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Record first half helps Magic win laugher

Magic center Dwight Howard, left, grabs a rebound in front of Timberwolves center Kosta Koufos during the first half.

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Magic center Dwight Howard, left, grabs a rebound in front of Timberwolves center Kosta Koufos during the first half.

ORLANDO — Dwight Howard had 18 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks to help the Magic set a franchise record for points in the first half in a 128-86 victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Vince Carter had 20 points and Ryan Anderson 19 for Orlando, which shook up the starting lineup to score 78 in the opening half for an easy win. The Magic started Anderson at power forward, moved Rashard Lewis to small forward and bumped Quentin Richardson out of the starting lineup.

The new lineup worked just fine in handing Minnesota the worst loss in franchise history.

"No one enjoys getting blown out," Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis said. "You look at all the young teams, they go through their growing pains. It hurts, but you've got to get through it."

Kevin Love had 22 points and former Gator Corey Brewer 12 for the Timberwolves.

With Howard doing his work inside, Orlando's shooters were freed up to hit 3-pointers at will. Anderson hit 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions, Carter had three 3's and J.J. Redick and Chris Duhon combined to hit three to give the Magic a 78-45 lead after the first half.

The outburst came despite the fact that Howard picked up two personal fouls and one technical in the first two minutes and sat out the rest of the first quarter. Love had a technical foul in the second half for arguing.

Orlando broke its mark of 75 first-half points against the Kings on Jan. 13, 2009. That night, the Magic set an NBA record with 23 3-pointers.

It was a strong showing — albeit against one of the NBA's worst teams — for Magic coach Stan Van Gundy's lineup swap. For the first time in years in a regular-season game, Orlando started Lewis at small forward and moved Anderson into the lineup at power forward.

The lengthy lineup exposed the Timberwolves' lack of depth, size and overall talent against one of the Eastern Conference's elite. Minnesota's play was often embarrassing at times, too.

In the third quarter, Love and Brewer inadvertently tipped a rebound in for a Magic basket. Wayne Ellington dribbled the ball off his leg earlier in the game for a backcourt violation, and Howard swatted shots into the stands more than once.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Former Gator Al Horford had six straight points in an 18-4 run to finish the game, and the host Hawks beat the Pistons 94-85 to improve to 5-0 and remain the only unbeaten team in the Eastern Conference. Detroit is 0-5 for the first time since the 1980-81 season, when it started 0-7. It won its fifth game after starting 0-4 in 1999-2000. … D.J. Augustin hit two go-ahead free throws with 30.9 seconds to play, and the visiting Bobcats won for the first time this season, overcoming a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit for an 85-83 decision over the Nets. Boris Diaw had 24 points and Gerald Wallace had 20 to lead Charlotte, which survived two final shots by Travis Outlaw in the closing seconds. … Elton Brand had 25 points and 12 rebounds to help the host 76ers to their first victory of the season, 101-75 over the Pacers.

GARDEN SCARE: Madison Square Garden will reopen Friday night for the Knicks' game against the Wizards after an asbestos scare forced the postponement of Tuesday's game against the Magic. That game has not been rescheduled. City environmental officials who inspected the 42-year-old sports and concert hall Tuesday afternoon gave it a clean bill of health.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley did not play against the Magic because of a left hip injury. … Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal missed the game against the Bucks with a bruised right knee. … Hawks guard Jamal Crawford sat out against the Pistons because of turf toe. … The Jazz, already missing Mehmet Okur, was without a second big man as Kyrylo Fesenko missed the game against the Raptors with a gastric ailment. … 76ers coach Doug Collins was not on the bench for the second half of the game against the Pacers because of symptoms related to vertigo. … Nuggets center Nene missed the game against the Mavericks with a strained left groin. … Clippers guard Baron Davis missed his second straight game with a sore left knee.

Magic 128, Timberwolves 86

MINNESOTA (86): Johnson 3-11 2-2 8, Love 8-19 5-6 22, Milicic 0-6 0-0 0, Ridnour 3-4 3-3 9, Brewer 2-7 6-6 12, Pekovic 1-3 2-4 4, Hayward 1-8 2-2 5, Ellington 3-9 1-1 7, Telfair 2-6 2-2 6, Tolliver 1-2 1-2 4, Koufos 2-5 0-0 4, Ager 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 28-84 24-28 86.

ORLANDO (128): Lewis 4-13 2-2 11, Anderson 6-10 3-4 19, Howard 7-13 4-11 18, Nelson 2-9 0-0 4, Carter 7-12 2-4 20, Gortat 6-7 0-0 12, Bass 6-7 7-7 19, Duhon 2-2 0-0 6, Richardson 3-7 1-2 9, Redick 3-9 2-2 10, Pietrus 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 46-92 21-32 128.

Minnesota 18 27 18 23— 86

Orlando 37 41 24 26— 128

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 6-16 (Brewer 2-2, Tolliver 1-1, Ager 1-1, Hayward 1-2, Love 1-3, Telfair 0-1, Johnson 0-2, Ellington 0-4), Orlando 15-31 (Carter 4-5, Anderson 4-8, Duhon 2-2, Redick 2-3, Richardson 2-5, Lewis 1-3, Pietrus 0-1, Nelson 0-4). Fouled OutPekovic. ReboundsMinnesota 51 (Love 9), Orlando 66 (Howard 16). AssistsMinnesota 11 (Telfair 5), Orlando 27 (Nelson 9). Total FoulsMinnesota 29, Orlando 26. TechnicalsLove, Milicic, Howard. A18,846 (18,500).

Hawks 94, Pistons 85

DETROIT (85): Prince 8-14 0-0 17, Daye 2-12 2-2 6, Wallace 0-1 0-0 0, Stuckey 2-6 0-0 5, Gordon 9-19 4-5 22, Villanueva 6-16 2-2 14, McGrady 4-7 1-2 9, Summers 2-6 0-0 5, Monroe 3-9 1-4 7. Totals 36-90 10-15 85.

ATLANTA (94): Williams 3-8 5-6 11, Smith 8-12 5-8 22, Horford 8-12 2-2 18, Bibby 2-5 0-0 4, Johnson 5-15 2-2 14, Teague 2-2 3-3 7, Pachulia 6-7 0-0 12, Powell 1-4 2-2 4, Jo.Crawford 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 36-67 19-23 94.

Detroit 22 26 18 19— 85

Atlanta 24 20 26 24— 94

3-Point GoalsDetroit 3-17 (Prince 1-1, Summers 1-1, Stuckey 1-3, McGrady 0-1, Gordon 0-3, Daye 0-3, Villanueva 0-5), Atlanta 3-14 (Johnson 2-7, Smith 1-1, Jo.Crawford 0-1, Powell 0-1, Williams 0-1, Bibby 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 48 (Monroe 8), Atlanta 46 (Smith 11). AssistsDetroit 21 (Gordon 4), Atlanta 25 (Johnson 8). Total FoulsDetroit 21, Atlanta 13. TechnicalsAtlanta defensive three second. A13,003 (18,729).

76ers 101, Pacers 75

INDIANA (75): Granger 2-14 2-2 7, McRoberts 4-6 0-0 10, Hibbert 4-12 1-2 9, Collison 4-16 3-3 11, Dunleavy 2-11 0-0 6, Hansbrough 2-6 2-6 6, S.Jones 3-4 0-0 6, George 1-4 0-0 2, Ford 3-10 0-0 7, D.Jones 2-3 4-4 8, Posey 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 28-89 12-17 75.

PHILADELPHIA (101): Nocioni 1-5 1-2 4, Brand 9-15 7-7 25, Hawes 3-5 2-4 9, Holiday 4-8 3-3 11, Iguodala 4-9 3-4 11, Turner 5-8 2-2 12, Young 7-14 1-1 16, Williams 4-8 2-2 11, Speights 1-6 0-0 2, Kapono 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 38-81 21-25 101.

Indiana 16 15 27 17— 75

Philadelphia 31 26 21 23— 101

3-Point GoalsIndiana 7-22 (McRoberts 2-3, Dunleavy 2-4, Posey 1-3, Ford 1-3, Granger 1-4, Hibbert 0-1, George 0-2, Collison 0-2), Philadelphia 4-12 (Hawes 1-1, Young 1-1, Nocioni 1-3, Williams 1-3, Iguodala 0-1, Kapono 0-1, Turner 0-1, Holiday 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 54 (Hibbert 8), Philadelphia 59 (Brand 12). AssistsIndiana 19 (Collison, Hibbert, Granger 3), Philadelphia 21 (Holiday 5). Total FoulsIndiana 19, Philadelphia 18. TechnicalsPhiladelphia defensive three second. A12,277 (20,318).

Bobcats 85, Nets 83

CHARLOTTE (85): Wallace 6-11 8-8 20, Diaw 10-18 2-4 24, Mohammed 6-8 0-0 12, Augustin 1-7 2-2 5, Jackson 2-12 6-6 12, Diop 1-3 0-1 2, Thomas 3-5 0-2 6, Henderson 1-4 0-0 2, Livingston 1-3 0-0 2, D.Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Collins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-72 18-23 85.

NEW JERSEY (83): Outlaw 2-5 0-0 6, Murphy 1-3 0-0 2, Lopez 6-17 5-6 17, Harris 7-17 4-4 19, Morrow 5-11 0-0 11, Favors 5-7 1-1 11, Farmar 1-6 2-2 5, Williams 3-6 0-0 6, Petro 0-0 0-0 0, James 1-2 2-2 4, Humphries 1-1 0-0 2, Ross 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-75 14-15 83.

Charlotte 23 18 21 23— 85

New Jersey 19 21 21 22— 83

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 5-19 (Jackson 2-6, Diaw 2-6, Augustin 1-5, Wallace 0-2), New Jersey 5-17 (Outlaw 2-3, Farmar 1-3, Morrow 1-4, Harris 1-6, Murphy 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCharlotte 48 (Wallace 11), New Jersey 42 (Favors 8). AssistsCharlotte 21 (Augustin 7), New Jersey 21 (Harris 8). Total FoulsCharlotte 18, New Jersey 21. TechnicalsJackson, Livingston, New Jersey defensive three second. A11,778 (18,500).

Record first half helps Magic win laugher 11/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 12:05am]
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