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Miller, Sixers hold off Knicks

Knicks’ Wilson Chandler, left, blocks a shot by 76ers’ Reggie Evans during the first half Friday in New York.

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NEW YORK — Andre Miller had 25 points and six assists to help the Philadelphia 76ers overcome a big night from Larry Hughes and beat the New York Knicks 108-103 Friday night.

Thaddeus Young blocked Chris Duhon’s layup attempt with 30 seconds left and the Sixers leading by four. Young finished with 23 points for Philadelphia, which has won two in a row since ending a four-game losing streak.

Philadelphia led by 22 late in the first half, but the Knicks made a furious charge in the third quarter, keyed by 10 points from the recently acquired Hughes, who finished with 25 on 9-for-16 shooting.

Andre Igoudala had 15 points for Philadelphia and Samuel Dalembert had 14 rebounds.

Al Harrington scored 23 points for New York and David Lee had 17 with 11 rebounds.

Pistons 93, Magic 85

ORLANDO, Fla. — Richard Hamilton had 31 points and six assists in his return to the starting lineup, and Detroit ended its eight-game losing streak with a victory.

Rodney Stuckey had 22 points and Tayshaun Prince added 17 for the Pistons, who snapped their longest losing streak in 14 seasons. Rasheed Wallace, who was fined $25,000 by the league earlier Friday for his actions after an ejection Wednesday night, finished with six points.

Dwight Howard had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Rafer Alston scored 14 for the Magic, who fell again to a Pistons team that has knocked them out of the playoffs the last two seasons.

Wizards 113, Bulls 90

WASHINGTON — Stretching every bit of his 7-foot-6 wingspan, JaVale McGee rose high above the rim to slam in Caron Butler’s alley-oop pass, then raised his hand to his forehead and saluted one particular front-row spectator: President Barack Obama.

With the Hoopster-in-Chief at courtside — the first president in nearly a decade to make the mile-or-so jaunt over from the White House to attend an NBA game — McGee, Butler and the rest of the last-place Washington embarrassed Obama’s hometown team.

For the first time all season, the Wizards had eight double-figure scorers, and Antawn Jamison led the way with 27 points and 11 rebounds. John Salmons scored 25 for Chicago, but no one else added more than 11.

Hawks 91, Heat 83

ATLANTA — Joe Johnson scored 24 points and Al Horford added 21 points and a career-high 22 rebounds in helping Atlanta to a win over Miami.

The Hawks, who had lost three straight and four of five on a recent West Coast trip, also got 14 points from Josh Smith, 13 from Marvin Williams and 12 from Flip Murray.

Michael Beasley led Miami with 23 points, 16 in the fourth period, and 21 from Dwyane Wade.

Celtics 104, Pacers 99

BOSTON — Newly acquired backup Stephon Marbury scored six points during a 9-0 fourth-quarter run, Ray Allen added 30 points and Rajon Rondo matched his career high with 17 assists as Boston beat Indiana.

Marbury finished with eight points and two assists just hours after clearing waivers and signing with the Celtics for their push toward the playoffs and a try at back-to-back NBA titles.

After receiving a standing ovation, Marbury quickly sank his first shot — his first points since Jan. 11, 2008.

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