Redick has Magic touch
ORLANDO, Fla. — J.J. Redick was hanging at his house playing video games with Ryan Anderson about a month ago when the topic of playing time arose.
Trying to teach his teammate not to get frustrated, Redick pulled up his game logs on the Internet from his first two NBA seasons to show all the games he didn't play.
"We had quite a chuckle," Redick said. "You see like 17 ... in a row."
Redick again showed how far he's come, and Anderson might not be far behind.
Redick had 23 points and career highs of eight assists and seven rebounds in place of an injured Vince Carter, helping the Orlando Magic beat the Denver Nuggets, 103-97, last night.
He was 8-for-15 shooting and played a career-high 46 minutes after Carter sprained his right big toe. The Magic also got a big boost with 19 points from Anderson for their 13th win in the last 15 games.
Redick got another lift at halftime, too, when he saw his former Duke team about to clinch a spot in the Final Four. But he pointed to his minutes — and what he did with them — as his proudest moment of the night.
"I think sometimes as a player when you know you're not going to come out, you don't force things and you move the ball and you make the extra pass," Redick said.
Denver simply crumbled.
Carmelo Anthony had 26 points but was held without a field goal in the fourth, and Chauncey Billups finished with 18 points for the struggling Nuggets, losers of four of their last five games.
"I don't think that it's cause for concern," Anthony said. "It's just that it's happening right now, the last nine or 10 games of the season. But I don't think anybody on our team should be concerned about anything."
The Nuggets have started 1-3 on their five-game road trip — all without coach George Karl, who missed his 11th game since announcing that he had been diagnosed with throat and neck cancer. Denver is 6-5 without Karl.
"We've just got to stick together," interim coach Adrian Dantley said. "We haven't been playing well. You're going to go through stretches like that during the year and we've just got to come back."
Carter left 95 seconds into the game, two days after he sprained his right ankle in a win over Minnesota. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy doesn't expect Carter to miss much time.
Spurs 94, Celtics 73: Manu Ginobili scored 28 points, and Richard Jefferson had 16 points and 11 rebounds to help visiting San Antonio win for the 12th time in 16 games and move into a three-way tie with Portland and Oklahoma City for sixth place in the Western Conference.
Paul Pierce scored 18 points, and Kevin Garnett had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Boston.
Trail Blazers 92, Thunder 87: Andre Miller scored 26 points, Brandon Roy added 20 and visiting Portland won for the 11th time in 13 games.
Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 29 points.
Cavaliers 97, Kings 90: LeBron James scored 23 of his 34 points in the second half and Antawn Jamison added 26 to propel host Cleveland.
Beno Udrih had his first career triple-double (18 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds) for Sacramento.
Bucks 108, Grizzlies 103, OT: John Salmons scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and Brandon Jennings added 29 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as host Milwaukee snapped a two-game skid.
Zach Randolph led Memphis with 31 points and 15 rebounds.
Hawks 94, Pacers 84: Josh Smith had 21 points and 13 rebounds, Al Horford added 18 points and 12 boards, and host Atlanta snapped Indiana's five-game winning streak.
Troy Murphy scored 21 for Indiana, which was trying to win six straight games for the first time since 2005.
Heat 97, Raptors 94: Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, and host Miami rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Toronto.
Chris Bosh led the Raptors with 19 points.
Bulls 110, Pistons 103: Flip Murray scored 23 points, and Derrick Rose added 19 points and nine assists as visiting Chicago handed Detroit its eighth straight loss.
Richard Hamilton scored 29 points for the Pistons, who have lost 15 of their last 17 games.
Suns 111, Timberwolves 105: Amare Stoudemire had 30 points and 17 rebounds, helping Phoenix tag host Minnesota with its 16th loss in a row.
Kevin Love had 23 points and a career-high 22 rebounds for the Timberwolves.
Warriors 121, Clippers 103: Rookie forward Reggie Williams scored 25 points in his second NBA start to lead visiting Golden State.
Rasual Butler scored 21 points for the Clippers, who have lost 11 of their last 13.