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NBA: Magic prove too mighty for Wizards

ABRACADABRA The Wizards finally made some 3-pointers, but this miracle wasn't enough to prevent Washington losing their third game of the season


Hedo Turkoglu scored 13 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to help the Orlando Magic beat Washington 94-82 on Saturday, sending the Wizards to their first 0-3 start since 1992.

Washington led 67-64 entering the fourth quarter but shot 5-for-25 the rest of the way.

The Wizards trailed 76-75 with just under 6 minutes left, but then went the next 3 minutes without a point. Turkoglu, meanwhile, took over on offense for Orlando, scoring nine consecutive points, capped by a 3-pointer that put the visitors ahead 86-77 with 2:45 remaining.

Rashard Lewis scored all 18 of his points in the first half for Orlando, while Dwight Howard finished 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Gilbert Arenas made his first three shots, then went 2-for-12 the rest of the way to finish with 10 points. He finished 0-for-4 on 3-pointers, part of a 6-for-23 effort by Washington on 3s.

At least Washington finally made a 3-pointer, a night after setting an NBA record by going 0-for-16 from beyond the arc in a loss to the Boston Celtics.

Nets 93, 76ers 88

At Philadelphia, Jason Kidd had a triple-double with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, and Richard Jefferson scored 22 points to lead the Nets over the 76ers.

Vince Carter added 18 points for New Jersey.

Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 16 points, and Kyle Korver had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Kidd thwarted a late Sixers rally with a 3-pointer from the left side to give the Nets an 86-80 lead. Kidd was dependable as he's always been for New Jersey, posting his 88th career triple-double and 50th with the Nets.

The Nets needed that kind of effort after they lost 106-69 on Friday night at home to Toronto.

Pacers 121, Grizzlies 111

At Memphis, Tennessee, Mike Dunleavy had 27 points and eight rebounds to help Indiana remain unbeaten with a victory over Memphis.

Dunleavy connected on 11-of-17 from the field as six Pacers finished in double figures. Danny Granger added 23, while Jamal Tinsley finished with 14 points and seven assists. Jermaine O'Neal scored 13, and Kareem Rush and Ike Diogu chipped in 12 each.

Kyle Lowry led Memphis with a career-high 19 points and Pau Gasol finished with 18.

Bucks 78, Bulls 72

At Milwaukee, Michael Redd scored 27 points and rookie Yi Jianlian added 16 to help MIlwauke beat Chicago for its first victory of the season.

With the win, Milwaukee snapped a 15-game losing streak to Central Division opponents dating back to last season, and kept the Bulls winless through the first week of the season.

Hounded by defensive lapses in their first two games, the Bucks held the Bulls in check. It was a miserable night for the Chicago's starters. Ben Gordon scored 15, but the rest of the starting five -- Luol Deng, Tyrus Thomas, Ben Wallace, Kirk Hinrich -- were held to single digits.

Mavericks 123, Kings 102

At Dallas, point guard J.J. Barea made the most of his second NBA start, hitting 9 of 11 shots for a career-high 25 points, and lead Dallas past Sacramento.

Josh Howard, who missed the first two games because of a suspension, led Dallas with 27 points. Dirk Nowitzki matched Barea's 9-for-11 performance and had 24 points.

Kevin Martin led Sacramento with 28 points. John Salmons had 27 and Francisco Garcia 23, but the Kings plopped to 0-3 with their most lopsided loss yet.

Rockets 89, Trail Blazers 80

At Houston, Yao Ming had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Tracy McGrady added 20 points and six assists as Houston improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 1996-1997 season.

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