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Magic takes Hawks' spot

Magic forward Rashard Lewis, who finished with 17 points, puts up a shot in front of the Hawks’ Josh Smith.

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Magic forward Rashard Lewis, who finished with 17 points, puts up a shot in front of the Hawks’ Josh Smith.

ORLANDO — Dwight Howard helped the Magic beat a top conference rival for the second game in a row.

Howard had 31 points and 19 rebounds and the Magic coasted to a 104-86 victory over the Hawks on Saturday, two nights after a last-second victory over the Celtics.

"I wasn't concerned about numbers (Saturday night)," Howard said. "We just wanted to play aggressively at both ends. We're trying to be more aggressive, and for the most part, we did that."

The Magic, which has won five of six, went ahead of Atlanta to lead the Southeast Division.

Hawks big men Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia and Jason Collins combined for just six points, 11 rebounds, no blocks and 13 fouls against Howard.

Howard had some help from the Magic bench, especially Ryan Anderson and J.J. Redick. Anderson, a 6-foot-10 forward in his second year, had 16 points and five rebounds in 17 minutes. He hit 7 of 11 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers.

"People look at Ryan's shooting, but a lot of big guys stretch the floor with shooting and that's all they do," coach Stan Van Gundy said. "Ryan scores driving the ball to the basket, he scores down on the post and on offensive rebounds. He's a very good player with a chance to be outstanding."

Redick had a career-best seven assists and eight points while being matched up defensively against Jamal Crawford, who was just 6-of-17 from the field.

The Hawks have now lost six straight times to the Magic, including all three games this season.

"We haven't figured (Orlando) out, that's all I can tell you," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "It's about coming out and having a lot of heart, and we didn't do that for 48 minutes."

The Magic led 58-54 in the middle of the third quarter when Howard led a 16-2 spurt to make it 74-56. The Magic center had eight points in the run, including a coast-to-coast fastbreak that ended in a three-point play.

Howard tipped a defensive rebound toward halfcourt, beat Hawks guard Mike Bibby to it, then dribbled the rest of the way for a dunk with Bibby hanging on his back. That made it 68-54, and though Johnson interrupted the run with a driving layup, the Magic went on to score six straight points and seize control of the game.

The only time the Hawks got the deficit under 10 after that was when Johnson made a 3-pointer that cut Atlanta's deficit to 81-72 with 8:41 left in the game.

Howard and the Magic reserves responded with a 14-5 run capped by Anderson's 3-pointer that made it 95-77 with 4:11 left.

Game highlights: Former Gators star Mike Miller scored a season-high 25 — including seven 3-pointers — and Antawn Jamison had 21 points and a career-high 23 rebounds to lead the host Wizards to a 106-96 win over the Knicks. … Hakim Warrick scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the host Bucks held off the shorthanded Heat 95-84. … Emeka Okafor had 21 points and the Hornets ended the Grizzlies' 11-game home winning streak, 109-102 in overtime.

Around the league: Hornets point guard and leading scorer Chris Paul missed the games against Memphis because of a bruised left knee. … Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry will be miss at least a week with a sprained left knee.

Magic 104, Hawks 86

ATLANTA (86): M.Williams 3-9 0-0 7, Jos.Smith 6-13 4-6 16, Horford 2-7 0-0 4, Bibby 4-10 0-1 10, J.Johnson 8-16 1-2 19, Collins 0-0 0-0 0, Crawford 6-17 6-6 19, Pachulia 1-1 0-0 2, Evans 1-5 2-3 5, West 0-0 2-2 2, Teague 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 32-81 15-20 86.

ORLANDO (104): Barnes 2-5 0-0 4, Lewis 6-10 2-2 17, Howard 10-16 11-18 31, Nelson 5-7 4-4 14, Carter 2-7 1-2 6, J.Williams 1-2 0-0 2, Redick 3-7 1-1 8, Anderson 7-11 0-0 16, Gortat 2-2 0-0 4, Pietrus 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 39-72 19-27 104.

Atlanta 18 26 19 23— 86

Orlando 21 28 28 27— 104

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 7-21 (J.Johnson 2-3, Bibby 2-5, Evans 1-3, M.Williams 1-3, Crawford 1-6, Teague 0-1), Orlando 7-23 (Lewis 3-7, Anderson 2-4, Carter 1-2, Redick 1-4, Nelson 0-1, Barnes 0-2, Pietrus 0-3). Fouled OutPachulia. ReboundsAtlanta 46 (J.Johnson, Jos.Smith, Pachulia 6), Orlando 49 (Howard 19). AssistsAtlanta 16 (J.Johnson 7), Orlando 20 (Redick 7). Total FoulsAtlanta 25, Orlando 15. TechnicalsAtlanta Coach Woodson, Atlanta defensive three second, Orlando delay of game, Orlando defensive three second. A17,461 (17,461).

Wizards 106, Knicks 96

NEW YORK (96): Gallinari 4-12 0-0 11, Chandler 6-13 1-2 13, Lee 10-18 4-6 24, Duhon 2-7 3-4 8, Jeffries 7-11 1-5 17, Bender 0-3 0-0 0, Robinson 7-12 2-2 16, Hill 2-9 3-3 7. Totals 38-85 14-22 96.

WASHINGTON (106): Butler 5-14 0-0 10, Jamison 10-26 1-3 21, Haywood 3-4 1-1 7, Foye 6-12 0-0 14, Miller 9-15 0-0 25, Blatche 5-10 0-0 10, Young 3-11 2-2 10, McGuire 0-0 0-0 0, Boykins 3-6 3-4 9. Totals 44-98 7-10 106.

New York 19 25 25 27— 96

Washington 36 14 32 24— 106

3-Point GoalsNew York 6-21 (Gallinari 3-10, Jeffries 2-4, Duhon 1-3, Bender 0-1, Robinson 0-3), Washington 11-21 (Miller 7-10, Young 2-2, Foye 2-5, Butler 0-1, Jamison 0-1, Boykins 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 48 (Gallinari 10), Washington 64 (Jamison 23). AssistsNew York 25 (Duhon, Lee 6), Washington 23 (Miller 8). Total FoulsNew York 14, Washington 19. A16,233 (20,173).

Hornets 109, Grizzlies 102

NEW ORLEANS (109): Stojakovic 5-15 7-7 20, West 9-13 4-5 22, Okafor 10-14 1-4 21, Collison 4-11 9-10 17, Thornton 5-17 4-4 14, Gray 0-0 0-0 0, Wright 2-3 0-0 4, Peterson 1-2 0-0 3, Songaila 4-9 0-1 8. Totals 40-84 25-31 109.

MEMPHIS (102): Gay 3-14 3-6 10, Randolph 11-19 2-3 25, Gasol 10-16 5-6 25, Conley 4-16 2-2 10, Mayo 8-19 0-0 17, Young 2-5 1-1 5, Tinsley 2-5 0-0 4, Thabeet 1-2 0-0 2, Carroll 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 43-99 13-18 102.

New Orleans 18 24 34 21 12— 109

Memphis 33 28 20 16 5— 102

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 4-14 (Stojakovic 3-9, Peterson 1-2, West 0-1, Thornton 0-2), Memphis 3-21 (Randolph 1-3, Gay 1-5, Mayo 1-5, Tinsley 0-1, Gasol 0-1, Young 0-2, Conley 0-4). Fouled OutConley. ReboundsNew Orleans 51 (Okafor 10), Memphis 60 (Gasol 16). AssistsNew Orleans 22 (Collison 18), Memphis 18 (Randolph, Conley 5). Total FoulsNew Orleans 21, Memphis 27. A12,317 (18,119).

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