Anderson lifts Magic past 76ers, 113-100
Ryan Anderson had 26 points and 16 rebounds, J.J. Redick scored 18 points and the Orlando Magic held off the Philadelphia 76ers 113-100 on Monday night. The Magic won their second straight game and played their fifth consecutive without Dwight Howard, who is out indefinitely with a herniated disc in his back. He has missed seven games overall with the injury. Orlando improved to 3-4 without the All-Star center this season. Jrue Holiday led Philadelphia with 18 points and Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams each finished with 15.Both teams shot above 50 percent, but the Magic were aided by a 46-30 rebounding advantage. The Sixers dropped their second straight game. They continue their second back-to-back-to-back stretch of the season Tuesday against Indiana. Glen Davis joined Howard and Hedo Turkoglu (out for regular season with facial fracture) on the inactive list Monday, sitting out with a sprained right knee. Davis suffered the injury during the Magic's win at Cleveland on Sunday, ending a string of eight consecutive starts he made in place of either Howard or Anderson. The good news: there was no structural damage shown in an MRI taken on Davis' knee. HEAT 101, NETS 98: LeBron James scored Miami's final 17 points in a furious one-man rally, finishing with 37 as the Heat pulled out a victory against New Jersey. In a game the Heat never led until the final 51 seconds, James willed them to their 10th straight victory against the Nets. With Dwyane Wade resting, James scored those 17 points in the last 4:48. Chris Bosh had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Heat, carrying them early in the fourth until James checked back in midway through the period and turned what appeared a certain loss into a stunning victory. Kris Humphries scored 29 points and MarShon Brooks had 24 for the Nets, who played without Deron Williams and lacked the finisher they needed against one of the NBA's best. HORNETS: The NBA awarded New Orleans the 2014 All-Star game now that Saints owner Tom Benson has agreed to buy the Hornets and sign a lease extension at New Orleans Arena. NBA Commissioner David Stern, who made the announcement in New Orleans with Benson and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday, said the All-Star game is a reward to the city and state for efforts to secure the Hornets' long-term future in Louisiana.
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