NBA Wrap: Vucevic, Magic halt losing skid

NBA Wrap: Vucevic, Magic halt losing skid
November 26, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Nikola Vucevic scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Magic's win over the Hawks. (USA Today Images)

ATLANTA -- Arron Afflalo scored 26 points, Victor Oladipo and Andrew Nicholson added 18 apiece and the Orlando Magic snapped a 17-game road losing streak with a 109-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

The Magic began the night having lost four straight overall and five in a row on the road. They won away from Orlando for the first time since last March 4 at New Orleans.

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn Vaughn had planned to start Tobias Harris for the first time this season, but the third-year forward was unable to dress because of recurring issues with his left ankle.

Instead, Vaughn went with the lineup of Afflalo, OIadipo, Glen Davis, Nikola Vucevic and Jameer Nelson.

Vucevic grabbed 15 rebounds, Nelson added 10 assists, and the Magic got a combined 30 points from Nicholson and E'Twaun Moore off the bench (see full recap).

Wall, Nene carry Wizards past Lakers
WASHINGTON -- The Los Angeles Lakers are playing the waiting for Kobe game - trying to stay respectable without one of the NBA's all-time greats.

Los Angeles' had its three-game winning streak broken, 116-111 by the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night, while Bryant, who signed a two-year contract extension on Monday, watched on television from the locker room.

The Lakers' star pledged his loyalty to the only team he's ever played for in his first public comments about the extension, saying before the game that Los Angeles' willingness to pay him a reported $48.5 million for the next two seasons makes him want to "run through a wall" for the team.

He won't play in Brooklyn on Wednesday or at Detroit on Friday as he concludes his rehab from surgery on his ruptured Achilles tendon.

His teammates nearly pulled out another win against a team with two hot players, John Wall, who had 31 points and Nene, who scored a career-high 30 on 13-for-22 shooting from the field (see full recap).

Nets top Raptors to snap losing skid
TORONTO -- Andray Blatche scored 24 points, Joe Johnson had 21 and the Brooklyn Nets snapped a five-game losing streak, beating the Toronto Raptors 102-100 on Tuesday night.

Paul Pierce scored 16 points and Kevin Garnett had 12 as the Nets won for the first time since beating Phoenix on Nov. 15.

Brooklyn won for just the third time in their past nine games in Canada, getting the victory despite playing without guard Deron Williams and center Brook Lopez, both of whom are sidelined with left ankle injuries.

DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and Kyle Lowry had 21 for the Raptors, whose two-game winning streak was snapped (see full recap).

Thompson, Warriors hold off Pelicans
NEW ORLEANS -- Klay Thompson scored 22 points and tied a career high with eight assists, and the Golden State Warriors snapped a three-game skid with a 102-101 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.

Eric Gordon had a chance to win it for New Orleans with an open 3-pointer from the left corner in the final seconds, but the shot rimmed out and Anthony Davis couldn't quite reach the rebound.

Jermaine O'Neal returned from right knee and groin injuries that had sidelined him for four games and did not look at all rusty, sinking his first seven shots en route to 18 points - including a clutch baseline hook with 2:06 left. David Lee added 19 points (see full recap).