NEW YORK – Vince Carter scored 29 points and the New Jersey Nets salvaged the final game of their otherwise miserable five-game trip with a 115-89 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

Brook Lopez added 23 points for the Nets, who put up 70 points across the middle two quarters, making 16 of 22 shots (73 percent) in the third, and cruised to a surprisingly easy victory in a game between teams fighting desperately to stay in the playoff race.

Trail Blazers 95, Pacers 85

INDIANAPOLIS – Brandon Roy scored 20 points, Greg Oden won his first pro game in his hometown, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Indiana Pacers 95-85.

Oden, the top pick in the 2007 draft, returned to Portland’s lineup after missing more than a month because of a bone chip in his left knee.

He finished with four points and seven rebounds in 12 minutes.

Magic 106, Bucks 80

MILWAUKEE – Dwight Howard had 28 points and came up three assists shy of a triple double, powering the Orlando Magic to a 106-80 blowout victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Howard finished with 12 rebounds and seven assists, while Hedo Turkoglu added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Orlando.

Bulls 103, Thunder 96

OKLAHOMA CITY – Derrick Rose scored 20 of his 25 points and didn’t miss a shot in the second half as the Chicago Bulls snapped a seven-game road losing streak by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-96.

Hornets 94, Timberwolves 93

NEW ORLEANS – Chris Paul capped a 26-point, 10-assist, five-steal performance by setting up David West’s dunk with 12.6 seconds left that gave the New Orleans Hornets a 94-93 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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