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Howard, Magic edge Heat; Mourning honored

Associated Press / March 31, 2009
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On the night Miami retired Alonzo Mourning's number, Orlando's big man wrecked the party.

Dwight Howard scored 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, passing Wilt Chamberlain as the youngest NBA player to reach the 5,000-board mark, and the Magic kept their grip on the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference by beating the Heat, 101-95, last night in Miami.

Rashard Lewis scored 21 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:32 remaining for Orlando , which stayed five games behind Cleveland and percentage points ahead of the defending champion Celtics in the East race.

Dwyane Wade scored 13 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter for the Heat.

Hedo Turkoglu scored 16 points, Rafer Alston added 13, and Courtney Lee finished with 10 for Orlando.

There were seven lead changes and four ties in the final 5:49, with Wade - as typically is the case - carrying most of the offensive load for Miami. Three times in a span of 2 1/2 minutes, Wade either had a dunk or a layup that gave the Heat the lead, the last of those with 2:52 left and putting Miami ahead, 92-91.

Howard rattled home the second of two free throws to tie it, Lewis got free for a 3-pointer, and Turkoglu found Howard under the basket for a layup that put the Magic up, 97-92, with 50.5 seconds remaining.

The loss was especially costly for the Heat. Backup point guard Luther Head broke his left hand during the game and will miss four to six weeks, meaning there likely will be no way he's available for Miami's first-round playoff series.

The 43-minute ceremony honoring Mourning featured the reading of a letter from President Obama, plus brief speeches from Gov. Charlie Crist, Heat president Pat Riley, Mourning's former Georgetown coach John Thompson, and fellow former Hoya Patrick Ewing, a longtime mentor.

"Just eight short years ago, eight short years ago, I didn't envision this moment happening," Mourning said, moments after the banner bearing his name and No. 33 was raised. "This is probably one of the greatest moments of my life and I'm honored to be here this evening."

Jazz 112, Knicks 104 - Deron Williams had 24 points and 13 assists and Utah beat New York, rallying after blowing a huge lead at home for the second straight game.

The Jazz led by 24 early in the third quarter, but fell behind by a 1 point in the fourth before regrouping and closing the game on a 20-11 run.

Grizzlies 114, Warriors 109 - O.J. Mayo scored 24 points and had a career-high 10 assists as visiting Memphis rallied from 9 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Golden State.

Bucks 107, Nets 78 - Richard Jefferson had 29 points and 10 rebounds against his former teammates as visiting Milwaukee routed New Jersey.

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