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Surging Magic rallies to beat Nets

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ORLANDO — Nik Vucevic had 20 points and nine rebounds, and the Magic rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Nets 100-93 on Wednesday night.

Evan Fournier added 17 points and five assists for Orlando, which has won seven of nine. Vucevic has scored 20 or more in seven straight games.

The Magic trailed for most of the second half but used a 9-0 run late in the third quarter to cut into what had been a double-digit deficit. It outscored the Nets 32-20 in the final quarter.

Brooklyn led by as many as 13 but fell apart down the stretch, making 3 of 20 3-pointers.

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 24 point and 15 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 points.

Trailing 93-90, Orlando scored on back-to-back layups by Vucevic and Tobias Harris to take a 94-93 lead with 45 seconds left.

The Nets struggled to find an open shot on their ensuing trip, and Jarret Jack missed a rushed 20-footer off the front of the rim as the shot clock wound down.

Victor Oladipo then was fouled and hi two free throws.

Coming out of a timeout, Brooklyn never got the ball in bounds, turning it over on an offensive foul call on Lopez for a push off on Harris.

Orlando's Elfrid Payton, who has been hampered by a sprained right ankle, started at point guard but played just five minutes in the first half. Shabazz Napier started the second half and Payton sat out the rest of the game.

Without its primary ballhandler facilitating offense in the half court, the Magic struggled at times to find a rhythm on offense.

The Nets were the more energetic team in the first half and used a 19-7 surge in the second quarter to build a 13-point lead.

Orlando went through several different lineups trying to find some cohesion, with 12 of the 13 active players on the roster seeing action.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: J.J. Redick scored 26, Austin Rivers added a season-best 22 and the visiting Clippers held off the Hornets 122-117. Chris Paul had 19 points and 11 assists for Los Angeles, which had a season high for points.

PLAYER SHOT: Knicks player Cleanthony Early was shot in the leg as he left a strip club by masked robbers who demanded his "gold," law enforcement officials said.

Early left CityScapes in Queens with his girlfriend about 4:30 a.m. in an Uber cab when his vehicle was surrounded by at least two other cars and as many as six men got out, the officials said. Early handed over two gold chains before he was shot in the right kneecap, the officials said. The men drove off. The Uber driver and girlfriend were uninjured, and the driver was robbed only of his identification. Early, 24, was hospitalized in stable condition.

The team said in a brief statement that it was aware of an incident involving Early and "relieved that he is not in a life-threatening situation."

Police were searching for suspects and trying to determine if it was a carefully planned attack or a spur-of-the-moment hit.

The theft comes about 10 days after Knicks forward Derrick Williams was robbed of $617,000 in jewelry from his home. He had taken home two women from a Manhattan club. Police are still looking for suspects.

CURRY OUT: Warriors star guard Stephen Curry has a bruised lower left leg that sidelined him for the game at Dallas and could keep him out for the second day of a back-to-back in Houston. As for whether interim coach Luke Walton is relieved that an MRI exam didn't reveal something more serious, that's not quite accurate. "A relief is if they said he was playing and that he was healthy," Walton said.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Hornets center Al Jefferson is set to have arthroscopic knee surgery today and is expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks. … Bulls guard Derrick Rose sat out because of right hamstring tendinitis. … Timberwolves veteran center Nikola Pekovic was cleared to participate in full contact practices, the next step toward his return from April surgery on his Achilles tendon.

Magic 100, Nets 93

BROOKLYN (93): Johnson 3-8 0-0 7, Young 5-7 6-6 16, Lopez 7-18 10-12 24, Jack 2-11 1-1 5, Bogdanovic 9-17 1-1 20, Ellington 3-6 2-2 9, Larkin 0-3 0-0 0, Robinson 2-4 0-0 4, Reed 3-5 0-0 6, Bargnani 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 35-83 20-22 93.

ORLANDO (100): Harris 5-13 2-3 12, Frye 3-7 0-0 8, Vucevic 9-18 2-2 20, Payton 0-0 0-0 0, Fournier 5-12 4-4 17, Napier 2-4 2-2 7, Nicholson 3-5 0-0 6, Smith 2-3 2-2 6, Oladipo 3-11 4-4 12, Gordon 3-5 3-4 10, Dedmon 1-3 0-0 2, Hezonja 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-82 19-21 100.

Brooklyn 26 26 21 20— 93

Orlando 26 19 23 32— 100

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 3-20 (Ellington 1-4, Johnson 1-5, Bogdanovic 1-6, Lopez 0-1, Jack 0-4), Orlando 9-26 (Fournier 3-8, Frye 2-5, Oladipo 2-5, Gordon 1-1, Napier 1-2, Nicholson 0-1, Hezonja 0-1, Harris 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 42 (Lopez 15), Orlando 56 (Vucevic 9). AssistsBrooklyn 23 (Jack 10), Orlando 21 (Fournier 5). Total FoulsBrooklyn 18, Orlando 18. A18,397 (18,500).

Clippers 122, Hornets 117

L.A. CLIPPERS (122): Mbah a Moute 2-3 0-0 4, Pierce 4-9 2-2 13, Jordan 4-4 5-10 13, Paul 4-13 11-12 19, Redick 8-14 5-5 26, Johnson 1-4 0-2 2, Crawford 2-5 5-5 11, Rivers 7-11 4-4 22, Prigioni 2-2 0-0 5, Aldrich 3-6 1-1 7, Stephenson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-71 33-41 122.

CHARLOTTE (117): Hairston 2-9 0-0 5, Williams 2-8 0-0 5, Zeller 4-6 4-4 12, Walker 9-19 9-9 29, Batum 6-11 5-5 19, Kaminsky 5-15 8-8 20, Hansbrough 1-1 2-6 4, Lamb 7-13 4-4 19, Roberts 2-5 0-0 4, Daniels 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-88 32-36 117.

L.A. Clippers 32 33 27 30— 122

Charlotte 25 31 30 31— 117

3-Point GoalsL.A. Clippers 15-30 (Redick 5-6, Rivers 4-6, Pierce 3-7, Crawford 2-4, Prigioni 1-1, Johnson 0-3, Paul 0-3), Charlotte 9-30 (Batum 2-4, Walker 2-5, Kaminsky 2-6, Lamb 1-1, Williams 1-4, Hairston 1-6, Daniels 0-1, Roberts 0-3). Fouled OutLamb. ReboundsL.A. Clippers 44 (Jordan 13), Charlotte 52 (Batum, Zeller 8). AssistsL.A. Clippers 27 (Paul 11), Charlotte 20 (Walker 7). Total FoulsL.A. Clippers 26, Charlotte 26. TechnicalsL.A. Clippers defensive three second 2, Walker. A19,145 (19,077).

Lakers 112, Celtics 104

L.A. LAKERS (112): Bryant 5-18 3-5 15, Nance Jr. 3-4 0-0 6, Hibbert 0-5 0-0 0, Clarkson 10-15 3-5 24, Williams 7-9 4-4 19, Russell 7-17 0-0 16, Randle 6-16 2-4 15, N.Young 3-6 0-0 8, Bass 2-4 5-5 9. Totals 43-94 17-23 112.

BOSTON (104): Crowder 4-14 7-7 17, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Sullinger 3-6 0-2 7, Thomas 7-13 9-9 24, Bradley 6-16 0-0 13, Olynyk 2-5 0-0 5, Jerebko 1-3 1-2 3, Turner 8-15 4-5 20, J.Young 2-4 0-0 5, Lee 3-5 0-0 6, Smart 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 38-88 21-25 104.

L.A. Lakers 24 34 31 23— 112

Boston 27 29 22 26— 104

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 9-19 (N.Young 2-3, Bryant 2-5, Russell 2-7, Clarkson 1-1, Randle 1-1, Williams 1-2), Boston 7-27 (Crowder 2-9, Olynyk 1-1, J.Young 1-2, Sullinger 1-2, Thomas 1-3, Bradley 1-7, Lee 0-1, Smart 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 58 (Randle 12), Boston 53 (Sullinger 8). AssistsL.A. Lakers 22 (Randle 4), Boston 23 (Turner 8). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 22, Boston 20. TechnicalsBoston defensive three second 2. A18,624 (18,624).

Raptors 94, Wizards 91

WASHINGTON (91): Porter 8-14 1-2 20, Dudley 6-10 2-3 17, Gortat 5-15 2-2 12, Wall 8-23 3-4 19, Temple 1-6 1-2 4, Oubre Jr. 1-3 0-0 2, Sessions 3-8 4-4 11, Humphries 3-6 0-0 6, Eddie 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 35-87 13-17 91.

TORONTO (94): Carroll 2-10 2-5 7, Scola 1-6 2-2 4, Valanciunas 4-7 0-0 8, Lowry 2-12 5-5 11, DeRozan 9-24 15-15 34, Biyombo 3-3 6-9 12, Ross 6-12 0-0 14, Patterson 0-3 0-0 0, Joseph 1-5 2-3 4. Totals 28-82 32-39 94.

Washington 27 14 24 26— 91

Toronto 28 24 25 17— 94

3-Point GoalsWashington 8-22 (Porter 3-5, Dudley 3-6, Temple 1-1, Sessions 1-1, Eddie 0-1, Humphries 0-1, Oubre Jr. 0-1, Wall 0-6), Toronto 6-24 (Ross 2-4, Lowry 2-8, DeRozan 1-3, Carroll 1-5, Scola 0-1, Patterson 0-3). Fouled OutTemple. ReboundsWashington 52 (Gortat, Porter 9), Toronto 65 (Biyombo 12). AssistsWashington 24 (Wall 11), Toronto 14 (Lowry 6). Total FoulsWashington 27, Toronto 16. TechnicalsWall, Washington defensive three second. A19,800 (19,800).

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