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Focused Jackson, Pacers too much for visiting Magic

Stephen Jackson didn't let his outside issues distract him.

Jackson scored a season-high 26 to lead the Pacers to a 94-80 victory over the Magic on Wednesday.

He began the day at a court hearing in which a judge set a Feb. 12 trial date on charges that Jackson fired a gun during a fight outside a strip club. He 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.

"I wish I wasn't in court, but I have to deal with what's going on," Jackson said. "It definitely brings everything to your face and makes you more humble about stuff - I appreciate the game of basketball every time I step out there."

Al Harrington scored 26, Jermaine O'Neal added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who returned home after losing their final three games of a six-game road trip.

Dwight Howard had 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, and Grant Hill scored 16 for Eastern Conference-leading Orlando, which suffered its second loss at Indiana this season.

"We can't blame it on the trip," said Magic coach Brian Hill, whose team finished 4-2 on its six-game road swing. "The Pacers had a lot of energy tonight."

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.

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.

The Wizards went 14-for-20 from behind the arc, tying the franchise record and matching an NBA season high for shots made.

Cavaliers 95, Raptors 91

CLEVELAND - LeBron James scored 26 for the Cavs.

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.

Spurs 96, Bobcats 76

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tim Duncan scored 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 took an 11-point second-quarter lead and the Bobcats faded in the second half after Brevin Knight was ejected after 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 for Memphis.

The Grizzlies squandered a 17-point fourth-quarter lead, but Gay bailed them out with a jumper from the top of the key.

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.

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.

T'wolves 90, Rockets 84

MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 12 rebounds and led a strong defensive effort against the Rockets' Yao Ming, holding him to 14 points and eight rebounds.

Bulls 121, 76ers 94

CHICAGO - Ben Gordon scored 17 of his 31 in the first-quarter for the Bulls, who hit 13 of their first 17 shots and won their sixth in a row.

Hawks 98, Nuggets 96

DENVER - Joe Johnson scored 27 and Shelden Williams hit two free throws with 5 seconds left for Atlanta.

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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