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Howard leads Magic past Pacers, 111-96

Dwight Howard had 19 points and 16 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Indiana Pacers 111-96 on Wednesday night.

Jason Richardson had 19 points and nine rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu scored 18 points and Ryan Anderson added 14 for the Magic, who made 16-of-34 3-pointers and shot 50 percent from the field. Orlando has won four of its past five games, but was coming off a home loss to Detroit on Monday.

Danny Granger scored 27 points for the Pacers, but he shot 6 for 19 from the field. Darren Collison added 21 points for Indiana, which lost its sixth straight.

Indiana made just 8-of-30 3-pointers. The Pacers tied for their worst home loss, matching their 15-point defeat on Dec. 15 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Orlando made seven 3-pointers in the second quarter to open up a close game. The Magic shot 59 percent in the first half and led 62-48 at the break. Orlando shot 72 percent in the second quarter and outscored the Pacers 38-27.

Indiana opened the second half with a 3-pointer by Mike Dunleavy, but the Magic regained momentum with an alley-oop pass from Turkoglu to Howard for a power jam that gave the Magic a 69-53 lead. Orlando stretched its lead to 23 points midway through the quarter and led 86-72 at the end of the period.

Indiana opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer by Granger, sparking a 7-0 run that cut Orlando's lead to 86-79.

Turkoglu stopped the run with a three-point play that pushed the Magic's lead back to 10 points with 8:39 to play. A 3-pointer by Jameer Nelson gave Orlando a 94-79 lead and caused the Pacers to call a timeout.

Indiana closed within 11, but Richardson made two 3-pointers to extend Orlando's lead to 103-86.

NOTES: The Pacers observed a moment of silence for Indianapolis metro police officer David Moore, who died Wednesday after being shot Sunday during a traffic stop. ... Orlando's Gilbert Arenas drained 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter to give Magic 24-21 lead. ... The Magic waived point guard Jason Williams on Wednesday. He appeared in just 16 games this season and averaged 2.1 points and 1.5 assists. ... Indiana G Brandon Rush sprained his left ankle in the third quarter and did not return.

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