March 5, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) gets a hug from the Toronto Raptors mascot prior to the game at the Air Canada Centre. Orlando defeated Toronto 92-88. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE
Dwight Howard had a strong night as the Magic beat the Raptors. In Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings led the Bucks past the Sixers.
Dwight Howard scored 36 points and collected 13 rebounds as the Orlando Magic beat the Toronto Raptors 92-88 in a hotly contested match north of the border. Howard shot a brilliant 16-20 from the floor against T-Dot, but just 4-14 from the line. Hedo Turkoglu picked up nine assists despite not scoring a single point, and Ryan Anderson pumped in 19 despite shooting 1-5 from long-range.
Bucks 97, Sixers 93: Philadelphia continues to flail. The Sixers had tremendous bench production (53 points from Louis Williams, Thaddeus Young and Jodie Meeks) but poor shooting from all starters other than Andre Iguodala. Iguodala shot 6-9 for 16 points; the other four starters combined for 22 points on 39 field goal attempts. Brandon Jennings was a monster with 33 points on 11-23 shooting (4-8 on threes) and with seven assists. Drew Gooden popped in 25 points and Ersan Ilyasova grabbed 18 rebounds.
Nuggets 119, Kings 116 (OT): The Kings were up three with seconds to go in regulation. Sacramento did manage to foul Arron Afflalo ... once he was in his shooting motion, allowing the guard to pick up three free throws. He sank them all, and a big Ty Lawson three-pointer with four seconds left in the extra period cinched this one up. Afflalo finished with 32, and rookie Kenneth Faried had a great night with 20 points and 12 rebounds. He got to the line regularly late, and coolly hit 6-7 from there.
Blazers 86, Hornets 74: Oh my, the Blazers won! Portland was no great shakes, but managed to seal off New Orleans behind Nicolas Batum (19 points on 7-16 shooting) and superb defensive rebounding by the big men. Portland moves back to .500 at 19-19.
Warriors 120, Wizards 100: There is no ailment that a visit to the Wizards in D.C. cannot cure. Stephen Curry returned to the floor, albeit in a limited bench role, to score 12 points in nine minutes on the 'Zards. Golden State shot a sizzling 54 percent from the floor and hit 15 of 23 three-pointers. John Wall had 20 points and 14 assists, many of them to Nick Young, who scored 25 on 9-14 shooting.