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Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard, right, dunks as Charlotte Bobcats' Stephen Jackson, left, defends during the second half Saturday in Game 3. AP Photo/Chuck Burton

Magic keep Bobcats down

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Jameer Nelson scored 32 points and Orlando overcame Dwight Howard's continuing foul trouble and a loud, towel-waving crowd in Charlotte's return to the playoff stage to beat the Bobcats 90-86 and take a commanding 3-0 lead in their first-round series.

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Howard played only 26 minutes and fouled out with 3:32 left. But Nelson had a key bucket down the stretch and backup center Marcin Gortat hit two free throws with 12 seconds left to put it away.

Stephen Jackson scored 19 points, but was 6 of 18 from the field and missed a key 3-pointer in the final minute for the Bobcats.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Brandon Roy made a surprising return from knee surgery and scored 10 points, including a key 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, and the Portland Trail Blazers evened their playoff series with the Phoenix Suns at two games apiece with a 96-87 victory on Saturday.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who unexpectedly activated Roy shortly before the game, eight days after he had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- John Salmons scored 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting and Milwaukee never let up after a hot start in a victory over Atlanta in Game 3.

Atlanta still leads the series 2-1 after two double-digit victories at home, when the Bucks looked overmatched without the injured Andrew Bogut.

But veteran Kurt Thomas had eight points, 13 rebounds and four stitches, rookie Brandon Jennings added 13 points and Milwaukee proved that the Hawks may have to "Fear the Deer" after all.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kevin Durant scored 22 points, Russell Westbrook added 18 points and eight assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder evened their first-round series against the Los Angeles Lakers with a 110-89 victory in Game 4 on Saturday night.

For the second straight game, the Thunder capitalized on a significant edge at the foul line and on the boards despite the presence of the Lakers' 7-foot tandem of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

Saturday, April 24

Orlando 90, Charlotte 86, Orlando leads series 3-0

Portland 96, Phoenix 87, series tied 2-2

Milwaukee 107, Atlanta 89, Atlanta leads series 2-1

Okla City 110, L.A. 89, series tied 2-2

Sunday, April 25

Boston at Miami, noon.

Cleveland at Chicago, 2:30 p.m.

Dallas at San Antonio, 6 p.m.

Denver at Utah, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, April 26

Orlando at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Atlanta at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.

Portland at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m.

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