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The Magic posts highest-scoring game of season

TRIPLE FIGURES The Orlando Magic thrashed the Toronto Raptors 129-108 on Wednesday, with eight players scoring high to bring the team to 51-for-89

AP , ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Steve Francis scored 23 points, Grant Hill added 17 and the Orlando Magic posted the NBA's highest-scoring game of the season on Wednesday with a 129-108 thrashing of the Toronto Raptors.

Eight Orlando players scored in double figures as the Magic shot 57.3 percent (51-for-89) and held a rebounding advantage of 61-32. Only three players didn't make at least half their shots.

Even Cuttino Mobley, sidelined the previous nine games with a groin strain, scored 16. Dwight Howard had 15 points and a season-high 20 rebounds for his third straight double-double.

Later Wednesday, Seattle tied Orlando's scoring output in a 129-119 overtime victory over Utah.

Vince Carter scored 21 points for Toronto in the Raptors' biggest loss of the season.

Celtics 101, Bucks 100

In Boston, Paul Pierce had a brief argument with Boston coach Doc Rivers when he was lifted from the game, but returned and made a key 3-pointer that helped the Celtics beat Milwaukee.

Pierce, who led Boston with 23 points, was lifted with just over four-and-a-half minutes to play and the Celtics holding a 92-91 lead. The star forward appeared agitated when Jiri Welsch came in for him. After a chat in the huddle between Pierce and Rivers during a timeout, Pierce returned and hit his 3-pointer on Boston's first possession, giving the Celtics a 97-93 lead with 2:40 to go.

Mark Blount had 16 points and 16 rebounds for Boston.

Michael Redd scored 23 points for Milwaukee, which fell to 0-7 on the road -- its worst stretch since losing 16 straight during the 1976-77 season.

Knicks 90, Grizzlies 82

In New York, Stephon Marbury made five 3-pointers in the second quarter to help put the Knicks ahead of Memphis for good, and New York received a fourth-quarter boost from Jerome Williams.

The loss was the fifth straight for Memphis, and the fourth since the unexpected resignation of coach Hubie Brown. The Grizzlies were in talks with Mike Fratello to become their new coach, but no deal had been finalized.

Marbury scored 26 points, 17 coming in the second quarter for New York, which has won five of six.

Williams, the third-string power forward averaging only 4.5 points, scored New York's first seven points of the fourth quarter, and his basket from inside with 6:01 left ended a 6-0 Grizzlies run and made it 83-73.

Bonzi Wells led Memphis with 16 points.

Wizards 95, Nets 68

In Washington, Gilbert Arenas had a season-high 30 points as Washing-ton welcomed coach Eddie Jordan back with a victory over his former team and sent New Jersey to its sixth consecutive road loss.

Arenas also had seven rebounds and five assists to lead the Wizards to their fifth victory in six games. Antawn Jamison added 18 points and nine rebounds as Washington posted its largest winning margin of the season.

Jordan, 49, was hospitalized with a blood clot in his left leg on Thanksgiving and missed two games.

Bulls 92, Lakers 84

In Chicago, rookies Luol Deng and Ben Gordon rescued Chicago in the fourth quarter and the Bulls held off a late charge by Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Deng scored nine points and Gordon eight in the fourth quarter as Chicago got just its second win in 12 games. Deng and Eddy Curry led the Bulls, returning home after a seven-game road trip, with 18 points each.

Bryant scored 28, including 14 in the final quarter, and had 10 assists. Chucky Atkins added 19 for the Lakers.

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