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NBA notes: Magic keep the hapless Wizards winless

The Magic's Dwight Howard, left, stopped a drive from the Wizards' Rashard Lewis at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday. Howard scored 28 points with 20 rebounds.
The Magic's Dwight Howard, left, stopped a drive from the Wizards' Rashard Lewis at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday. Howard scored 28 points with 20 rebounds. MCT

Dwight Howard had 28 points and 20 rebounds, Ryan Anderson added 23 points and 15 rebounds and the host Orlando Magic ran past the winless Washington Wizards 103-85 on Wednesday night.

The Magic won for the fifth time in six games and had four players in double figures. Orlando has won seven straight against Washington and 15 of the last 18 meetings.

The Wizards got 17 points from Nick Young, but shot poorly all night and trailed by as many as 28 in falling to 0-6 for the first time in franchise history. They remain the NBA's only winless team. John Wall was 6-for-16 for 14 points. He also had five assists.

Heat 118, Pacers 83: LeBron James had 33 points and 13 assists, Chris Bosh added 22 points and Miami hardly missed Dwyane Wade in a rout of visiting Indiana.

Wade sat out with a sore left foot, and his status for Thursday's game at Atlanta is uncertain. Wade, a six-time All-Star, injured his foot in the second quarter at Charlotte on Dec. 28.

Celtics 89, Nets 70: Paul Pierce scored nine of his 24 points during a game-breaking third-quarter run and Avery Bradley hit his first career three-pointer, helping host Boston beat injury-depleted New Jersey.

Reserve Brandon Bass scored 15 and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo had eight points and 12 assists for the Celtics (4-3). Boston has won four straight since dropping all three of a season-opening road trip.

Ray Allen missed Wednesday night's game because of an illness.

Bulls 99, Pistons 83: Richard Hamilton scored 14 points in his return to The Palace.

Hamilton started after missing the previous two games with a sore left groin. He received a warm welcome from Detroit fans, many of whom stood and applauded the veteran guard who spent nine years with the Pistons before being waived prior to this season.

Hamilton went 5-for-9 from the field and added five assists. Derrick Rose had 17 points and 10 assists for the Bulls.

Bobcats 118, Knicks 110: Boris Diaw rebounded from a dreadful game a night earlier with a season-high 27 points, as visiting Charlotte snapped a four-game losing streak.

The Bobcats ruined the returns of Amare Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert, who helped get the Knicks' offense back on track but saw that effort wasted when they simply couldn't guard Charlotte.

Ex-Cat Josh Harrellson played only 3 minutes in the game, grabbing one offensive rebound.

Raptors 92, Cavaliers: Andrea Bargnani scored 31 points in leading Toronto to its second straight win.

DeMar DeRozan added 25 points for the host Raptors and Jose Calderon had 13 points and 11 assists.

Antawn Jamison led Cleveland with 19 points.

Backup center Samardo Samuels did not play in Toronto because he lost his passport.

Around the league

Grizzlies: Memphis' Zach Randolph is expected to miss six to eight weeks after tearing a ligament in his right knee, the team announced Wednesday.

The 6-foot-9, 255-pound Randolph tore his right MCL in the first quarter of the Grizzlies' 104-64 loss at Chicago on Sunday. Randolph had an MRI on Tuesday, and the team learned of the prognosis Wednesday afternoon before it played at Minnesota.

The 29-year-old Randolph led the Grizzlies in scoring through the first four games of the season with an average of 14.8 points and had pulled down 7.5 rebounds per game.

Spurs: Guard Manu Ginobili will have surgery on his broken left hand and is expected to be out at least two months after his latest injury.

Ginobili tweeted Wednesday that he'll have a plate screwed onto his shooting hand Thursday.

Ginobili was averaging 17.4 points a game

Thunder: Reserve Ryan Reid will miss two to four weeks after having surgery to repair a broken nose.

General manager Sam Presti said Wednesday that Reid had a successful procedure performed.

Team spokesman Matt Tumbleson says Reid was hurt when he banged his head on the back of a teammate's head during a recent workout.

Warriors: Golden State has signed free agent Nate Robinson, adding another flashy but undersized point guard to a backcourt that already features Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry.

Robinson will be in uniform and wear No. 2 when Golden State plays at the Los Angeles Lakers Friday.

The 5-foot-9, three-time NBA Slam Dunk champion is expected to provide depth at the guard spot as Curry already has sprained his troublesome, surgically repaired right ankle twice this season.

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