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Iguodala leads rally as 76ers beat Magic

ANDRE Iguodala made a 22-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds remaining as the 76ers rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Orlando 100-98 in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series yesterday.

Iguodala had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Louis Williams scored 18 to help the 76ers beat the Magic for the first time in four tries this season - and when it mattered most.

Hedo Turkoglu's fadeaway 3-pointer missed at the buzzer, and Magic fans stood in disbelief before filing out quietly.

Dwight Howard had a career playoff-high 31 points and 16 rebounds, and rookie Courtney Lee scored 18 for the Magic. Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night in Orlando.

Lakers 113, Jazz 100

At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 24 points, Trevor Ariza added 21 and Pau Gasol 20 as Los Angeles defeated Utah.

Allowing a Phil Jackson-coached team to win Game 1 of any series doesn't bode well for the opposition. Jackson's teams have never lost a playoff series after winning Game 1, going 41-for-41 with Chicago and the Lakers.

The Lakers led by 22 points at halftime and then answered resoundingly both times Utah got within nine in the second half.

Bryant's total gave him 3,710 career postseason points, moving him past Magic Johnson and into ninth on the NBA's list. He trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (4,070) and Jerry West (4,457) for most points in the playoffs with the Lakers.

Carlos Boozer led the Jazz with 27 points and Deron Williams added 16 points and a career playoff-high 17 assists. Both were in foul trouble, with Boozer getting his third just before halftime when Williams already had two.

Game 2 is Tuesday night.

Hawks 90, Heat 64

At Atlanta, With Josh Smith delivering one rim-shaking dunk after another and plenty of teammates chipping in, the Hawks made Miami look like a one-man team.

The Hawks tied a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a playoff game, holding Miami's Dwyane Wade, the league's leading scorer, to 19.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Atlanta.

Miami was held to its fewest points of the season - its previous low was 68 - and the Hawks equaled the mark they set against the Charlotte Hornets in a 1998 playoff victory.

Smith scored 23 points and every other Atlanta starter also was in double figures. Wade made just 8 of 21 shots, and Michael Beasley added 10 points on a night in which the Heat showed its youth, shooting just 37 percent and managing seven points in the final period.

Nuggets 113, Hornets 84

At Denver, Chauncey Billups scored 36 points and made a career-best eight 3-pointers in the second-biggest blowout in the Nuggets' playoff history.

Capitalizing on their first home-court edge in a playoff series in 21 years, the Nuggets nearly bested their previous biggest margin of victory, a 141-111 win of San Antonio in 1985.

Denver used a 21-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to build a 95-69 cushion, a run that was highlighted by Billups' seventh and eighth 3s.

Billups was 8-for-9 from beyond the arc, and the best long-range performance of Billups' career helped negate All-Star point guard Chris Paul's big game.

The All-Star had 21 points and 11 assists but also an abundance of angst as the Nuggets dominated the boards, set the tempo and ran away with it in the second half.


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