NBA roundup: Magic fight off Bulls
By SPORTS NETWORK
Final Score: Orlando 99, Chicago 94
Chicago, IL - Dwight Howard scored a game-high 29 points to go with 18 rebounds, leading the Orlando Magic past the Chicago Bulls, 99-94, at United Centre on Thursday. Jason Richardson shot 4-of-6 from three-point range en route to 18 points before rolling his left ankle in the fourth quarter, while Ryan Anderson chipped in a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards as the Magic bounced back from a 100-84 loss on Tuesday to the woeful Charlotte Bobcats. Carlos Boozer led the way for Chicago with 26 points and Derrick Rose scored 17 while handing out nine assists. Taj Gibson netted 14 for the Bulls, who saw an eight-game win streak come to an end.
Final Score: Phoenix 96, Dallas 94
Phoenix, AZ - Jared Dudley scored 18 and Marcin Gortat had 16 and 12 rebounds, as the Suns came back to down the Mavericks, 96-94, on Thursday. Grant Hill added 15, Steve Nash finished with 11 points and 11 assists and Hakim Warrick scored nine off the bench for the Suns, who trailed by as many as 12 in the third quarter. They have won six of their last eight games. Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter had 18 points apiece to pace the Mavericks, who had won their previous eight against Phoenix. They scored seven straight to close the game, but Rodrigue Beaubois missed two potential tying shots in the final seconds.