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Bell lifts Suns over Orlando

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Associated Press / December 1, 2007

Raja Bell had a season-high 20 points to pace the Suns to a 110-106 victory over the Orlando Magic, the NBA's winningest team, last night in Phoenix.

The Magic are 14-4, with two of their losses against the Suns, who also beat them, 106-96, at Orlando Nov. 10. The Magic had been 9-1 since that loss.

Amare Stoudemire had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Shawn Marion had 18 points and nine rebounds, Grant Hill scored 15 points, Leandro Barbosa 17, and Steve Nash added 15 points and 14 assists for the Suns (12-4), who snapped a two-game skid.

Dwight Howard, who had a career-high 39 points and 16 rebounds against Seattle Wednesday night, followed that with 30 points and 23 rebounds against the Suns. Howard had eight dunks. Hedo Turkoglu added 25 points for the Magic and Rashard Lewis had 18.

Bell, whose previous high this season was 16, had 18 in the first half, on 7-of-10 shooting, including all four of his 3-point attempts. Hampered by back and ankle injuries this season and considered doubtful to start, Bell appeared to have more spring in his step than in recent games, showing no ill effects of his physical ailments.

With the help of Bell's pinpoint shooting, the Suns established a 60-50 halftime lead. They were aided by 12 Orlando turnovers, leading to 12 points.

Knicks 91, Bucks 88 - Jamal Crawford made the go-ahead basket with 28 seconds left, and host New York erased a 17-point deficit to beat Milwaukee.

One night after their coach accused them of quitting during a 104-59 loss in Boston, the Knicks surged back in the fourth quarter to win for the third time in four games.

Crawford and Zach Randolph led New York with 25 points apiece. Fred Jones provided a huge spark by scoring all of his 10 points in the fourth quarter in place of Stephon Marbury, who had 13 points but left midway through the third quarter with a right shoulder muscle spasm.

Michael Redd scored 27 points for the Bucks, but missed two late 3-point attempts in Milwaukee's third straight loss.

Raptors 91, Cavaliers 82 - Andrea Bargnani and Carlos Delfino had career highs with 26 and 24 points each, and host Toronto defeated Cleveland in a game that stars LeBron James and Chris Bosh missed with injuries.

James, the league's leading scorer, was out of the Cavaliers' lineup with a sprained left index finger, while Bosh sat out with a strained groin as the Raptors won their third straight.

Cleveland has gone 6-2 in games James has missed since 2005.

Daniel Gibson led Cleveland with 24 points and seven assists. Drew Gooden added 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Spurs 106, Timberwolves 91 - Manu Ginobili scored a season-high 31 points, and San Antonio showed fledgling Minnesota why it is the defending NBA champions with a comeback victory in Minneapolis.

Ginobili, San Antonio's super sub, shot 11 for 16 from the field. Tim Duncan had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs, who didn't lead until early in the fourth quarter.

The Timberwolves lost for the 12th time in 14 games this season.

Al Jefferson had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota, and Sebastian Telfair scored 17 points despite some erratic play at point guard.

Mavericks 91, Trail Blazers 80 - Josh Howard had 23 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, and host Dallas overcame a weak performance by Dirk Nowitzki for a victory over Portland.

Jason Terry added 17 points and Devin Harris had 14 points and seven assists for the Mavericks, who extended their home winning streak against the Blazers to nine games.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trail Blazers with 22 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots.

Nowitzki, the defending league MVP, began the night averaging 21.7 points, but was 0 for 5 in the first quarter and finished with 11 points.

76ers 85, Wizards 84 - Samuel Dalembert had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Andre Miller scored 18 points to lead host Philadelphia over Washington.

Willie Green and Reggie Evans added 13 points each for the Sixers, who snapped a two-game losing streak at home and a four-game skid against the Wizards.

Caron Butler scored 20 points and Antawn Jamison had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Washington. The Wizards are 4-4 since Gilbert Arenas went down with a knee injury expected to sideline him for three months.

Hornets 92, Hawks 86 - David West had 22 points and 17 rebounds and New Orleans won for the eighth time in 10 road games, beating turnover-plagued Atlanta.

Chris Paul had 20 points for New Orleans. Jannero Pargo had 13 and Morris Peterson added 12.

The Hawks stayed close, even leading at halftime, despite their problems handling the ball (20 turnovers). Back-to-back baskets by Peterson gave the Hornets their first double-figure lead at 82-69 with 6:09 left.

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