Magic rally past Heat

Orlando's Dwight Howard grabs an offensive rebound in front of Miami's Chris Bosh during the first half of the Magic's 104-98 victory over the Heat on Tuesday.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Dwight Howard had 24 points and 25 rebounds, Jameer Nelson scored 25 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter and overtime, and the Orlando Magic came back to beat the Miami Heat 104-98 Tuesday night.

It was the eighth 20-20 game of the season for Howard and the 40th of his career.

The Magic overcame a 14-point, first-half deficit to win their third consecutive and fifth in six games.

Dwyane Wade scored 28 points and Chris Bosh 23 for the Heat, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. LeBron James added 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.


In Denver, Nene Hilario scored 22 points, including two free throws with 26.6 seconds left in overtime to lead Denver to a win over Atlanta.

Zaza Pachulia missed a layup at the buzzer that would have given the Hawks the win.

Atlanta’s Kirk Hinrich missed a free throw at the end of regulation that also would have given the Hawks the win.

Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 34 points. Josh Smith had 33 and 13 rebounds.

• Bruce Levenson says the likelihood of Josh Smith getting traded before Thursday is “close to zero.”

Numerous reports have stated Smith wants out of Atlanta. But Levenson says Tuesday those rumors are unfounded and that Smith has told him they aren’t coming from the player or his agent.


In Memphis, Tenn., Andrew Bynum had 37 points and 16 rebounds, Kobe Bryant scored 22 of his 34 points after halftime and Los Angeles beat Memphis in double overtime.


In Oklahoma City, Courtney Lee and rookie Chandler Parsons each scored 21 points, Patrick Patterson blocked Serge Ibaka’s point-blank putback attempt in the final 2 seconds, and Houston charged back from an 11-point deficit in the final 3 minutes to beat Oklahoma City.


In Dallas, Dirk Nowtizki scored 27 points, Jason Terry had 24 and Dallas got a much-needed victory.

The defending NBA champions had lost eight of their previous 10 games.


In Indianapolis, Lou Amundson scored a career-high 21 points to help Indiana beat Portland, snapping the Pacers’ four-game losing streak.

Amundson shot 10 for 11 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds for the Pacers.


In Cleveland, Jerryd Bayless scored 20 points, Andrea Bargnani added 17 and Toronto slowed Cleveland’s playoff push with a win, the Raptors’ third over the Cavaliers this season.

TRADE: The Milwaukee Bucks agreed to trade Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson to the Golden State Warriors, a person with direct knowledge of the deal said Tuesday night.

The Bucks will receive guard Monta Ellis, forward Ekpe Udoh and center Kwame Brown, the person confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.


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