J. Howard's 28 points trump triple double as Mavs edge Magic

The Baltimore Sun

Josh Howard scored 28 points and the Dallas Mavericks overcame Hedo Turkoglu's triple double to hold off the host Orlando Magic, 107-98, last night.

Dallas led by as many as 19, but Orlando got to 83-80 on Rashard Lewis' three-pointer with 7:15 left. The Magic didn't score again for almost five minutes, and Dallas went on a 10-0 run to put the game away.

Turkoglu had 13 points, a career-high 13 assists and 12 rebounds, while Dwight Howard scored 28. But Dwight Howard, the NBA's rebound leader, averaging 15, had only seven, and Orlando was out-rebounded 47-34.

Jason Terry scored 20 points - 12 in the fourth quarter - Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Brandon Bass scored 16 for Dallas.

The loss ends a four-game winning streak for Orlando and a two-game skid for Dallas. The Mavericks closed a four-game Eastern Conference road trip at 2-2.

Dallas led comfortably until the third quarter, when Orlando finally drew within single digits. Maurice Evans had nine of his 16 points in the period, all in an 18-8 Magic run over eight minutes to close to 69-64.

Raptors 114, Heat 82 -- Chris Bosh scored 24 points on 8-for-11 shooting, Andrea Bargnani added 22 and visiting Toronto shot 60 percent on the way to beating hapless Miami. Anthony Parker scored 18 points for the Raptors.

Hawks 96, 76ers 91 -- Josh Smith had 19 points, nine assists and nine blocks, and host Atlanta overcame an abysmal first quarter in a victory over Philadelphia. Josh Childress scored 21 points and Joe Johnson added 18 for Atlanta, which trailed by 20 in the first quarter..

Clippers 103, Knicks 94 -- Corey Maggette scored 19 points in his return to the lineup, and Los Angeles ended a nine-game road losing streak by beating slumping New York.

Rockets 92, Timberwolves 86 -- Tracy McGrady had 26 points, six rebounds and seven assists, and visiting Houston held on for a victory over Minnesota.

Jazz 110, Hornets 88 -- Deron Williams had 29 points and 11 assists, and host Utah set a team record for three-pointers in a victory over New Orleans that extended its winning streak to nine games. The Jazz went 14-for-22 from three-point range.

Suns 118, Bobcats 104 -- Leandro Barbosa scored 30 points to help Phoenix stay unbeaten against visiting Charlotte.

Bulls 118, SuperSonics 108 -- Joe Smith (Maryland) scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and visiting Chicago beat Seattle.

Nuggets 105, Trail Blazers 103 -- Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) had 25 points, 15 rebounds and five assists to help lead Denver over host Portland in overtime.

DIGITS

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First-quarter shooting percentage for the Mavericks, who recovered from a 30 percent shooting night against the Pistons on Sunday with a win last night

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