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NBA ROUNDUP | Friday's other games


Published: Sat, March 25, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


Heat 114, Bobcats 93
MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal combined for 46 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Heat beat Charlotte to snap a two-game losing streak. Wade had 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting, along with eight assists and five rebounds. O'Neal had 22 points and nine rebounds in only 26 minutes for the Heat, who shot 58 percent from the field and finished off a four-game season sweep of the Bobcats. The win gave Miami (46-23) a six-game lead over New Jersey (39-28) in the race for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Raymond Felton had 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and Brevin Knight had 17 points and six assists for Charlotte, which lost for the 19th time in its last 21 road games.
Magic 102, 76ers 86
PHILADELPHIA -- Dwight Howard had 15 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks to help Orlando snap a 16-game road losing streak. Orlando hadn't won away from home since its last trip to Philadelphia -- a 119-115 overtime victory over the Sixers on Jan. 26. Jameer Nelson scored 19 points and led seven Orlando players in double figures. Chris Webber led the Sixers with 23 points and 15 rebounds, but missed eight straight shots in one stretch during the first half.
Pistons 75, Pacers 72
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ben Wallace blocked Danny Granger's 3-pointer at the buzzer and Detroit held off the Pacers. Richard Hamilton scored 15 points and Antonio McDyess and Tayshaun Prince each added 11 for Detroit, which extended its winning streak to four games. David Harrison led the Pacers with 14 points and Stephen Jackson added 13. Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal struggled in his second game back after sitting out for two months with a torn left groin. He finished with eight points on 3-for-9 shooting and had seven rebounds.
Grizzlies 91, Knicks 75
NEW YORK -- Pau Gasol scored 36 points, and Memphis used a dominant defensive effort to beat the Knicks for their sixth straight victory. Top reserve Mike Miller added 15 points for the Grizzlies, who equaled their longest winning streak of the season and moved into a tie with the Los Angeles Clippers for fifth place in the Western Conference. Lorenzen Wright contributed 12 points and nine rebounds. Eddy Curry had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who fell behind by double digits midway through the second quarter and never threatened again as their latest losing streak reached four games.
Raptors 97, Timberwolves 77
TORONTO -- Morris Peterson scored 21 points and Chris Bosh added 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Raptors over Minnesota. Kevin Garnett had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost nine of 11 to drop to 28-41.
Bulls 96, Hornets 82
CHICAGO -- Ben Gordon came off the bench to score 25 points, Tyson Chandler grabbed a season-high 21 rebounds, and the Bulls snapped a four-game losing streak. Chris Paul had 13 points and five assists for New Orleans (32-35), which lost for the 10th time in 11 games.
Nuggets 117, SuperSonics 104
DENVER -- Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points to help the Nuggets move closer to winning the Northwest Division title. Reggie Evans, acquired in a Feb. 23 four-team trade, added 22 points as the Nuggets won their third straight and reduced their magic number to seven games.
Associated Press


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