NBA roundup: Magic's Howard sets free-throw attempt record in win

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Final Score: Orlando 117, Golden State 109

Oakland, CA – In the end, Dwight Howard had the last laugh. Warriors first-year head coach Mark Jackson opted to employ a severe case of "Hack a Shaq," sending Shaquille O'Neal's doppelganger to the free throw line an NBA record 39 times. Howard only made 21 of his attempts, but finished with 45 points and converted a go-ahead three-point play with 65 seconds remaining to help Orlando outlast Golden State, 117-109. The previous free-throw attempt record was held by the great Wilt Chamberlain, who shot 34 against St. Louis on February 22, 1962. Hedo Turkoglu chipped in 20 points in Orlando's third straight win. Monta Ellis led Golden State with 30 points, while David Lee added 26 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out.

Final Score: Atlanta 111, Charlotte 81

Atlanta, GA – The Atlanta Hawks learned they would be without starting center Al Horford for 3-to-4 months Thursday, then responded with a 111-81 dismantling of the Charlotte Bobcats. Josh Smith had game-highs of 30 points and 13 rebounds, while Joe Johnson added 23 points in the win. Zaza Pachulia played over 31 minutes, scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the absence of Horford, who suffered a torn pectoral muscle during Wednesday's loss at Indiana. Byron Mullens had a career-high 21 points, while Gerald Henderson added 16 for the Bobcats, losers of five straight.

Final Score: Memphis 94, New York 83

Memphis, TN – Rudy Gay scored 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting, as the Grizzlies rolled to a 94-83 victory over the Knicks. New York not only had its four-game winning streak fall by the wayside, but also saw star forward Carmelo Anthony suffer a sprained right ankle. The severity of Anthony's injury will be determined by an MRI in the near future. Memphis, still playing without Zach Randolph (knee), outscored the Knicks, 24-12, in the third quarter after Anthony limped off and cruised the rest of the way to end a three-game skid. O.J. Mayo netted 18 points, while Marc Gasol logged 10 points and 12 rebounds for the victors. Anthony scored 14 points before leaving, as did Bill Walker in the loss.

Final Score: Milwaukee 102, Detroit 93

Milwaukee, WI – Brandon Jennings scored 27 points and Stephen Jackson had 25, as the Bucks downed the Pistons, 102-93, on Thursday. Jon Leuer added 15 points, while Ersan Ilyasova had 14 for the Bucks, who have won two straight following a five-game skid. Head coach Scott Skiles picked up career win No. 400. Greg Monroe finsished with game-highs of 32 points and 16 boards in the Pistons' sixth straight loss. Brandon Knight chipped in 20 points and Tayshaun Prince finished with 13.

Final Score: Cleveland 101, Phoenix 90

Phoenix, AZ – Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 26 points and Antawn Jamison added 23, as the Cavaliers bested the Suns, 101-90, on Thursday. Daniel Gibson chipped in 10 points and Anderson Varejao had eight points and 17 rebounds for the Cavs, who are in the midst of a seven-game road trip. The Suns, meanwhile, saw their three-game home win streak come to an end. Steve Nash had 16 points and 15 assists and Marcin Gortat posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards in the team's second straight loss.


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