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Magic rout Nash-less Suns with early flurry

ORLANDO — Jameer Nelson had 15 points and a season-high 12 assists, and the Magic easily handled a Suns team playing without Steve Nash in a 105-89 win Thursday night.

Dwight Howard added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic, which built a 32-point lead in winning its third in a row.

With Nash sidelined because of a sore groin, backup Goran Dragic scored 10 with four assists.

Grant Hill, who played six season for the Magic, scored 21 for the Suns, who lost on consecutive nights in Florida by a combined 43 points. Phoenix was routed by 27 at Miami.

Phoenix double-teamed Howard, freeing Orlando's shooters for open looks. Before the first quarter ended, the Magic made four 3-pointers to lead 31-12.

Hill, who was often injured with the Magic, was booed, but teammate Hedo Turkoglu, who helped Orlando reach the NBA Finals in 2008, was cheered.

Oden outage continues: For the third time in four years, Greg Oden's knees have betrayed him. The Blazers announced late Wednesday that Oden, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft, will miss the season after he has microfracture surgery on his left knee.

"As you can expect, this young man is devastated about not having the opportunity to play this season, being so close to getting back on the floor and just all of a sudden, this situation comes up and it's like, 'Here we go again' for him," coach Nate McMillan said.

The Blazers said last month that they would not offer Oden an extension, so he will be a restricted free agent in the summer.

Magic 105, Suns 89

PHOENIX (89): Hill 8-9 5-6 21, Turkoglu 0-8 2-2 2, Frye 4-8 0-0 10, Dragic 4-9 2-5 10, J.Richardson 3-7 0-2 7, Warrick 1-5 3-4 5, Dudley 3-5 5-5 11, Childress 2-5 3-3 7, Siler 1-2 0-0 2, Barron 0-1 2-4 2, Clark 5-9 2-2 12. Totals 31-68 24-33 89.

ORLANDO (105): Q.Richardson 6-10 0-0 15, Lewis 6-9 0-0 13, Howard 8-9 4-8 20, Nelson 6-8 1-1 15, Carter 5-8 1-4 13, Pietrus 4-8 0-0 10, Bass 1-5 3-4 5, Duhon 1-4 0-0 2, Gortat 1-6 2-2 4, Anderson 1-5 4-4 6, Allen 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 40-74 15-23 105.

Phoenix 15 19 25 30— 89

Orlando 31 31 29 14— 105

3-PointersPho. 3-18 (Frye 2-5, J.Richardson 1-3, Warrick 0-1, Dudley 0-1, Dragic 0-3, Turkoglu 0-5), Orl. 10-25 (Q.Richardson 3-7, Nelson 2-3, Carter 2-4, Pietrus 2-5, Lewis 1-2, Anderson 0-2, Duhon 0-2). Foul OutNone. Rebs.Pho. 41 (Clark, Frye 6), Orl. 47 (Howard 12). Asts.Pho. 15 (Dragic 4), Orl. 25 (Nelson 12). FoulsPho. 23, Orl. 27. TechsOrl. three secs 2. A18,846.

Pacers 107, Clippers 80

CLIPPERS (80): Aminu 3-9 6-8 12, Griffin 6-13 0-3 12, Jordan 0-7 0-0 0, Bledsoe 3-5 2-2 8, Gordon 5-17 8-12 19, Foye 2-6 0-0 4, Gomes 0-4 2-2 2, Smith 2-5 0-0 4, Collins 0-2 0-0 0, Butler 1-3 0-0 2, Cook 3-6 4-4 11, Warren 2-4 2-2 6. Totals 27-81 24-33 80.

INDIANA (107): Granger 6-14 6-7 22, McRoberts 1-4 1-2 3, Hibbert 9-13 0-0 18, Ford 4-11 3-4 11, Rush 4-7 2-2 14, George 1-4 1-1 3, Hansbrough 3-4 1-2 7, Price 6-10 0-0 14, Foster 1-1 0-0 2, Posey 4-7 0-0 12, D.Jones 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 39-77 15-20 107.

L.A. Clippers 25 18 16 21— 80

Indiana 22 31 27 27— 107

3-PointersClippers 2-9 (Cook 1-1, Gordon 1-3, Foye 0-1, Warren 0-1, Butler 0-1, Gomes 0-2), Ind. 14-26 (Rush 4-5, Granger 4-6, Posey 4-7, Price 2-6, George 0-1, Ford 0-1). Fouled OutNone. Rebs.Clippers 50 (Griffin, Aminu, Bledsoe 8), Ind. 56 (Hibbert, Hansbrough 8). Ast.Clippers 10 (Bledsoe 5), Ind. 24 (Price 6). Fouls—Clippers 18, Ind. 25. TechnicalsClippers three seconds 2. A12,459.

Magic rout Nash-less Suns with early flurry 11/18/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 18, 2010 11:46pm]
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