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Magic rallies from 14 down to defeat Heat in overtime

Magic guard Jameer Nelson, left, is fouled by Norris Cole during the first half. Nelson scores 25, including 12 in overtime.

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Magic guard Jameer Nelson, left, is fouled by Norris Cole during the first half. Nelson scores 25, including 12 in overtime.

ORLANDO — Dwight Howard had 24 points and 25 rebounds, Jameer Nelson scored 25, including 12 in the fourth quarter and overtime, and the Magic rallied past the Heat 104-98 Tuesday night.

It was the eighth 20-20 game of the season for Howard and the 40th of his career.

The Magic, which trailed by 14 in the first half, has won three straight and five of six.

Dwyane Wade scored 28 and Chris Bosh 23 for the Heat, which had a three-game winning streak snapped. LeBron James added 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

The Heat visits Chicago tonight in a matchup of the East's top teams. Orlando goes to San Antonio for its final game before the trade deadline.

As the Magic tries to convince Howard, who can become a free agent in July, to stay in Orlando, Yahoo Sports reported that he has made up his mind to join the Nets at some point, though he doesn't appear to want a trade now.

Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy shrugged off an ESPN.com report that Howard had been told by team officials he could decide the fate of Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith if he signed an extension.

"If anybody thinks I care about that …," Van Gundy said. "If they want to fire me to please somebody, fire me."

trade talk: The Bucks traded center Andrew Bogut and guard Stephen Jackson to the Warriors for guard Monta Ellis, forward Ekpe Udoh and center Kwame Brown. Bogut, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, has struggled with injuries. … The Bulls and Lakers have had talks about L.A. center Pau Gasol, the Chicago Tribune reported, but many obstacles exist. The Lakers want at least one top player and draft picks. … Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson said there are no plans to trade forward Josh Smith.

around the league: The league fined Bulls guard Derrick Rose $25,000 for criticizing officiating. After Monday's win over the Knicks, Rose said he's "got to be the only superstar in the league that's going through what I'm going through right now." Later in the day, Rose was not injured when his 2011 Bentley was struck from behind by another driver, who was cited by police in Chicago. … Dick Harter, the Charlotte Hornets' first head coach and an NBA assistant who also coached Penn to two NCAA Tournament appearances, died Monday in Hilton Head, S.C., at the age of 81. The cause of death was not known.

Magic 104, Heat 98, OT

MIAMI (98): James 7-20 3-3 19, Bosh 9-14 5-6 23, Anthony 1-1 0-0 2, Chalmers 4-13 0-0 10, Wade 12-22 2-2 28, Haslem 2-5 0-0 4, Battier 1-5 0-0 2, Cole 1-6 0-0 2, Pittman 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 3-5 0-0 8. Totals 40-91 10-11 98.

ORLANDO (104): Turkoglu 3-8 0-0 7, Anderson 6-11 2-3 16, D.Howard 9-13 6-18 24, Nelson 10-16 1-2 25, Redick 4-10 6-7 17, Q.Richardson 2-4 4-5 9, Davis 2-7 2-2 6, Duhon 0-2 0-0 0, Liggins 0-2 0-0 0, Harper 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-73 21-37 104.

Miami 27 29 17 21 4— 98

Orlando 30 15 27 22 10— 104

3-Point GoalsMiami 8-23 (Wade 2-3, Jones 2-3, James 2-4, Chalmers 2-8, Cole 0-1, Battier 0-4), Orlando 11-28 (Nelson 4-7, Redick 3-8, Anderson 2-5, Q.Richardson 1-2, Turkoglu 1-3, Liggins 0-1, Duhon 0-2). Fouled OutBattier. ReboundsMiami 44 (James 11), Orlando 61 (D.Howard 25). AssistsMiami 21 (James 8), Orlando 19 (Turkoglu 5). Total FoulsMiami 30, Orlando 15. TechnicalsMiami defensive three second, Q.Richardson, Orlando defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—Q.Richardson. A18,879 (18,500).

Pacers 92, Trail Blazers 75

PORTLAND (75): Wallace 1-4 3-4 5, Aldridge 5-15 7-9 17, Camby 0-0 0-2 0, Felton 2-8 1-1 5, Batum 3-11 3-4 9, Przybilla 1-1 2-2 4, Matthews 1-5 6-8 9, Crawford 2-7 4-4 9, N.Smith 3-3 2-2 10, Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, C.Smith 1-3 2-2 4, Babbitt 1-5 0-0 3, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-64 30-38 75.

INDIANA (92): Granger 4-8 1-2 11, West 5-10 0-0 10, Hibbert 4-9 0-0 8, Collison 3-10 2-2 8, George 5-9 0-0 11, Jones 2-6 0-0 4, Hill 5-9 0-4 11, Hansbrough 2-6 4-5 8, Amundson 10-11 1-2 21, Price 0-2 0-0 0, Pendergraph 0-0 0-0 0, Stephenson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 40-82 8-15 92.

Portland 15 23 14 23— 75

Indiana 19 29 27 17— 92

3-Point GoalsPortland 5-22 (N.Smith 2-2, Babbitt 1-3, Matthews 1-4, Crawford 1-5, Wallace 0-1, Aldridge 0-1, Felton 0-2, Batum 0-4), Indiana 4-11 (Granger 2-3, Hill 1-2, George 1-2, Price 0-1, Hansbrough 0-1, Jones 0-1, Collison 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPortland 44 (Przybilla, Wallace 6), Indiana 57 (West 10). AssistsPortland 5 (Felton 2), Indiana 24 (Price 6). Total FoulsPortland 14, Indiana 25. TechnicalsIndiana defensive three second. A10,933 (18,165).

Raptors 96, Cavaliers 88

TORONTO (96): J.Johnson 3-5 0-0 6, Bargnani 8-15 3-3 19, A.Johnson 4-4 2-4 10, Bayless 6-13 4-4 20, DeRozan 1-6 2-2 4, Kleiza 3-8 0-0 7, Davis 3-6 2-6 8, Barbosa 7-14 0-0 17, Forbes 2-3 0-0 4, Gray 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 37-74 14-21 96.

CLEVELAND (88): Gee 4-8 7-7 16, Jamison 8-18 4-4 20, Hollins 1-3 0-2 2, Irving 5-17 3-4 14, Parker 1-3 2-2 4, Thompson 2-6 5-6 9, Sessions 6-9 4-6 16, Gibson 0-5 0-0 0, Samuels 1-5 0-0 2, Casspi 1-2 2-2 5. Totals 29-76 27-33 88.

Toronto 21 33 21 21— 96

Cleveland 22 24 19 23— 88

3-Point GoalsToronto 8-19 (Bayless 4-7, Barbosa 3-8, Kleiza 1-3, Bargnani 0-1), Cleveland 3-15 (Casspi 1-1, Gee 1-3, Irving 1-4, Parker 0-1, Sessions 0-1, Jamison 0-2, Gibson 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 51 (A.Johnson 9), Cleveland 46 (Irving 7). AssistsToronto 25 (Bayless 7), Cleveland 20 (Irving 7). Total FoulsToronto 29, Cleveland 22. A14,203 (20,562).

Rockets 104, Thunder 103

HOUSTON (104): Parsons 9-16 0-0 21, Scola 6-17 6-6 18, Dalembert 4-10 0-0 8, Dragic 4-11 3-4 12, Lee 8-12 1-1 21, Patterson 5-12 2-2 12, Budinger 4-9 0-1 10, Flynn 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 41-89 12-14 104.

OKLAHOMA CITY (103): Durant 8-18 8-9 28, Ibaka 6-10 0-0 12, Perkins 2-5 0-0 4, Westbrook 7-18 5-6 19, Cook 1-4 0-0 2, Harden 5-12 4-5 16, Collison 2-3 0-2 4, Mohammed 5-8 0-0 10, Jackson 1-3 0-0 3, Ivey 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 39-84 17-22 103.

Houston 23 30 24 27— 104

Oklahoma City 22 31 20 30— 103

3-Point GoalsHouston 10-24 (Lee 4-7, Parsons 3-5, Budinger 2-4, Dragic 1-7, Flynn 0-1), Oklahoma City 8-23 (Durant 4-8, Harden 2-6, Jackson 1-2, Ivey 1-2, Cook 0-2, Westbrook 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsHouston 42 (Dalembert 8), Oklahoma City 58 (Durant 12). AssistsHouston 25 (Dragic 7), Oklahoma City 22 (Harden 7). Total FoulsHouston 17, Oklahoma City 16. TechnicalsDragic, Westbrook. A18,203 (18,203).

Magic rallies from 14 down to defeat Heat in overtime 03/14/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 12:21am]

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