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Rookie's fourth quarter leads Magic past Suns

J.J. Redick hits 4 of 8 3-pointers as the Magic hands the Suns another loss.

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J.J. Redick hits 4 of 8 3-pointers as the Magic hands the Suns another loss.

PHOENIX — Rookie power forward Andrew Nicholson scored nine of his career-high 19 in the fourth quarter and the Magic pulled away to hand the Suns their seventh loss in a row, 98-90 on Sunday.

Nicholson made 9 of 11 shots and grabbed nine rebounds, also the best of his career.

J.J. Redick scored 17 of his 20 in the first half for the Magic in the final stop of its five-game road trip.

Shannon Brown scored 17 and Jared Dudley 15 for the Suns, who were without starting point guard Goran Dragic due to illness. Phoenix's losing streak is its longest since 2004.

Redick's only points of the second half came on a 3-pointer that put the Magic ahead for good 78-75 with 10:13 left.

Orlando used an 11-3 run to take its biggest lead, 93-82, when Arron Afflalo made two free throws with 4:38 left.

Anthony scores 34 in return from injury

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence with 34 points against his former team, and the Knicks beat the Nuggets 112-106 to remain the NBA's lone unbeaten team at home.

Back in the starting lineup after missing two games with a cut on the middle finger of his left hand that required stitches, Anthony twice made baskets in the final 2:08 after Denver had pulled within four points.

The Knicks bounced back from their worst offensive performance of the season a night earlier in Chicago and improved to 8-0 at Madison Square Garden.

Game highlights: Kevin Durant scored 27 and Kevin Martin added 24 as the host Thunder, using the league's highest-scoring offense, beat the Pacers, who have the stingiest defense, 104-93. It was the eighth straight win for the Thunder, which eclipsed 100 points for the 12th consecutive game. … Brandon Jennings scored 26, Monta Ellis had 24 and the Bucks withstood a fourth-quarter rally in a 97-88 victory over the host Nets. … Jamal Crawford led a rally by the reserves with 16 points and the Clippers won their sixth in a row, 102-83, and handed the Raptors their 10th consecutive road loss.

Around the league: Cavaliers coach Byron Scott was fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing the officiating after a 91-73 loss Friday. The Cavs attempted nine free throws to Minnesota's 35, and Scott said the officiating was "that bad." He said: "I mean I understand we're playing in Minnesota, but 35-9, we went to the basket just as much as they did." … Celtics forward Chris Wilcox was fined $25,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture to the 76ers' Kiss Cam on Friday. … When Lakers forward Pau Gasol returns from his knee tendinitis coach Mike D'Antoni said he will be starting, not coming off the bench in a sixth man role. "We need to find him and Steve (Nash) in there together and look at it and make a good assessment," D'Antoni said. "… I'm not going to mess with Pau. He's too important to the team and he's earned it and he's too good of a player to even go there." Like Gasol, Nash (broken leg) could make his return during the upcoming four-game road trip.

Magic 98, Suns 90

ORLANDO (98): Harkless 2-2 0-0 4, Davis 7-11 1-4 15, Vucevic 6-9 0-0 12, Nelson 1-7 2-2 4, Afflalo 5-11 4-4 14, Redick 6-14 4-4 20, Ayon 0-3 0-0 0, Nicholson 9-11 1-2 19, Moore 4-8 1-2 10, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, McRoberts 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 40-77 13-18 98.

PHOENIX (90): Dudley 6-13 2-4 15, Morris 5-12 0-0 10, Gortat 6-8 0-1 12, Telfair 1-7 3-4 6, Brown 6-16 3-3 17, Scola 5-9 1-1 11, Beasley 0-2 3-4 3, Johnson 2-2 0-0 5, Garrett 1-1 0-0 2, O'Neal 4-8 1-1 9. Totals 36-78 13-18 90.

Orlando 20 33 18 27— 98

Phoenix 23 25 22 20— 90

3-Point GoalsOrlando 5-15 (Redick 4-8, Moore 1-2, Afflalo 0-1, McRoberts 0-1, Nelson 0-3), Phoenix 5-20 (Brown 2-8, Johnson 1-1, Dudley 1-4, Telfair 1-4, Scola 0-1, Morris 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 53 (Vucevic, Nicholson 9), Phoenix 36 (Gortat 6). AssistsOrlando 31 (Redick 9), Phoenix 22 (Telfair 8). Total FoulsOrlando 15, Phoenix 19. A13,565.

Knicks 112, Nuggets 106

DENVER (106): Faried 5-7 0-2 10, Gallinari 7-11 6-9 21, Koufos 4-5 0-0 8, Lawson 7-15 7-8 23, Iguodala 5-12 3-4 15, C.Brewer 7-13 1-2 15, McGee 2-3 0-0 4, A.Miller 3-6 4-4 10. Totals 40-72 21-29 106.

NEW YORK (112): Anthony 10-24 11-16 34, R.Brewer 3-6 2-2 9, T.Chandler 7-8 1-4 15, Kidd 4-7 6-6 17, Felton 4-15 2-2 10, Smith 5-19 3-6 15, Novak 2-5 1-1 7, Prigioni 1-1 0-0 3, Thomas 1-1 0-0 2, White 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-86 26-37 112.

Denver 25 33 26 22— 106

New York 23 38 19 32— 112

3-Point GoalsDenver 5-17 (Lawson 2-3, Iguodala 2-5, Gallinari 1-5, C.Brewer 0-4), New York 12-30 (Kidd 3-4, Anthony 3-8, Novak 2-4, Smith 2-7, Prigioni 1-1, R.Brewer 1-4, Felton 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 47 (Gallinari 9), New York 53 (T.Chandler 12). AssistsDenver 18 (Lawson 6), New York 20 (Kidd 7). Total FoulsDenver 22, New York 22. TechnicalsGallinari, Denver Coach Karl, Anthony. A19,033.

Thunder 104, Pacers 93

INDIANA (93): George 5-15 4-4 17, West 10-16 1-3 21, Hibbert 4-9 2-2 10, Stephenson 4-8 1-1 10, Hill 5-14 3-3 15, Mahinmi 2-7 0-0 4, Green 4-7 0-0 8, Augustin 2-3 0-0 4, Young 1-2 0-0 2, T.Hansbrough 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 38-82 11-13 93.

OKLAHOMA CITY (104): Durant 9-24 8-10 27, Ibaka 6-9 0-0 12, Perkins 1-2 2-2 4, Westbrook 7-17 6-7 21, Sefolosha 1-4 0-0 2, Martin 7-12 7-8 24, Collison 2-3 1-1 5, Thabeet 1-1 1-2 3, Maynor 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 37-76 25-30 104.

Indiana 22 34 18 19— 93

Oklahoma City 25 32 27 20— 104

3-Point GoalsIndiana 6-17 (George 3-6, Hill 2-7, Stephenson 1-1, Augustin 0-1, Green 0-1, Young 0-1), Oklahoma City 5-19 (Martin 3-6, Westbrook 1-3, Durant 1-5, Collison 0-1, Maynor 0-1, Ibaka 0-1, Sefolosha 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 38 (West 9), Oklahoma City 52 (Perkins, Ibaka 9). AssistsIndiana 13 (George, Hill 3), Oklahoma City 16 (Westbrook 6). Total FoulsIndiana 20, Oklahoma City 16. TechnicalsIndiana three second, Westbrook. A18,203.

Bucks 97, Nets 88

MILWAUKEE (97): Daniels 5-10 2-2 13, Sanders 3-12 0-0 6, Udoh 1-2 1-1 3, Jennings 8-19 6-6 26, Ellis 8-13 8-9 24, Mbah a Moute 2-5 5-10 9, Ilyasova 4-8 1-1 10, Lamb 2-2 1-1 6, Przybilla 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-71 24-30 97.

BROOKLYN (88): Wallace 6-12 4-6 16, Evans 2-3 1-2 5, Blatche 3-7 5-6 11, Williams 8-19 1-2 18, Johnson 2-8 1-2 6, Humphries 2-8 0-0 4, Stackhouse 3-10 0-0 9, Childress 0-2 0-0 0, Teletovic 0-0 0-0 0, Watson 2-5 0-0 5, Brooks 4-5 5-5 14. Totals 32-79 17-23 88.

Milwaukee 25 23 27 22— 97

Brooklyn 18 13 24 33— 88

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 7-16 (Jennings 4-7, Lamb 1-1, Daniels 1-2, Ilyasova 1-4, Mbah a Moute 0-1, Ellis 0-1), Brooklyn 7-25 (Stackhouse 3-7, Brooks 1-1, Johnson 1-3, Watson 1-4, Williams 1-7, Wallace 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 40 (Daniels 7), Brooklyn 57 (Wallace 16). AssistsMilwaukee 21 (Jennings 7), Brooklyn 22 (Williams 8). Total FoulsMilwaukee 19, Brooklyn 20. TechnicalsEvans, Brooklyn defensive three second. A16,390.

Clippers 102, Raptors 83

TORONTO (83): Kleiza 5-11 2-3 17, Bargnani 5-15 0-0 12, Valanciunas 0-3 1-2 1, Lowry 2-6 0-0 4, DeRozan 10-17 3-4 24, Johnson 4-7 3-4 11, Calderon 1-5 2-2 5, Ross 1-7 0-0 3, Davis 2-6 2-2 6, Lucas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-77 13-17 83.

L.A. CLIPPERS (102): Butler 4-9 0-0 9, Griffin 7-11 5-6 19, Jordan 1-7 5-11 7, Paul 5-10 5-5 16, Green 2-4 0-0 4, Odom 2-6 0-0 4, Crawford 4-14 6-8 16, Barnes 2-5 2-2 7, Bledsoe 6-9 1-2 14, Turiaf 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 36-79 24-34 102.

Toronto 21 26 26 10— 83

L.A. Clippers 25 19 33 25— 102

3-Point GoalsToronto 10-26 (Kleiza 5-6, Bargnani 2-5, DeRozan 1-2, Calderon 1-3, Ross 1-6, Valanciunas 0-1, Lowry 0-3), L.A. Clippers 6-19 (Crawford 2-5, Butler 1-2, Paul 1-2, Bledsoe 1-2, Barnes 1-3, Green 0-1, Odom 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 48 (Johnson 12), L.A. Clippers 56 (Jordan 10). AssistsToronto 22 (Lowry 9), L.A. Clippers 21 (Bledsoe 6). Total FoulsToronto 22, L.A. Clippers 17. TechnicalsKleiza, Lucas, Toronto defensive three second, Barnes, Jordan. Ejected—Lucas, Barnes. A19,060.

Rookie's fourth quarter leads Magic past Suns 12/09/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 9, 2012 11:02pm]
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