 35 20 11

Utah 36 38 21½ 8

y-Clinched division x-Clinched playoffs

* Late result not included

Magic mad after loss to Knicks 03/29/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 12:21am]

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