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Howard scores 29 as Magic takes 2-0 series lead

Dwight Howard came back from a bloody nose to finish with 29 points and 17 rebounds as the host Orlando Magic beat the Atlanta Hawks, 112-98, last night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Vince Carter had 24 points and Rashard Lewis added 20 for Orlando, which had a 19-2 run in the fourth quarter and earned its 12th straight win dating to the regular season. Howard, usually a poor free-throw shooter, was 13-for-18. Blood poured from his nose after he was inadvertently slapped in the face by Al Horford in the third quarter.

"I think he held his composure well," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "He took some hard hits on the offensive end of the floor that's led to some frustration and at times retaliation on his part. He got hit damn hard tonight, blows that would have dropped a lot of people, certainly me."

Horford had 24 points and Joe Johnson 19 for Atlanta.

Ainge fined

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge was fined $25,000 by the NBA Thursday for tossing a towel in an attempt to distract Cavaliers forward J.J. Hickson as he shot a free throw.

Ainge, who was sitting courtside under the Cavs' basket, flipped a white towel over his head during the third quarter of Monday's game. The Celtics led by 23 points at the time, and Hickson made the free throw anyway.

All-NBA first team

Howard and the Cavaliers' LeBron James are unanimous choices for the All-NBA Team. The Lakers' Kobe Bryant got 119 of a possible 122 votes from writers and broadcasters throughout North America. The Thunder's Kevin Durant and the Heat's Dwyane Wade also were first-team picks. Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, Amar'e Stoudemire, Steve Nash and Deron Williams made the second team. Tim Duncan, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bogut, Joe Johnson and Brandon Roy were third-team picks.- AP

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