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MAGIC IMPROVE TO 15-3 WITH WIN OVER HAWKS

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Shaquille O'Neal dominated at both ends of the floor Saturday night, scoring 33 points and grabbing 13 rebounds to lead the NBA's hottest team, the Orlando Magic, to a 109-98 triumph over the Atlanta Hawks.

The victory was the 13th in the last 14 games for Orlando, which improved the league's best record to 15-3.Anfernee Hardaway had 22 points for the Magic, which broke the game open by outscoring Atlanta 27-11 in the last nine minutes of the third quarter.

Mookie Blaylock had 15 points for Atlanta, which had won four of its previous five games.

Atlanta won the earlier meeting between the teams 107-105, handing the Magic its only loss since Nov. 10 and snapping a nine-game winning streak.

Knicks 107, 76ers 103

At New York, Patrick Ewing, who missed most of the third quarter because of foul trouble, hit two crucial hook shots down the stretch and finished with a season-high 28 points and 15 rebounds.

Ewing had 10 points in the final quarter and scored three straight baskets for the Knicks to give them the lead for good.

Clarence Weatherspoon had 29 points to lead Philadelphia and Dana Barros had 18.

Pacers 117, Heat 103

At Indianapolis, hot-shooting Reggie Miller tied his season high with 33 points as Indiana earned its fifth straight victory.

Miller hit 9 of 11 shots from the field and made 10-of-11 free throws in 27 minutes.

Glen Rice led Miami with 21 points, and Billy Owens had 19 and 10 rebounds.

Nets 108, Celtics 96

At East Rutherford, N.J., P.J. Brown hit four baskets as New Jersey, the NBA's second worst shooting team (.436), hit its first 10 shots and built a 31-11 lead.

Kenny Anderson had 22 points and 15 assists and Derrick Coleman added 16 points and 15 rebounds as the Nets won for only the second time in eight games and ended a four-game home losing streak.

Former Net David Wesley had a career-high 23 points for Boston, which was playing for the fourth time in five days and losing for the fifth time in six games. The Celtics were hurt by Dominique Wilkins, who was limited to nine points on 4-of-21 shooting.

Suns 103, Timberwolves 89

At Minneapolis, rookie Wesley Person scored seven of his 25 points during a 17-1 run in the fourth quarter as Phoenix remained perfect against Minnesota, winning all 22 meetings.

Doug West and Winston Garland each scored 20 points for the Wolves, who extended their club-record home losing streak to 13 games, dating to last season. Minnesota is 0-9 at home this season.

Cavaliers 87, Pistons 79

At Cleveland, Chris Mills scored 17 points, including the final five of the clinching 13-3 run, as Cleveland beat injury-riddled Detroit.

Detroit, which lost its sixth consecutive road game, had just nine players - and only one of its top five scorers - in uniform. Lindsey Hunter (broken foot) and Oliver Miller (broken hand) were placed on the injured list earlier in the day, and Joe Dumars (bronchitis) and Grant Hill (flu) did not make the trip.

Detroit's Allan Houston, starting for the first time this season, scored a season-high 28 points, three away from his career high, on 12-of-18 shooting.

Spurs 108, Rockets 96

At Houston, Avery Johnson led a balanced San Antonio attack with 24 points and Chuck Person hit 6-of-9 3-pointers, leading the Spurs to a 108-96 victory over Houston on Saturday night.

Johnson, a former Rocket, had 16 points in the first half as the Spurs built a 61-50 halftime lead. Person, who had 22 points, and Sean Elliott took over in the second half to keep the lead.

Elliott scored 10 of his 20 points in the third quarter when the Spurs expanded their lead to 89-75 at the end of the quarter.

Hakeem Olajuwon led the Rockets with 20 points, and Otis Thorpe had 19 points and 14 rebounds. David Robinson scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds for the Spurs.

Mavericks 99, Hornets 86

At Dallas, Jamal Mashburn scored 31 points and Jim Jackson added 20 as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Charlotte Hornets 99-86 Saturday night for their ninth win of the season - a total they didn't reach until April 5 last season.

Mashburn and Jackson scored eight points each during a 16-2 run ending the third quarter and Dallas opened a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Coach Dick Motta moved into third place on the NBA's all-time win list with 865, breaking a tie with Jack Ramsay.

Nuggets 111, Bullets 89

At Denver, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf came off the bench to score 31 points, including five 3-pointers, leading the Denver Nuggets to their fourth straight victory, 111-89 over the Washington Bullets on Saturday night.

Abdul-Rauf's season-high point total, on 13-of-19 shooting, came just one day after he was fined for missing practice. He cited a "personal matter" as the reason for his absence, although he admitted being unhappy with his diminished playing time this season.

His 14 first-quarter points helped stake Denver to a 15-point lead, and the Bullets got no closer than eight points.

Kings 106, Warriors 94

At Sacramento, Calif., Brian Grant scored 23 points, including 11 of Sacramento's final 20 points, as the Kings handed the Golden State Warriors their fifth straight loss, 106-94 Saturday night.

Mitch Richmond led the Kings with 24 points.

Tim Hardaway paced the Warriors, who scored one point in the final 3:42, with 23 points.

Sonics 132, Clippers 127 (2OT)

At Los Angeles, Shawn Kemp scored eight of his career-high 42 points in the second overtime and hit 20-of-22 free throws as the Seattle SuperSonics snapped the Los Angeles Clippers' two-game winning streak with a 132-127 victory Saturday night.

The Sonics won for the seventh time in eight games. Gary Payton scored a career-high 33 points and added 14 assists, becoming the first Sonic to record double figures in assists this season.

Pooh Richardson led the Clippers with 32 points and 15 assists before fouling out with 3:08 remaining in the second overtime.