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Wizards top Magic, 87-86; Raptors hold Heat to 54

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Antawn Jamison had 31 points and 11 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards shut down Dwight Howard offensively in an 87-86 win over the host Orlando Magic last night.

Hedo Turkoglu scored a career-high 39 points, but Howard had only three points and 14 rebounds.

"Our big guys really took the challenge to make it difficult for him," Jamison said. "Not to get him bouncing around and dunking and Supermanning and all that stuff. We really wanted to prevent as many points in the paint as possible."

Orlando had a chance on an inbounds pass with five seconds left, but Turkoglu's layup was short and officials didn't call a foul.

Howard sat much of the game in foul trouble and was frustrated by the Wizards' physical presence inside. The All-Star turned the ball over four times and shot 1-for-6, failing to score from the field until the fourth quarter.

He had 10 rebounds before halftime but picked up his fifth foul with about 9:30 left in the fourth.

Raptors 96, Heat 54 -- Andrea Bargnani and Anthony Parker each scored 14 points, and Toronto held visiting Miami to the third-lowest point total in the shot-clock era. The Heat was just five points off the NBA record low since the shot clock was introduced in the 1954-55 season - the Chicago Bulls' 49-point effort against the Heat in April 1999. The 42-point margin of victory was the Raptors' largest in franchise history.

Hornets 90, Rockets 69 -- Former Rocket Bonzi Wells helped host New Orleans hand Houston its second straight loss after a 22-game winning streak, scoring 20 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter.

Suns 110, SuperSonics 98 -- Steve Nash scored 23 points, Amare Stoudemire had 26 and visiting Phoenix overcame a season-high 27 turnovers to beat Seattle for its sixth straight win.

76ers 115, Nuggets 113 -- Andre Miller scored 28 points, and Allen Iverson's return to Philadelphia was spoiled. Iverson, playing in Philly for the first time since he was traded Denver in December 2006, led all scorers with 32 points and added eight assists.

Cavaliers 89, Pistons 73 -- LeBron James scored 30 points, moving closer to becoming the Cavaliers' top career scorer, and host Cleveland defeated Detroit. James came in needing 35 points to pass Brad Daugherty as the Cavaliers' scoring leader.

Pacers 102, Bobcats 95 -- Flip Murray scored 22 points, and host Indiana beat Charlotte for its second straight win.

Nets 125, Hawks 117 -- Vince Carter had a season-high 39 points and 10 rebounds and New Jersey moved into a tie with visiting Atlanta for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Timberwolves 98, Grizzlies 94 -- Al Jefferson scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half to help host Minnesota erase a 14-point deficit in a victory over lowly Memphis.

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