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Blazers bully Magic

Rasheed Wallace had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and Derek Anderson added 26 points as the Trail Blazers beat the Magic 98-84 on Wednesday night to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

Scottie Pippen added 13 points and five assists for the Blazers.

Orlando's Tracy McGrady led all scorers with 33 points, the seventh consecutive game he's scored at least 30 _ a franchise record and the ninth time overall this year.

Guard Damon Stoudamire, who did not play in the Blazers' last game after getting benched, did not start and was a non-factor in 14 minutes. He was scoreless on 0-for-3 shooting with three rebounds and two assists.

Mike Miller scored 12 points for the Magic, who fell to 2-3 on its six-game road trip. Orlando shot just 36.5 percent from the floor and was 20 points below its league-leading 104.1 average.

Orlando forward Grant Hill, who missed Sunday's game at Sacramento with soreness in his troublesome left ankle, started but did not play again after nine minutes of action. Team officials described the move as precautionary. Hill scored two points on 1-of-4 shooting.

PISTONS 79, HEAT 68: Ben Wallace had 19 rebounds, a season-best 12 points and tied a franchise high with 10 blocks to lead host Detroit. The triple-double was the second of Wallace's career. Chucky Atkins scored a season-best 21 points in place of the injured Chauncey Billups for the Pistons.

O'Neal almost ready

SAN ANTONIO _ Shaquille O'Neal plans to make his season debut for the Lakers on Friday night at home against the Chicago Bulls.

The All-Star center, who had surgery on his arthritic right big toe in early September, is scheduled for another checkup by team doctors today.

"I'll probably get cleared (today), so hopefully I can come back on Friday," O'Neal said.

At the time of the injury, it was expected the All-Star center would be sidelined 6-8 weeks.

Without him, the Lakers have struggled to a 3-9 record, 1-6 on the road after getting routed Tuesday by undefeated Dallas 98-72 and losing Wednesday to San Antonio.

HAWKS: Rookie Dan Dickau will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks after surgery to repair a cartilage tear in his left knee.

RAPTORS: Guard Jermaine Jackson, who appeared in 24 games with the team last season but was cut in October, signed.

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