Magic breeze past short-handed Suns

ORLANDO, Fla. --- Jameer Nelson had 15 points and a season-high 12 assists, and the Orlando Magic easily handled a Phoenix Suns team playing without Steve Nash in a 105-89 win on Thursday night.


Dwight Howard added 20 points and 12 rebounds, and every starter scored in double digits for the Magic, who built a 32-point lead and blew past the Suns from the opening tip. Orlando (8-3) has won three in a row.

With Nash sidelined because of a sore groin, backup point guard Goran Dragic had 10 points, four assists and four rebounds.

Grant Hill scored 21 points in the lone bright spot for the Suns, who lost on consecutive nights in Florida by a combined 43 points. Phoenix (6-6) was routed by 27 a night earlier at Miami.

Former Augusta State standout Garret Siler had two points and two rebounds in 10 minutes for Phoenix.

Suns coach Alvin Gentry said Nash probably could have played but there was no reason to push the injury this early in the season, especially with Phoenix playing its fourth game in five nights. Gentry said he expects to have Nash back in the starting lineup Saturday at Charlotte.


In Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 22 points and short-handed Indiana beat banged-up Los Angeles.

Roy Hibbert had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Brandon Rush and A.J. Price each added 14 points for the Pacers (5-5).

Indiana shot 51 percent from the field, despite missing starters Darren Collison and Mike Dunleavy. Collison sat out his second consecutive game with a sprained ankle, while Dunleavy missed the game because his wife was in labor.

Eric Gordon scored 19 points for the Clippers (1-12).



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