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Magic puts 2 hurts on Bulls

Magic guard Vince Carter slices between Bulls players Brad Miller, Taj Gibson (22) and James Johnson on his way to a 23-point night. The Bulls lost All-Star Derrick Rose to a sprained wrist.

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Magic guard Vince Carter slices between Bulls players Brad Miller, Taj Gibson (22) and James Johnson on his way to a 23-point night. The Bulls lost All-Star Derrick Rose to a sprained wrist.

ORLANDO — Dwight Howard insists he didn't intend to hurt Derrick Rose. He was just protecting the basket.

So when Rose, the Bulls' All-Star guard, drove the lane against the towering Magic center for the second time this season, the man who goes by "Superman" delivered on his nickname. The Man of Steel.

"I think if you hit something that doesn't move," Howard said, "you usually end up falling."

Howard went up. Rose went down. And two teams continued in opposite directions.

Vince Carter had 23 points to help the Magic cruise past the Bulls 111-82 on Thursday for a seventh straight win.

Rose sprained his left wrist in the midair collision with Howard in the first quarter and didn't return for the Bulls, who lost their sixth in a row. The play was almost identical to the one that sidelined the Bulls star when the teams met Feb. 10.

Rose on Thursday left for an X-ray, which came back negative. He will have an MRI exam today.

Game highlights: Jamal Crawford scored 29 and the Hawks avoided a three-game losing streak by beating the host Wizards 105-99.

Around the league: Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James, who missed two games after twisting his right ankle March 5, is likely to play tonight at Philadelphia. But teammate Antawn Jamison will sit because of a cyst behind his left knee. … Suspended Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas submitted paperwork to change his jersey number from 0 to 6, and the NBA approved it, the Associated Press reported.

Magic 111, Bulls 82

CHICAGO (82): J.Johnson 5-9 2-2 13, Gibson 6-10 0-2 12, Miller 1-5 0-0 2, Rose 1-4 1-2 3, Hinrich 3-8 0-0 6, Murray 2-6 0-0 5, Richard 1-2 0-0 2, Warrick 2-7 8-10 12, Pargo 5-12 0-1 11, Law 4-12 1-2 9, Alexander 1-3 0-0 2, Brown 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 33-83 12-19 82.

ORLANDO (111): Barnes 5-8 2-3 14, Lewis 3-7 0-0 6, Howard 4-6 4-6 12, Nelson 3-8 1-2 9, Carter 8-13 5-5 23, Redick 2-7 6-7 11, Williams 3-6 0-0 8, Gortat 3-4 1-2 7, Bass 4-5 5-6 13, Anderson 1-2 2-2 4, A.Johnson 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 38-69 26-33 111.

Chicago 17 16 18 31— 82

Orlando 28 37 14 32— 111

3-Point GoalsChicago 4-16 (Murray 1-2, Brown 1-3, Pargo 1-3, J.Johnson 1-4, Alexander 0-1, Miller 0-1, Law 0-2), Orlando 9-24 (Barnes 2-3, Williams 2-4, Carter 2-5, Nelson 2-5, Redick 1-4, Lewis 0-3). Fouled OutRichard. ReboundsChicago 39 (Gibson 9), Orlando 56 (Gortat 11). AssistsChicago 19 (Hinrich 6), Orlando 19 (Redick, Williams 4). Total FoulsChicago 27, Orlando 19. TechnicalsChicago Bench, Orlando defensive three second. A17,461.

Hawks 105, Wizards 99

ATLANTA (105): Jos.Smith 4-10 1-4 9, Williams 3-4 1-4 8, Horford 8-12 2-2 18, Bibby 7-11 0-0 16, Johnson 8-19 1-2 18, Crawford 8-16 9-11 29, Pachulia 2-2 1-2 5, Teague 0-0 0-0 0, J. Smith 1-5 0-0 2, West 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-79 15-25 105.

WASHINGTON (99): Thornton 2-7 3-4 7, Blatche 12-19 6-6 30, McGee 10-13 0-0 20, Foye 5-11 0-0 10, Miller 4-8 3-4 11, Livingston 0-3 2-2 2, Oberto 0-1 0-0 0, Ross 0-0 0-0 0, Singleton 0-5 0-0 0, Young 5-11 6-6 17, Gee 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 39-79 20-22 99.

Atlanta 27 27 25 26— 105

Washington 22 29 22 26— 99

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 8-17 (Crawford 4-7, Bibby 2-4, Williams 1-1, Johnson 1-5), Washington 1-13 (Young 1-4, Singleton 0-1, Blatche 0-1, Thornton 0-1, Miller 0-2, Foye 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 42 (Johnson 7), Washington 48 (Blatche 10). AssistsAtlanta 22 (Johnson, Jos.Smith, Bibby 5), Washington 20 (Miller 7). Total FoulsAtlanta 22, Was. 23. A13,625.

Magic puts 2 hurts on Bulls 03/11/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 12, 2010 12:26am]

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