Hornets turn back Magic

The Baltimore Sun

Peja Stojakovic's streak was in jeopardy. He had made at least one three-pointer in 35 straight games, but through 47 minutes last night he was 1-for-10 from the field with no threes.

He was due, and the New Orleans Hornets' swingman came through.

Stojakovic scored six points in the final minute - a three-pointer and three free throws - to lift the Hornets past the host Orlando Magic, 98-97, for their franchise-record 24th road win.

"You have to give yourself a chance," said Stojakovic, eighth on the NBA's career three-point shooting list. "I always say that. If you don't shoot, you are never going to find out."

Chris Paul had 19 points and 12 assists for the Hornets, Morris Peterson scored 19 points and David West had 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Hedo Turkoglu had 26 points, seven assists and five rebounds for Orlando. Rashard Lewis added 24 points and Dwight Howard 17.

Down 98-95 with 9.4 seconds left, the Magic inbounded to Turkoglu. Instead of trying a three for tie, the forward drove the open lane for an easy dunk.

The strategy seemed to work. After Turkoglu fouled Paul on the inbounds pass, Paul missed both free throws, so Orlando had another chance.

Down one point with 6.1 seconds left, Turkoglu inbounded to Lewis, who met two defenders off the dribble. He passed to Keyon Dooling, whose buzzer-beating attempt was short.

Nuggets 126, Suns 120 -- Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) grabbed two key rebounds and made two free throws in the final 27 seconds to lift host Denver over Phoenix. Allen Iverson scored 31 points for the Nuggets, who pulled into eighth place in the Western Conference playoff race, a half-game ahead of Golden State,

Kings 99, Rockets 98 -- Ron Artest scored 30 points, Kevin Martin added 27 and host Sacramento dealt a blow to Houston's chances of winning the Southwest Division. The Rockets (49-25) fell 2 1/2 games behind New Orleans and San Antonio in the division race with only eight games remaining.

Celtics 106, Bulls 92 -- Ray Allen scored 22 points and Boston moved a step closer to the top seed in the Eastern Conference with the win over host Chicago. The Celtics remained six games ahead of Detroit in the conference standings.

76ers 108, Nets 99 -- Lou Williams hit three straight baskets in the final 3:47 as visiting Philadelphia posted its 20th win in 27 games.

Pistons 94, Timberwolves 90 -- With stars Chauncey Billups, Rasheed Wallace and Richard Hamilton sitting out to rest up for the playoffs, rookie Rodney Stuckey scored a career-high 27 points to help visiting Detroit overcome a 21-point deficit to beat Minnesota.

Spurs 116, Warriors 92 -- Tony Parker scored 26 points to lead host San Antonio over Golden State. It was the Spurs' eighth straight win.

Bucks 119, Knicks 115, OT -- Michael Redd scored 36 points and Bobby Simmons added a season-high 24 in host Milwaukee's win.

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