Dwight Howard had 29 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 99-94 win over the Bulls on Thursday, snapping Chicago’s eight-game winning streak.
Chicago twice overcame double-digit deficits and led 91-89 with two minutes, 56 seconds to play after Derrick Rose passed to Carlos Boozer for a jumper.
Orlando responded with an 8-1 run started by Jameer Nelson’s lob to Howard for a dunk. Ryan Anderson hit a three-pointer and a pair of free throws in the deciding rally.
The Magic bounced back from a 100-84 loss in Charlotte, beating the league-best Bulls two nights after losing to the last-place Bobcats.
Boozer led the Bulls with 26 points. Rose added 17 points and nine assists, but shot just 6 for 22 from the field. Jason Richardson scored 18 points and hit four three-pointers for the Magic.
SUNS 96, MAVERICKS 94
In Phoenix, Jared Dudley scored 12 of his 18 points in a third-quarter comeback as Phoenix held on to beat Dallas for the Suns’ first victory over the Mavericks in nine tries.
Grant Hill scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half for Phoenix, but missed two free throws with 15.4 seconds left. Dallas had two chances after that, but Rodrique Beauboi missed a driving layup, then could not hit a 6m jumper at the buzzer.
Marcin Gortat added 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Suns won their fourth straight home game. Steve Nash had 11 points and 11 assists.
Vince Carter and Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points apiece for Dallas in the Mavericks’ fifth road loss in a row.
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