Minus Howard, Magic rally fails

ORLANDO — LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points Monday to lead the Trail Blazers past the Magic, which was without the suspended Dwight Howard, 89-85.

Howard sat out while serving a one-game suspension after picking up his 16th technical foul Friday. Jason Richardson led Orlando with 22 points, followed by 13 apiece from Ryan Anderson and Hedo Turkoglu.

Turkoglu hit a 3-pointer to cut Portland's lead to 89-85 with 1:21 left and Portland turned it over on a shot-clock violation with 56.3 seconds to play. Orlando forced a stop but the Magic, which had trailed 88-81, got only one more field-goal try.

"That game should've been won," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "We didn't lose that game because Dwight Howard didn't play. We lost that game because we had 19 turnovers and they had nine."

Meanwhile, Van Gundy said he thinks Howard has shown restraint this season despite picking up the league's first suspension for excessive technicals. Van Gundy quoted an Elias Sports Bureau statistic that noted Howard has been fouled 593 times this season without any of those calls being labeled flagrant.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points as the host Knicks beat the Jazz 131-109 despite missing Chauncey Billups (bruised left quadriceps) for a fourth straight game. … Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points in 27 minutes as the visiting Mavericks defeated the Timberwolves 108-105. Minnesota's Kevin Love (23 points, 17 rebounds) had his 51st consecutive double double to tie Moses Malone, who did it over two seasons, for the longest streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Hornets star Chris Paul (concussion) sat out and is day to day. He was hurt Sunday in a collision with Cavs guard Ramon Sessions. … Suns forward Channing Frye (dislocated right shoulder) is expected to miss two to three weeks.

Trail Blazers 89, Magic 85

PORTLAND (89): Batum 4-8 0-0 9, Aldridge 10-18 3-7 24, Camby 0-4 0-0 0, Miller 6-11 2-3 15, Matthews 4-8 3-3 13, Wallace 4-11 1-2 9, Fernandez 1-6 2-2 5, Roy 4-8 0-0 9, Mills 2-7 0-0 5. Totals 35-81 11-17 89.

ORLANDO (85): Turkoglu 5-12 1-2 13, Anderson 4-9 2-2 13, Bass 4-9 1-1 9, Nelson 1-7 0-0 2, J.Richardson 8-13 2-2 22, Clark 4-6 1-1 9, Arenas 4-9 0-0 9, Redick 3-5 1-1 8, Q.Richardson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-71 8-9 85.

Portland 24 23 23 19— 89

Orlando 19 24 23 19— 85

3-Point GoalsPortland 8-25 (Matthews 2-4, Aldridge 1-1, Miller 1-2, Roy 1-3, Fernandez 1-4, Mills 1-4, Batum 1-5, Wallace 0-2), Orlando 11-22 (J.Richardson 4-5, Anderson 3-6, Turkoglu 2-4, Redick 1-1, Arenas 1-3, Q.Richardson 0-1, Nelson 0-2). ReboundsPortland 47 (Wallace, Camby 10), Orlando 44 (Clark 9). AssistsPortland 21 (Miller 7), Orlando 14 (Nelson 4). Total FoulsPortland 14, Orlando 17. TechnicalsPortland defensive three second, Orlando defensive three second. A19,001 (18,500).

Bulls 85, Hornets 77

NEW ORLEANS (77): Pondexter 1-4 0-0 2, West 4-17 3-3 11, Okafor 3-7 2-4 8, Jack 8-19 6-7 23, Belinelli 6-12 2-2 17, Green 3-13 0-0 6, Landry 4-8 2-2 10, Gray 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-80 15-18 77.

CHICAGO (85): Deng 2-12 5-5 10, Boozer 8-14 3-3 19, Noah 3-7 0-1 6, Rose 8-21 6-7 24, Bogans 2-4 0-0 5, Brewer 5-7 0-0 10, Gibson 1-3 0-0 2, Asik 0-2 1-2 1, Watson 0-3 2-2 2, Korver 2-8 2-2 6. Totals 31-81 19-22 85.

New Orleans 23 20 17 17— 77

Chicago 26 17 23 19— 85

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 4-13 (Belinelli 3-6, Jack 1-2, Pondexter 0-1, West 0-2, Green 0-2), Chicago 4-20 (Rose 2-6, Bogans 1-2, Deng 1-5, Brewer 0-1, Watson 0-2, Korver 0-4). ReboundsNew Orleans 53 (West 11), Chicago 54 (Noah 13). AssistsNew Orleans 10 (Jack, West 3), Chicago 24 (Rose 9). Total FoulsNew Orleans 16, Chicago 17. TechnicalsChicago defensive three second. A21,997 (20,917).

Knicks 131, Jazz 109

UTAH (109): Kirilenko 2-2 0-0 4, Millsap 2-6 0-0 4, Jefferson 17-26 2-3 36, Harris 0-7 4-4 4, Bell 2-7 4-4 9, Favors 6-11 4-4 16, Miles 3-14 4-4 12, Watson 3-9 3-6 9, Hayward 4-5 1-1 11, Evans 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 41-91 22-26 109.

NEW YORK (131): Anthony 12-16 6-6 34, Jeffries 0-2 0-0 0, Stoudemire 12-15 7-7 31, Douglas 6-9 3-4 20, Fields 2-6 2-2 6, Mason 3-6 1-2 9, Sha.Williams 2-5 0-0 5, She.Williams 3-8 7-8 13, Carter 1-7 0-0 2, Brown 3-3 0-0 6, Balkman 1-3 0-0 3, Rautins 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 46-82 26-29 131.

Utah 24 24 26 35— 109

New York 40 26 36 29— 131

3-Point GoalsUtah 5-19 (Hayward 2-3, Miles 2-8, Bell 1-4, Watson 0-1, Harris 0-3), New York 13-26 (Douglas 5-7, Anthony 4-5, Mason 2-4, Balkman 1-2, Sha.Williams 1-3, Rautins 0-1, Fields 0-1, Carter 0-3). Fouled OutFavors. ReboundsUtah 52 (Jefferson 12), New York 41 (Jeffries 6). AssistsUtah 27 (Watson 8), New York 32 (She.Williams, Douglas 6). Total FoulsUtah 22, New York 23. A19,763 (19,763).

Clippers 92, Bobcats 87

L.A. CLIPPERS (92): Gomes 3-7 0-0 8, Griffin 5-11 7-8 17, Jordan 0-0 0-2 0, Williams 5-15 6-8 17, Foye 3-11 2-2 10, Kaman 6-13 4-4 16, Aminu 1-4 0-0 2, Bledsoe 5-8 1-2 13, Moon 1-1 0-0 2, Smith 2-4 3-3 7. Totals 31-74 23-29 92.

CHARLOTTE (87): McGuire 1-4 0-2 2, Diaw 8-13 1-2 19, Brown 3-6 1-4 7, Augustin 4-16 3-4 13, Henderson 10-18 0-0 20, White 3-9 3-4 9, Przybilla 0-1 0-0 0, Livingston 6-11 5-6 17, Carroll 0-0 0-0 0, Najera 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-78 13-22 87.

L.A. Clippers 27 22 22 21— 92

Charlotte 26 21 20 20— 87

3-Point GoalsL.A. Clippers 7-18 (Bledsoe 2-2, Gomes 2-5, Foye 2-5, Williams 1-3, Aminu 0-3), Charlotte 4-9 (Diaw 2-2, Augustin 2-7). ReboundsL.A. Clippers 54 (Griffin 15), Charlotte 47 (Diaw 8). AssistsL.A. Clippers 18 (Williams 7), Charlotte 22 (Diaw 8). Total FoulsL.A. Clippers 19, Charlotte 18. TechnicalsGomes, Jordan. A16,438 (19,077).

Grizzlies 107, Thunder 101

OKLAHOMA CITY (101): Durant 8-20 3-5 23, Ibaka 7-10 0-2 14, Mohammed 2-4 0-0 4, Westbrook 11-21 4-5 27, Sefolosha 1-2 1-2 3, Collison 2-4 1-2 5, Harden 7-11 2-2 16, Maynor 1-2 0-0 2, Aldrich 1-1 0-0 2, Cook 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 42-81 11-18 101.

MEMPHIS (107): Young 5-9 2-3 12, Randolph 6-9 5-6 17, Gasol 9-13 0-0 18, Conley 9-20 2-2 20, Allen 7-12 5-7 20, Battier 3-6 1-2 7, Mayo 2-6 2-4 7, Arthur 3-9 0-0 6, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 44-85 17-26 107.

Oklahoma City 24 22 27 28— 101

Memphis 25 33 21 28— 107

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 6-18 (Durant 4-10, Westbrook 1-2, Cook 1-5, Harden 0-1), Memphis 2-12 (Allen 1-2, Mayo 1-2, Randolph 0-1, Battier 0-2, Conley 0-5). ReboundsOklahoma City 47 (Harden, Ibaka, Durant 6), Memphis 49 (Battier, Mayo 7). AssistsOklahoma City 21 (Westbrook 7), Memphis 22 (Conley 9). Total FoulsOklahoma City 23, Memphis 19. A13,903 (18,119).

Mavericks 108, T'wolves 105

DALLAS (108): Stojakovic 4-9 0-0 9, Nowitzki 7-12 10-10 25, Haywood 3-4 2-3 8, Kidd 4-8 3-3 13, Beaubois 4-10 0-0 9, Terry 3-11 4-4 11, Brewer 1-1 0-0 2, Marion 4-11 1-2 9, Mahinmi 1-3 0-0 2, Barea 3-7 0-0 8, Cardinal 4-8 0-0 12. Totals 38-84 20-22 108.

MINNESOTA (105): Beasley 8-22 4-9 20, Love 7-14 5-6 23, Milicic 3-5 0-0 6, Ridnour 3-10 1-1 9, Johnson 2-5 0-0 5, Pekovic 2-4 2-4 6, Flynn 5-8 0-0 11, Webster 1-5 1-1 3, Tolliver 2-5 3-3 8, Ellington 5-7 0-0 12, Randolph 1-3 0-2 2. Totals 39-88 16-26 105.

Dallas 22 26 25 35— 108

Minnesota 30 20 30 25— 105

3-Point GoalsDallas 12-35 (Cardinal 4-8, Barea 2-5, Kidd 2-6, Nowitzki 1-2, Stojakovic 1-4, Beaubois 1-4, Terry 1-6), Minnesota 11-23 (Love 4-6, Ridnour 2-3, Ellington 2-3, Tolliver 1-1, Johnson 1-3, Flynn 1-4, Beasley 0-1, Webster 0-2). ReboundsDallas 52 (Marion, Haywood 10), Minnesota 55 (Love 17). AssistsDallas 29 (Kidd 9), Minnesota 23 (Love 5). Total FoulsDallas 19, Minnesota 21. TechnicalsDallas defensive three second, Beasley. A13,288 (19,356).

Minus Howard, Magic rally fails 03/07/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 12:28am]

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