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Magic's Howard dominates in OT win over Pacers

Friday, November 21, 2008

By CLIFF BRUNT

AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Dwight Howard had 24 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks, and the Orlando Magic beat the Indiana Pacers 100-98 in overtime on Friday night.

Howard blocked a potential game-winning shot at the end of regulation, then altered what would have been a game-tying shot in the closing seconds of overtime.

Rashard Lewis scored 23 points for the Magic and made what turned out to be the game-winning basket with 23 seconds left in overtime. Jameer Nelson added 22 points and nine assists in Orlando's fifth straight win.

Marquis Daniels scored 25 points, T.J. Ford had 22 and Danny Granger added 21 for the Pacers.

Indiana could have taken the lead in the final minute of overtime, but Howard blocked Troy Murphy's layup against the backboard with two hands, and Orlando rebounded.

Lewis' long baseline jumper with 23 seconds left gave Orlando a 100-98 lead.

Indiana called timeout with 11 seconds left in the extra period to set up a chance to tie or win. Ford missed a fading baseline jumper over Howard, and Orlando rebounded and ran out the clock.

Orlando could have taken the lead in the final seconds of regulation with the score tied at 91, but Nelson missed a long jumper. Granger wrested the rebound away from Howard, then called timeout with 6.2 seconds left.

Indiana center Rasho Nesterovic drove to the hoop for what would have been the game-winner, but Howard blocked the shot to force overtime.

Notes

: Former Pacers G Anthony Johnson played 14 minutes for the Magic. ... Pacers G Mike Dunleavy sat out again with a sore right knee. He has not played this season. ... Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy interviewed for the Pacers job two years ago before it eventually was given to Jim O'Brien. ... WABA heavyweight boxing champion Lamon Brewster, an Indianapolis native, was in attendance. He will defend his title against Bruce Seldon on Nov. 29 at Conseco Fieldhouse.

ORLANDO (100)

Turkoglu 1-13 1-2 3, Lewis 9-12 1-1 23, Howard 9-19 6-9 24, Pietrus 3-10 2-2 10, Nelson 9-16 2-2 22, Redick 1-3 0-0 2, Battie 0-2 0-0 0, Johnson 2-4 2-2 7, Cook 1-2 0-0 3, Bogans 2-5 0-0 6. Totals 37-86 14-18 100.

INDIANA (98)

Granger 7-20 4-5 21, Murphy 2-8 0-0 5, Nesterovic 3-14 0-0 6, Daniels 11-19 2-3 25, Ford 8-18 5-7 22, Foster 3-7 3-3 9, Rush 2-6 0-0 5, Jack 2-7 1-2 5, Hibbert 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-99 15-20 98.

Orlando282220219--100
Indiana342023147--98

3-Point Goals--Orlando 12-31 (Lewis 4-4, Bogans 2-4, Nelson 2-5, Pietrus 2-7, Johnson 1-1, Cook 1-1, Redick 0-2, Turkoglu 0-7), Indiana 7-16 (Granger 3-6, Ford 1-1, Rush 1-1, Daniels 1-2, Murphy 1-4, Jack 0-1, Foster 0-1). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Orlando 58 (Howard 17), Indiana 61 (Murphy 10). Assists--Orlando 14 (Nelson 9), Indiana 22 (Nesterovic 8). Total Fouls--Orlando 26, Indiana 18. A--14,699 (18,165).



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