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Howard, Anderson help Magic rout Suns 122-100

Ryan Anderson had 20 and 10 rebounds and Dwight Howard scored 25 as the short-handed Orlando Magic defeated the previously unbeaten Phoenix Suns 122-100 in the NBA yesterday.

Playing without injured Vince Carter and suspended Rashard Lewis, the Magic built a 23-point lead in the third quarter to pull away from the Suns.

Amare Stoudemire finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds for Phoenix, which was looking to match the 1984 team for the franchise's best start through five games.

Nuggets 122, Nets 94

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony woke up unbeaten Denver in a 44-point third quarter to continue its best start since 1985.

The win was the fifth straight for Denver, one shy of the 1985 start, and it handed winless New Jersey a fifth straight loss, tying the worst start in team history, set in 1996.

Chris Douglas-Roberts had 19 points to lead the Nets, who were without All-Star guard Devin Harris and four other injured players.

Celtics 92, Timberwolves 90

At Minneapolis, Kevin Garnett had 12 points and 11 rebounds in his third game back in Minnesota since he was traded in 2007, helping Boston remain undefeated with a victory over the Timberwolves.

Rajon Rondo scored 14 of his 18 points in the third quarter for the Celtics (6-0), who join the Denver Nuggets as the only two teams in the league without a loss.

Oleksiy Pecherov scored a career-high 24 points and Al Jefferson added 18 points for the Timberwolves.

Heat 93, Wizards 89

At Washington, Dwyane Wade scored 40 points, including a go-ahead jumper with 25 seconds left, to lead Miami over Washington.

It was the first time Wade reached 40 points since a career-high 55 in April against New York.

Wade took the spotlight away from Washington's Gilbert Arenas, who scored 32 but was 9 of 27 from the field.

Pacers 101, Knicks 89

At New York, T.J. Ford scored eight of his 16 points in the final 3:12 for Indiana to win for the first time this season, holding New York without a field goal for the final 9-plus minutes.

Dahntay Jones had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Roy Hibbert added 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Brandon Rush had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers.

Al Harrington scored 22 points for the Knicks, who shot 2-for-17 in the fourth quarter.

Raptors 110, Pistons 99

At Toronto, Andrea Bargnani had 22 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season, and Chris Bosh scored 25 points as Toronto became the first team this season to score more than 100 points against Detroit.

Ben Gordon had a season-high 30 points, and former Raptors player Charlie Villanueva and Will Bynum each scored 16 for the Pistons.

Lakers 103, Rockets 102, OT

At Houston, Kobe Bryant scored 41 points and Andrew Bynum added 17 points and 17 rebounds as Los Angeles won in overtime for the second straight game, beating Houston.

Carl Landry scored 20 points to lead six players in double figures for Houston. Luis Scola added 16 points and 13 rebounds and Chuck Hayes had 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Ron Artest and Trevor Ariza both scored 15 points in their first meeting since they swapped teams in July. Ariza signed with Houston less than a week after Artest left the Rockets to join the Lakers.

Hawks 113, Kings 105

At Sacramento, California, Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford had 26 points each to help Atlanta beat Sacramento.

Marvin Williams and Mike Bibby each had 13 points for the Hawks (4-1).

Kevin Martin, who was playing with bruised right wrist, had 29 points and 11 rebounds and Jason Thompson added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings (1-3).

Hornets 114, Mavericks 107, OT

At New Orleans, Peja Stojakovic hit a game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation and Chris Paul scored six of his 39 points in overtime to lift New Orleans over Dallas.

David West scored 25 points and Bobby Brown 18 points for the Hornets, including a 3 and a breakaway dunk in overtime. Emeka Okafor had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Jason Terry had 35 points and Eric Dampier had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Dallas, which snapped its three-game winning streak.

Warriors 113, Grizzlies 105

At Oakland, California, Monta Ellis had 24 points and a season-high 12 assists, Anthony Morrow added 24 points, and Corey Maggette had 20 to lead Golden State to its first win of the season, beating Memphis.

Stephen Jackson added 20 points and rookie Stephen Curry had seven points and nine assists for the Warriors.

Rudy Gay had 29 points and eight rebounds for Memphis while Allen Iverson added 18 points to become the 16th player in NBA history to reach 24,000 for his career.


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