Howard, Anderson star as Magic edge Raptors
|Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan goes to the basket against Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard (C)during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto, March 5, 2012. Photo by Mark Blinch, Reuters.|
MANILA, Philippines – Dwight Howard and Ryan Anderson both came up with double-doubles and the Orlando Magic escaped the Toronto Raptors, 92-88.
Howard had a game-high 36 points to go along with 13 boards, while Anderson finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
The Raptors were able to keep the contest close and only trailed by two points, 85-87, with 31 seconds left.
But JJ Redick drained a three-pointer with less than 10 seconds to go to put the Magic up five, and although Jose Calderon hit a three-pointer of his own in the Raptors' next possession, Redick would make two free throws to put the game on ice.
"We needed a big shot and JJ is a guy that we really rely on for those big moment shots," Anderson told NBA.com."We really trust him and he knocked it down once again and those free throws were really clutch."
The Magic have won two straight games and seven of their last 10 over-all.
DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 23 points, while Aaron Gray had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
But the Raptors had trouble containing Howard inside the paint, as the Magic big man converted 16 of 20 field goals.
"It's frustrating to see him dunking the ball like that over and over," Gray said.
Howard could have scored more points, but he made only four of 14 free-throw attempts.
Jazz, Warriors notch victories
The Utah Jazz got a double-double from big man Al Jefferson as they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 109-100.
Jefferson had 25 points and 13 rebounds to go along with seven assists, and the Jazz took control of the game by outscoring the Cavs 28-15 in the second quarter.
The Jazz eventually went on to lead by as much as 17 points. The Cavs cut the lead to single digits late in the fourth period, but their rally fell short as Gordon Hayward and Jefferson made game-clinching free throws.
"This was a game we knew we had to win in order to stay in the playoff hunt," Jefferson said. "We need to keep playing like we played tonight."
The Jazz snapped a six-game losing streak and improved their record to 18-19.
Kyrie Irving and Antawn Jamison both scored 22 points for the Cavs, who fell to 13-23 and sustained their sixth straight loss.
"They just had the will. They outworked us, definitely," Cavs forward Tristan Thompson said.
Meanwhile, six players scored in double-figures and the Golden State Warriors routed the Washington Wizards, 120-100.
Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 25 points and 8 assists, while David Lee had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Nick Young had 25 points off the bench for the Wizards, while John Wall had 20 points and 14 assists.
But the Wizards could not stop the Warriors, who made 54.2% of their field goal attempts and 65.2% of their three-pointers.
The game could have been more competitive if the Wizards had made their free throws. They made only 20 of their 36 free-throw attempts, while the Warriors made 15 of their 16 charities.