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Nets' Carter hexes Magic

BASKETBALL The New Jersey Nets chalked up their fourth win in a row, while Orlando were dealt their third straight loss as Vince Carter racked up the points

AP , ORLANDO, FLORIDA

The Toronto Raptors' Mike James, front, leaps up for a shot as the Houston Rockets' Tracy McGrady defends during the first quarter of their NBA game in Houston on Wednesday.

PHOTO: AP

Vince Carter scored 32 points and Richard Jefferson added 18 to lead the New Jersey Nets over the Orlando Magic 96-85 on Wednesday night.

It was New Jersey's fourth consecutive win and Orlando's third consecutive loss. New Jersey is now over .500 (13-12) with the victory, its first on a three-game road trip.

Jameer Nelson scored seven points in a 13-2 Magic run that gave them a 77-76 lead with 8:25 left in the fourth quarter. But Carter made two free throws and threw down an alley-oop from Jason Kidd that gave the Nets an 81-77 lead. The Magic wouldn't seriously threaten with 6:28 left.

Carter also had a spectacular reverse dunk off an alley-oop from Kidd in the first quarter.

Grant Hill, in his fourth game back from surgery on Oct. 31, had 16 points, as did Steve Francis. Dwight Howard added 14 points, 15 rebounds for the Magic.

76ers 111, Warriors 100

At Philadelphia, Allen Iverson scored 38 points, Chris Webber added 27 and streaking Philadelphia won for the sixth time in seven games, beating Golden State.

With the Sixers seemingly headed toward another typical tight, frantic fourth, they instead pulled away from the Warriors with an 11-2 run to open the quarter and actually kept their double-digit lead for most of the rest of the game.

The Sixers open a seven-game road trip tonight at Atlanta. They won't return home until Jan. 9 against Seattle.

Pacers 97, Clippers 75

At Indianapolis, Stephen Jackson scored 24 points and Jamaal Tinsley had 17 points and eight assists to help Indiana beat the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Pacers held the Clippers to 37 percent shooting from the field to sweep the season series. Indiana defeated the Clippers 97-92 on Nov. 27 at the Staples Center.

Elton Brand led the Clippers with 29 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 11-for-20 from the field, but the rest of the team shot 22-for-69.

The Pacers countered Brand's dominance with balance. Rookie Danny Granger had a career-high 16 points and added seven rebounds and Jermaine O'Neal had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Pacers shot 51 percent from the field.

The Clippers have lost five of their last six after starting the season 14-5.

Spurs 109, Knicks 96

At New York, Michael Finley scored 19 points and San Antonio shot 56 percent in their victory over the Knicks, who have lost seven consecutive games.

Tony Parker added 18 points and 10 assists as the Spurs' starting guards combined to make 15 of 22 shots against the Knicks' dismal perimeter defense.

Finley was 8-of-12 in another start in place of Manu Ginobili, and Parker was 7-for-10.

San Antonio was shooting 63 percent after three quarters and was easily on its way to bettering its season high of 56.3 percent against Boston on Nov. 11 before its reserves were only 8-of-21 in the final 12 minutes.

Tim Duncan played only 22 minutes and scored 13 points.

Celtics 101, Jazz 89

At Boston, Paul Pierce scored 30 points and Ricky Davis added 20 to help Boston beat the Utah Jazz.

Mehmet Okur led the Jazz with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Matt Harpring added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Delonte West, who returned to the Celtics lineup after missing a game with a concussion scored 15 points and had five assists. Mark Blount scored 14 and Al Jefferson had 10 points.

The Celtics made 37 of their 45 free throw attempts and forced 20 Utah turnovers.

Timberwolves 88, Hornets 69

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