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Despite strong start, Magic fall short on road vs. Pacers

Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington each scored 26 to lead the Pacers to a 94-80 victory over the Magic on Wednesday night.

Jermaine O'Neal added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Jeff Foster grabbed 18 rebounds for Indiana, which returned home after losing its final three games of a six-game road trip.

Dwight Howard scored 20 and Grant Hill added 16 for Eastern Conference-leading Orlando (14-6), which suffered its second loss at Indiana this season.

In the first quarter, it was Hill's 14 points on 7-for-7 shooting that helped the Magic stay close. Orlando tied the score at 25 late in the period on a Hill layup, but Danny Granger's 3-pointer put the Pacers back in front.

In the second quarter, the teams traded baskets early before Indiana took control.

The Pacers ended the first half with an 11-4 run, which included Jackson's acrobatic layup over Tony Battie with less than a minute left as Indiana took a 52-42 lead into halftime.

Orlando cut the deficit to 62-55 after Howard's layup midway through the third quarter, but the Pacers pushed their lead to 76-59 after scoring 14 of the final 18 points of the period.

Wizards 113, Knicks 102

NEW YORK - Gilbert Arenas scored 38, and Washington used a sizzling performance from 3-point range for its first road victory of the season.

In a complete turnaround from their last visit to New York, the Wizards went 14-for-20 from behind the arc, tying the franchise record and matching an NBA season high for shots made. In a 102-82 loss at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 15, the Wizards tied a league record for futility by misfiring on all 15 3-pointers.

Arenas and Antawn Jamison combined to go 0-for-11 that night, but each made six Wednesday.

Cavaliers 95, Raptors 91

CLEVELAND - LeBron James scored 26 and did everything the Cavaliers needed him to in the final minutes.

With Cleveland down by seven, James had three assists, grabbed a rebound and scored five points - two on a dunk - during a 13-0 burst that put the Cavaliers ahead 90-86. After Fred Jones hit a 3-pointer for Toronto, James fed Donyell Marshall for a 3-pointer to make it 93-89 with 17.9 seconds remaining.

Spurs 96, Bobcats 76

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tim Duncan shook off a slow start to score 25 and the Spurs avenged a home loss to the Bobcats.

Charlotte, which won in San Antonio 95-92 in overtime three weeks ago, led by seven in the first quarter, when Duncan missed three dunks.

But San Antonio recovered and took an 11-point second-quarter lead and the Bobcats faded in the second half after guard Brevin Knight was ejected for picking up two technical fouls.

Grizzlies 98, Celtics 96

BOSTON - Rudy Gay's jumper with 2.6 seconds left lifted the Grizzlies.

Former USF standout Chucky Atkins scored 19 and Lawrence Roberts added a career-high 18 for Memphis, which improved to 2-9 on the road.

The Grizzlies squandered a 17-point fourth-quarter lead, but Gay bailed them out when he took a Mike Miller pass and sank a jumper from the top of the key with 2.6 seconds left.

Sebastian Telfair missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Bucks 102, Blazers 94 (OT)

MILWAUKEE - Michael Redd scored 33 as the Bucks won in overtime.

Redd score 19 of his points after the end of the third quarter, including a key basket early in overtime.

Milwaukee took the lead right away in the extra session on a dunk by Ruben Patterson. After an offensive foul call on Portland's Zach Randolph, Redd hit a long jump shot to put Milwaukee ahead 90-86 with 2:57 left in overtime.

T'wolves 90, Rockets 84

MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 12 rebounds and led a strong defensive effort by Minnesota against Houston and Yao Ming.

Yao had 14 points and eight rebounds, shooting only 5-for-19 from the field. Tracy McGrady didn't do much for the Rockets, either, finishing with 14 points on 5-for-21 shooting. He did have 10 rebounds and seven assists, however.

Making up for last week's 82-75 loss at Houston, Minnesota refused to let Yao dominate underneath as he has so many times this season - with Garnett, Mark Blount and Craig Smith all chipping in after Mark Madsen left with an injury.

JACKSON TRIAL: An Indiana judge ordered a Feb. 12 trial for Pacers guard Stephen Jackson, who faces charges after allegedly firing a gun during a fight outside a strip club. Jackson has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of criminal recklessness and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct. The criminal recklessness charge carries a prison term of six months to three years.

KINGS: Maurice Taylor was suspended five games by the league for violating terms of the anti-drug program. Taylor has been suspended twice previously for substance abuse violations.

SONICS: Guard Ray Allen has a bruised bone in his right ankle and will meet with doctors today to determine when he will be able to play.

BUCKS: Bobby Simmons will have the first of two surgical procedures on his right foot on Dec. 18, and it is not yet clear whether the surgeries will end his season.

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