BOSTON – Jameer Nelson scored 24 points and Grant Hill added 18 to lead the Orlando Magic to a 92-89 win over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.

Dwight Howard had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Magic, who have won four of five after starting the season 1-2.

After the Magic squandered an 11-point third-quarter lead, Hill’s driving layup with 1:30 remaining made the score 85-84 and gave Orlando the lead for good. Following a Delonte West miss, Trevor Ariza made one free throw and Nelson scored on a layup to make it a two-possession game.

Nelson then followed a Paul Pierce basket with a 22-footer with 12 seconds remaining to seal the game.

Sonics 119, Nets 113

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Luke Ridnour scored a career-high 32 points and Seattle opened a 28-point, first-half lead and then held off a late New Jersey Nets rally in posting a 119-113 victory on Monday night, giving the road-weary SuperSonics their third straight win.

Rashard Lewis added 27 points, Ray Allen and Chris Wilcox had 22 apiece for the SuperSonics.

Vince Carter had a season-high 38 points, Nenad Krstic added 21 and Jason Kidd had 20 points, 12 assists and six rebounds.

Cavaliers 102, Knicks 96

NEW YORK – LeBron James and Damon Jones took turns carrying Cleveland and scored 29 points apiece, leading the Cavaliers over the New York Knicks 102-96 Monday night for their third straight victory.

Jones kept Cleveland in the game in the first half with 24 points, and made seven 3-pointers in what was easily his best game of the season. James scored 19 in the second half, and also set up baskets by Donyell Marshall and Anderson Varejao in the fourth quarter.

, both after New York had closed within two points.


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