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NBA Roundup: Magic Finally Beat Bucks

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The coaches made peace, and the Orlando Magic finally defeated the Milwaukee Bucks.

Doc Rivers and George Karl set aside their feud and shook hands Tuesday night before Orlando's 101-91 victory over Milwaukee _ the Magic's first victory over the Bucks following 10 consecutive regular-season losses.

Tracy McGrady led the Magic, winners of six straight, with 48 points.

``The rivalry might be on now,'' Rivers said. ``You can't have a rivalry when one team wins 10 games in a row. I don't know what it's called, but it's definitely not a rivalry.''

Pat Garrity made seven 3-pointers and added 21 points for Orlando, which moved a half-game ahead of Milwaukee for the Eastern Conference's fourth playoff seed.

The Magic, winners of nine consecutive home games, are a season-best seven games over .500.

Before the game, Rivers sought out Karl for a handshake. It was a way of putting to rest their lengthy spat, which recently took an ugly turn when Karl criticized Rivers in a magazine article.

``I'm glad that's over with, I really am. I thought there was way too much attention on me and George,'' Rivers said. ``We said we'll talk in the summer; we'll go boating.''

In other NBA games, Dallas defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 114-98, Sacramento downed Golden State 110-87, Cleveland nipped New Jersey 100-97, Detroit defeated Utah 94-87, Philadelphia beat Miami 91-79, Minnesota crushed Toronto 112-80, Seattle topped Golden State 100-93, New York rallied past Memphis 101-92 and Atlanta edged Chicago 102-96.

Sam Cassell scored 23 points to lead the Bucks.

``We still have confidence as a team,'' Cassell said. ``We beat Orlando 10 straight times and all good things must come to an end.''

Eleven nights after scoring a career-high 50 points, McGrady was all but unstoppable. In the first half, McGrady shot 10-for-15 and made all five of his 3-point attempts, scoring 30. That included back-to-back 3s that put the Magic ahead 49-30 with 4:07 before halftime.

Mavericks 114, Lakers 98

Steve Nash scored 30 points and Michael Finley added 22, and recently acquired center Raef LaFrentz helped Dallas beat the Lakers two nights after a narrow loss in Los Angeles.

Dallas ended a seven-game losing streak to the Lakers and won for just the fourth time in their last 45 meetings.

LaFrentz's biggest contribution was getting O'Neal into foul trouble. When O'Neal sat after picking up his fourth foul with five minutes left in the third quarter, the host Mavs went on a 13-2 run to take control.

Kings 110, Rockets 87

Chris Webber had 35 points and 12 rebounds as Sacramento regained sole possession of the NBA's best record.

Though the Kings lost All-Star Peja Stojakovic in the opening seconds when he aggravated his strained right hamstring, they had little trouble beating Houston for the seventh straight time. Bobby Jackson had four 3-pointers among his 20 points, and Mike Bibby added 15.

Sacramento followed up a 4-1 East Coast road trip by improving the NBA's best home record to 31-3. The Kings opened a one-game lead over the Lakers atop the Western Conference with 16 games remaining for both teams.

Cavaliers 100, Nets 97

At Cleveland, Lamond Murray swished a desperation 3-pointer from the corner as time expired.

Coming out of a timeout with 0.5 seconds left, Murray took an inbounds pass from Andre Miller, turned and shot. Nets coach Byron Scott went to center court to argue with officials that the clock did not start soon enough.

Keith Van Horn tied the score at 97 moments earlier with a 3-pointer after taking an inbounds pass from Jason Kidd, who had 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his eighth triple-double this season.

Pistons 94, Jazz 87

Jerry Stackhouse, Cliff Robinson and Chucky Atkins each had 20 points as Detroit gained its third straight road victory.

Corliss Williamson scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter when the Pistons went on a game-clinching 13-3 run.

76ers 91, Heat 79

At Miami, Allen Iverson scored 33 points, including 21 in the second half, and Philadelphia remained 1 1/2 games behind Orlando for the fifth playoff spot in the East.

The Heat, coming off their most lopsided win of the season, lost for only the third time in 10 games and fell two games behind the Hornets for eighth place in the East.

Timberwolves 112, Raptors 80

At Minneapolis, the Timberwolves ended their season-high seven-game losing streak and kept Toronto in a miserable slump.

Toronto, which has won just one game since Feb. 7, lost for the 17th time in 18 tries and had its most lopsided defeat of the season.

SuperSonics 110, Warriors 93

Rashard Lewis scored 26 points and Vin Baker returned to Seattle's lineup earlier than expected as the SuperSonics beat Golden State for the 12th straight time.

Gary Payton got the host Sonics off to a good start, scoring 17 of his 21 points in the first quarter when they took the lead for good.

Knicks 101, Grizzlies 92

At Memphis, Latrell Sprewell scored 23 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, and New York erased a 10-point deficit in the final seven minutes.

Hawks 102, Bulls 96

At Chicago, Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Jason Terry added 22 points for the Hawks, winners of four of five.

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