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Magic rallies for road victory

The Magic’s Dwight Howard, who scored 25, tries to get a shot over the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert in first quarter.

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The Magic’s Dwight Howard, who scored 25, tries to get a shot over the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert in first quarter.

INDIANAPOLIS — For the second time in four games, Jameer Nelson hit a critical shot for the Magic down the stretch on the road.

Nelson made a key three-point play with 33.6 seconds left Saturday to put Orlando ahead en route to a 90-86 win over the Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Nelson sank an 11-foot fadeaway jumper as he was fouled by T.J. Ford, then made a free throw to give the Magic an 88-86 lead.

James Posey missed a 3 on Indiana's next trip down the court, and Vince Carter made two free throws to seal the win.

Nelson finished with 11 points and nine assists. Dwight Howard had 25 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando.

The Magic also got a big game from Rashard Lewis. The team and its fans have waited to see the $118 million man assert himself, only to watch him defer to teammates or miss shots he has often made in the past. On Saturday, Lewis finished with 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting.

He made his first eight shots to help the Magic recover from Howard's early foul trouble and withstand a Herculean effort by the Pacers' Roy Hibbert.

Lewis didn't even attempt his first shot until there was 7:44 left in the second quarter, when he sank a step-back jumper from 20 feet.

Hibbert has been mentioned as a candidate for the most improved player award. In the first half, the 7-foot-2 center played like he deserves an even higher honor: MVP.

He unleashed a variety of hooks and a long-distance shots to go with some tip-ins and dunks to dominate the Magic early on. He finished the first half with 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting. He also collected six rebounds.

It helped Hibbert that Howard was plagued by foul trouble.

Howard picked up his second personal of the game with 2:28 left in the first quarter and his third personal with 3:18 remaining in the second quarter.

Hibbert seemed to gain confidence after each Howard foul.

Hibbert gave the Pacers a 50-46 lead late in the half on a 12-foot hook over Marcin Gortat. There was nothing Gortat could do on the play.

The Pacers led 52-49 at the half.

The Magic sounded more intense after it emerged from the locker room. As players huddled in front of their bench before the beginning of the third quarter, they clapped loudly and urged each other on.

Seconds later, the game's momentum started to change. Hibbert picked up his third foul 29 seconds in and his fourth foul as Howard backed him down with 6:52 left in the quarter.

HEAT HUMBLED: Rudy Gay hit a fadeaway over LeBron James at the buzzer, and the host Grizzlies snapped a five-game skid by beating the Heat 97-95.

James tied it for the 12th time, dunking off Eddie House's steal of Gay with 5.5 seconds left. Gay came back with his 13-foot jumper. Officials reviewed the shot and ruled it beat the clock.

James had 29 points for Miami, which continues to trail the Magic in the Southeast Division.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Stephen Jackson had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the first triple double in franchise history for the host Bobcats, who took advantage of Steve Nash's absence to beat the listless Suns 123-105. It was Jackson's second career triple double. His first also came against the Suns when he was with the Warriors in the 2008-09 season. … Dirk Nowitzki had 21 points, Jason Terry added 15 and the visiting Mavericks snapped a two-game skid with a 98-93 victory over the Hawks. Former Gator Al Horford had 20 points and 20 rebounds for Atlanta.

FIVE PLAYERS DEALT: The Hornets and Raptors agreed in principle to a five-player deal to send Peja Stojakovic to Toronto in exchange for guard Jarrett Jack, the Associated Press reported.

New Orleans also will receive center David Andersen and guard Marcus Banks. Guard Jarryd Bayless, acquired by New Orleans from Portland less than a month ago, will go to Toronto.

Stojakovic entered the season saying he understood he could be traded because of his expiring $15.3 million contract.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: O.J. Mayo and Zach Randolph did not start for the Grizzlies after showing up late for the pregame shootaround. … Thunder forward Kevin Durant missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. … Heat guard Dwyane Wade was inactive because of an injured left wrist. Also, Miami forward and former Gator Udonis Haslem left the game in the third quarter with a left foot injury.

Magic 90, Pacers 86

ORLANDO (90): Richardson 2-4 2-2 8, Lewis 8-11 0-1 21, Howard 7-14 11-19 25, Nelson 5-12 1-1 11, Carter 3-12 2-2 8, Bass 4-9 0-0 8, Pietrus 1-4 0-0 3, Duhon 1-1 0-0 3, Gortat 0-0 0-0 0, Redick 0-2 3-3 3. Totals 31-69 19-28 90.

INDIANA (86): Granger 5-18 2-2 13, McRoberts 3-6 0-0 6, Hibbert 8-16 3-5 19, Ford 5-14 0-0 10, Dunleavy 4-12 1-3 10, Foster 2-2 0-0 4, Price 1-3 1-2 4, Rush 6-11 1-3 14, Posey 1-6 2-2 5, Hansbrough 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 35-89 11-19 86.

Orlando 29 20 22 19— 90

Indiana 26 26 14 20— 86

3-Point GoalsOrlando 9-21 (Lewis 5-7, Richardson 2-4, Duhon 1-1, Pietrus 1-4, Nelson 0-2, Carter 0-3), Indiana 5-27 (Price 1-2, Rush 1-4, Granger 1-5, Dunleavy 1-5, Posey 1-6, McRoberts 0-2, Ford 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 51 (Howard 12), Indiana 58 (Hibbert 10). AssistsOrlando 14 (Nelson 9), Indiana 16 (Ford 5). Total FoulsOrlando 17, Indiana 24. TechnicalsHoward, Foster, Indiana defensive three second. A14,583 (18,165).

Grizzlies 97, Heat 95

MIAMI (95): James 11-23 5-6 29, Bosh 8-14 3-4 20, Ilgauskas 3-8 0-0 6, Arroyo 3-5 0-0 7, Stackhouse 1-3 0-1 2, Jones 1-7 1-1 3, Haslem 2-4 0-0 4, House 7-13 0-0 20, Magloire 0-0 0-0 0, Howard 1-1 0-0 2, Chalmers 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 38-79 9-12 95.

MEMPHIS (97): Gay 5-13 5-6 15, Arthur 7-9 0-0 14, Gasol 5-8 1-2 11, Conley 6-12 3-4 16, Henry 1-9 4-4 6, Thabeet 0-0 0-2 0, Randolph 8-14 5-7 21, Mayo 1-7 0-0 2, Vasquez 1-2 0-0 2, Young 4-6 2-2 10. Totals 38-80 20-27 97.

Miami 17 22 29 27— 95

Memphis 26 17 25 29— 97

3-Point GoalsMiami 10-22 (House 6-9, James 2-4, Arroyo 1-1, Bosh 1-1, Stackhouse 0-1, Jones 0-6), Memphis 1-11 (Conley 1-2, Young 0-1, Henry 0-2, Mayo 0-3, Gay 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 37 (Bosh, Ilgauskas 10), Memphis 56 (Randolph 13). AssistsMiami 20 (James 11), Memphis 17 (Conley 6). Total FoulsMiami 22, Memphis 15. TechnicalsMemphis defensive three second. A18,119 (18,119).

Bobcats 123, Suns 105

PHOENIX (105): Hill 8-17 7-7 23, Turkoglu 7-14 1-2 18, Frye 3-7 4-4 11, Dragic 6-13 4-4 17, Richardson 3-11 7-7 13, Warrick 3-5 5-7 11, Childress 3-4 0-0 6, Dudley 0-2 4-6 4, Clark 1-1 0-2 2. Totals 34-74 32-39 105.

CHARLOTTE (123): Wallace 6-11 2-3 14, Diaw 11-17 0-0 26, Mohammed 1-4 0-0 2, Augustin 6-10 4-5 16, Jackson 10-13 0-0 24, Thomas 9-13 4-4 22, Carroll 2-7 2-2 7, McGuire 0-5 0-0 0, Livingston 3-3 0-0 6, D.Brown 2-4 2-5 6, Collins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 50-87 14-19 123.

Phoenix 25 26 23 31— 105

Charlotte 30 25 34 34— 123

3-Point GoalsPhoenix 5-21 (Turkoglu 3-8, Frye 1-3, Dragic 1-4, Hill 0-1, Dudley 0-1, Richardson 0-4), Charlotte 9-19 (Jackson 4-7, Diaw 4-8, Carroll 1-2, Wallace 0-1, Augustin 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhoenix 41 (Frye 6), Charlotte 48 (Jackson 10). AssistsPhoenix 19 (Dragic 10), Charlotte 37 (Jackson 10). Total FoulsPhoenix 22, Charlotte 27. TechnicalsCharlotte defensive three second. A16,428 (19,077).

Mavericks 98, Hawks 93

DALLAS (98): Butler 5-11 3-3 13, Nowitzki 8-22 5-7 21, Chandler 3-6 2-2 8, Kidd 2-5 0-0 5, Stevenson 4-4 2-2 13, Marion 6-11 0-0 12, Terry 6-10 2-2 15, Haywood 3-5 0-0 6, Barea 2-8 0-0 5. Totals 39-82 14-16 98.

ATLANTA (93): Williams 3-5 0-0 6, Smith 10-19 1-2 21, Horford 10-12 0-0 20, Bibby 6-10 0-0 16, Johnson 4-14 2-2 11, Ja.Crawford 2-10 5-6 9, Evans 0-3 0-0 0, Pachulia 0-1 0-0 0, Teague 0-1 0-0 0, Jo.Crawford 4-6 0-0 10. Totals 39-81 8-10 93.

Dallas 28 27 22 21— 98

Atlanta 25 18 25 25— 93

3-Point GoalsDallas 6-13 (Stevenson 3-3, Terry 1-2, Barea 1-2, Kidd 1-3, Butler 0-1, Nowitzki 0-2), Atlanta 7-25 (Bibby 4-7, Jo.Crawford 2-3, Johnson 1-6, Evans 0-1, Williams 0-1, Smith 0-3, Ja.Crawford 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 47 (Marion 10), Atlanta 42 (Horford 20). AssistsDallas 27 (Kidd 9), Atlanta 28 (Ja.Crawford 7). Total FoulsDallas 11, Atlanta 17. TechnicalsSmith. A14,143 (18,729).

Magic rallies for road victory 11/20/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 20, 2010 11:10pm]

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