ORLANDO, Fla. — Rashard Lewis fell one assist shy of his first triple-double, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the Orlando Magic’s 108-94 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.

Lewis, who was suspended for the first 10 games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, didn’t play in the fourth quarter, which the Magic started with an 88-58 lead

His performance helped Orlando overcome the loss of starting point guard Jameer Nelson, who underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Nelson is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Vince Carter added 18 points and Dwight Howard had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who put six players in double figures and won their third straight game.

Rookie James Harden scored a career-high 24 points off the bench, going 6 of 7 from 3-point range. He didn’t get much help from the Oklahoma City starters, who were a combined 14 of 45 (31 percent) from the field. Kevin Durant had 12 points, and Jeff Green and Kyle Weaver 11 apiece for the Thunder.

The Magic didn’t seem to miss Nelson, hitting five of their first six shots and scoring 28 points in the first quarter with Jason Williams making his first start of the season at point guard.

Anthony Johnson, who has played only mop-up minutes this season, took over in the second period and kept the offense humming. The 13-year pro, who had scored only four points all season, hit his first two shots and passed out two assists as the Magic expanded their lead to 20 points. Carter’s second 3-pointer of the half made it 53-33 with 5:28 left.

Oklahoma City, which shot 57 percent in a 102-74 rout of Orlando two weeks ago, couldn’t find a rhythm in the rematch. Durant shot only 3 of 7 in the first half and the Thunder made 41 percent as a team.

Harden had 12 points in the second period, including a pair of 3-pointers, but the Thunder still trailed 61-43 at halftime.

Hawks 105, Heat 90

ATLANTA — Joe Johnson made it two straight 30-point games, Josh Smith dominated during a decisive first-half run and the Atlanta Hawks won their sixth in the row, beating the Miami Heat 105-90 on Wednesday night to reclaim a share of the NBA’s best record.

Johnson scored 30 points on the heels of a 35-point effort against Portland on Monday. Smith was all over the stat sheet: 16 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and two steals.

The Hawks (10-2) remained perfect at home and finally seemed to awaken the city of Atlanta to just how good this team might be. The first sellout of the season, 18,729, turned out at Philips Arena.

Michael Beasley led the Heat with 21 points. Dwyane Wade was held to 15 on 6-of-18 shooting, ending a streak of 23 straight regular-season games with at least 20 points.

The Hawks took control by outscoring Miami 28-8 over the final 8 minutes of the first half. Johnson got things rolling with a 3-pointer, but Atlanta did most of its damage out in the open court with Smith leading the way.

He had a thunderous dunk off a steal by Jamal Crawford and lob pass from Mike Bibby, and another dunk after Johnson swiped an errant pass by Wade. Finally, with the quarter winding down and the Hawks stretching their lead, Smith bulled his way inside and powered right through Jermaine O’Neal to bank in a shot and draw the foul.

Smith pumped his fist defiantly while O’Neal stared in disbelief, as if wondering what he could do to slow the Hawks’ forward. He had 11 points, five rebounds, an assist and a block during the run, pushing Atlanta to a 60-43 halftime lead.

Miami cut its deficit to five points late in third quarter, but the Hawks reserves helped ice the victory early in the fourth. Marvin Williams was the only starter on the floor as Atlanta quickly restored its lead to 91-75, holding the Heat without a field goal until Michael Beasley finally scored with 7:22 remaining. Zaza Pachulia, Joe Smith, Jamal Crawford and Maurice Evans combined with Williams to put the visiting team away.

This was a rematch of last season’s opening-round playoff series, won by the Hawks in seven games. They were swept in the following round by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Heat played without Udonis Haslem, who sat out after falling on his left shoulder in a loss to Oklahoma City the previous night. Then, Quentin Richardson sustained a lower back strain early in the third quarter and didn’t return, further cutting into Miami’s depth.

Knicks 110, Pacers 103

INDIANAPOLIS — Al Harrington scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter against his former team, and the New York Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers 110-103 on Wednesday night to snap a six-game losing streak.

Larry Hughes had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Wilson Chandler scored 18 points and David Lee added 17 for the Knicks (2-9), who overcame a double-digit deficit in the final period. Eddy Curry scored 10 points in 12 minutes in his first game since he tore his right calf muscle on the opening day of training camp.

Danny Granger scored 30 of his 33 points in the first half, but fouled out in the fourth quarter and wasn’t a factor after halftime. Dahntay Jones added 25 points for the Pacers (5-4), who had won five straight.

Indiana shot 59 percent in the first half, but 24 percent in the second.

The Pacers led 93-80 in the fourth quarter before the Knicks got hot. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Harrington cut Indiana’s lead to 97-96 with 3:56 to play, and New York finally took the lead on a pair of free throws by Hughes with 3:11 to go.

Granger fouled out with 1:26 left and the Knicks leading 101-100. New York pulled away from there as Granger sat on the bench with his head down.

Granger shot 11 for 14, including 5 of 6 3-pointers. He did it all, scoring on drives and jumpers while still finding time to grab six boards. The Pacers shot 59 percent in the first half and led 69-54 at the break.

The Pacers came out cold in the second half, missing seven of their first eight shots. Hughes made a 3-pointer to cut Indiana’s lead to 71-62.

Jones made a 3-pointer, and Tyler Hansbrough had a dunk and a three-point play during a 10-1 run that gave Indiana an 82-63 lead.

New York bounced back with an 11-0 run that included six points by Harrington, but Indiana still led 86-76 at the end of the third.

Granger committed his fifth foul with 11:07 to play and Indiana up 88-76. The Pacers hung on and led by 11 when he returned to action at the 6:29 mark.

Wizards 108, Cavaliers 91

WASHINGTON — LeBron James was stymied down the stretch by DeShawn Stevenson, Antawn Jamison delivered 31 points and 10 rebounds in his season debut, and the Washington Wizards beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-91 Wednesday night to end a six-game losing streak.

Wearing a white protective sleeve over the right shoulder that sidelined him since October, Jamison looked in midseason form from the start, scoring 13 points in the first quarter.

James finished with 34 points and nine assists, but he scored only six points in the fourth quarter while shooting 3 for 7. No one else scored more than 10 points for Cleveland, which was without the injured Shaquille O’Neal and Anderson Varejao.

The Cavaliers had been figuring out how to play short-handed, winning five consecutive games heading into Wednesday. But after racing to a 17-point lead in the second quarter, they allowed the Wizards to come back, led mainly by Jamison.

He did have help. Gilbert Arenas began 3 of 16 – and finished 6 for 22 – but wound up with 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and Caron Butler had 19 points. The Wizards finally got to put all three of their past All-Stars on the court at the same time.

Jamison injured his shoulder during an exhibition game last month against Cleveland, coincidentally, and after that healed, he was sidelined with the flu.

After Jamison’s jumper put Washington ahead 60-57 midway through the third quarter, James went into take-over-the-game mode for the next 1½ minutes. He made three consecutive 3-pointers, a personal 9-0 run that gave the Cavaliers a 66-60 lead.

But Butler and Andray Blatche combined for 11 points during a 16-2 run that put the Wizards ahead 95-78 with a little more than 6 minutes remaining. Much of that stretch came with James taking a breather on the sideline.

When he returned to the court, instead of leading a comeback, James became part of the problem. He turned the ball over with an errant pass. He shot an airball on a jumper. He fouled Stevenson, his old pseudo-rival from postseasons past. He missed another jumper, with Stevenson in his face. And then James was whistled for a technical for arguing that a foul — and not a jump ball — should have been called when Stevenson’s hand stopped the reigning league MVP on a drive to the basket.

76ers 86, Bobcats 84

PHILADELPHIA — Lou Williams’ layup with 3.1 seconds remaining lifted the Philadelphia 76ers to a come-from-behind 86-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Andre Iguodala scored 25 points, Williams had 19 and Elton Brand contributed season highs of 19 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Sixers, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Rodney Carney had 10 points for Philadelphia.

With the score tied at 84, Boris Diaw missed a baseline jumper and Iguodala gathered the rebound. He dribbled to midcourt and passed to Williams for the layup on the fast break.

The Bobcats never got off a shot on their final possession.

Stephen Jackson scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter. Gerald Wallace added 11 points and 12 rebounds for the reeling Bobcats (3-8), who dropped their sixth straight and fell to 0-6 on the road.

Jackson played his second game for the Bobcats since being acquired with Acie Law from Golden State on Monday for Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic.

Jackson nearly erased a seven-point deficit single-handedly in the fourth quarter. He hit a tough jumper in the lane and then drained a 3-pointer to give Charlotte an 82-81 advantage with 2:09 left.

On the Bobcats’ next possession, Diaw drove to the basket for a layup and an 84-81 lead with 1:49 remaining. Williams made two free throws to close within 84-83 with 52 seconds left. Iguodala then hit one of two free throws to tie the game at 84 with 30 seconds remaining.

Earlier in the fourth, Jackson hit a 3-pointer from the baseline and then converted two of three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt on Charlotte’s next possession. That cut a 77-70 deficit to 77-75 with 5:41 remaining.

Brand was in the starting lineup for the Sixers despite speculation over the past couple of days that he might be coming off the bench.

Two years ago, Brand signed a five-year, $80 million free agent contract. But he missed the majority of last season with a shoulder injury and he entered Wednesday’s game with career-low averages in points (9.8) and rebounds (5.3). Brand has also been on the bench in the fourth quarter six of the last seven games before this one.

But he played a season-high 41 minutes, including meaningful minutes down the stretch.

Iguodala led four Sixers in double figures as they held a 52-43 advantage at halftime.

Rockets 97, Timberwolves 84

MINNEAPOLIS — The NBA season is not yet a month old and it has already been a long one for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Luis Scola had 20 points and a season-high 16 rebounds in Houston’s 97-84 victory over Timberwolves on Wednesday night, Minnesota’s 11th loss in a row.

Trevor Ariza scored 18 points, Chuck Hayes had 11 points and 10 rebounds and the Rockets hit 12 3-pointers for the win.

Al Jefferson returned to the lineup for Minnesota after missing the past two games to be with his grandmother, who died last week. Playing with a heavy heart, Jefferson made his first eight shots and finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

But he was inadvertantly kicked in the head by Houston’s Carl Landry while fighting for a rebound in the fourth quarter. Jefferson remained in the game, but was quiet for the final eight minutes as the Wolves faded.

Houston was playing the second game of a back-to-back and the Timberwolves had three days off in a row. But the Rockets were the team that played with more energy throughout. Houston out-rebounded Minnesota 46-36 and scored 29 points fourth quarter to pull away.

The Rockets, playing without All-Stars Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, have been pushing the tempo at Suns-like speed to try and compensate. They entered the night sixth in the NBA in scoring at 103.5 points per game and had topped 100 in 10 straight, their longest streak since 1995-96.

But they looked a little sluggish early on after losing to those Suns on Tuesday night. They had no trouble getting out on the break in their usual style, it was the finishing that was proving difficult.

They committed 14 turnovers in the first half to allow the Timberwolves to hang around.

Minnesota took a 34-29 lead about midway through the second quarter when Damien Wilkins threw down a rebound-dunk. But the veteran swingman was given a technical foul for hanging on the rim, which stunted the momentum and woke up the Rockets.

Houston responded with a 15-2 run, getting eight points from Scola in the spurt and took a 48-42 lead into halftime.

Ramon Sessions had 16 points and five assists for Minnesota, which led 67-66 late in the third quarter. But as usual, the Timberwolves defense failed down the stretch. The Rockets had little problem getting to the basket or finding open jump shots in the fourth, quickly rebuilding a 12-point lead.

NOTES: Rockets PG Aaron Brooks committed eight of the team’s 22 turnovers. … Timberwolves G Corey Brewer has at least two steals in four straight games. … Rockets F Shane Battier has hit a 3-pointer in 24 straight games. … University of Minnesota coach Tubby Smith was in attendance to watch former Kentucky standout Chuck Hayes play for the Rockets.


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