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Morrison stars in Bobcats' victory over Indiana Pacers


The Toronto Raptors' Fred Jones, left, and Jose Calderon, right, and the Memphis Grizzlies' Dahntay Jones reach for a loose ball during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game on Saturday in Memphis, Tennessee.


Adam Morrison scored a career-high 30 points and the Charlotte Bobcats held off a second-half rally to beat the Indiana Pacers 113-102 at Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday night.

Emeka Okafor finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds and Matt Carroll scored 18 points for the Bobcats (9-21), who won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Charlotte beat the Lakers 133-124 in triple overtime on Friday.

Raymond Felton had 19 assists. He had 15 in Friday night's game.

Jermaine O'Neal had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Danny Granger scored 17 points and Jamaal Tinsley chipped in 15 for Indiana (17-15), which lost at Conseco Fieldhouse for the third time in its last four games.

Magic 97, Heat 68

At Orlando, Florida, Dwight Howard had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Orlando over Miami, which lost its second straight without NBA finals MVP Dwyane Wade.

Also missing Shaquille O'Neal, who has appeared in only four games this season, the Heat conceded the paint to Orlando. The Magic outscored Miami 50-14 in the lane and commanded the game for all but the opening minutes.

Nets 100, Timberwolves 92

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Richard Jefferson scored 23 points and Mikki Moore had a career-high 20 to lead New Jersey over Minnesota.

Jason Kidd added 19 points and Vince Carter scored 14 as the Nets posted a second straight win following a four-game losing streak. The victory also ended a two-game home losing streak and improved the Nets' record to 4-10 against Western Conference teams.

Bucks 119, Wizards 102

At Milwaukee, Michael Redd scored 28 points and Ruben Patterson added 21 as Milwaukee snapped Washington's five-game winning streak.

The loss dropped Washington into a first-place tie with Orlando in the Southeast Division.

Milwaukee pulled away with a 22-5 run to open the fourth quarter and won for the seventh time in eight games. The Bucks made 13 of their first 17 shots in the fourth.

Mavericks 94, Hornets 80

At Dallas, Jason Terry scored 25 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 17 and Dallas extended its winning streak to nine games by beating injury-depleted New Orleans.

Josh Howard added 15 points and Devin Harris had 12 to help the Mavericks beat the Hornets for the 20th consecutive time, the longest active streak in the four major North American professional sports.

Bulls 103, Cavaliers 96

At Chicago, Luol Deng scored a career-high 32 points and Chicago went on a 24-point run in the second half of a victory over Cleveland.

A jumper by Larry Hughes made it 67-60 with 7:17 left in the third quarter, but the Cavaliers did not score again until he hit a 3-pointer with 9:23 left in the game. Meanwhile, the Bulls built an 84-67 lead and hung on for their third straight victory.

With his wrist bandaged after spraining it on Wednesday, Deng hit 15 of 19 shots after scoring 25 the previous night in a 107-97 win at Toronto.

Grizzlies 110, Raptors 104

At Memphis, Tennessee, Pau Gasol had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Mike Miller added 27 points and Memphis beat short-handed Toronto in the debut of interim coach Tony Barone.

Memphis led by as many as 24 points, but had to withstand a late charge by Toronto to snap a five-game losing streak.

Chucky Atkins scored 16 for Memphis, while Stromile Swift had 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Jazz 96, Trail Blazers 86

At Salt Lake City, Mehmet Okur scored 20 points, Carlos Boozer added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Utah beat Portland.

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