- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 23, 2008

From combined dispatches

Hornets 127, Mavericks 103

NEW ORLEANS First the brilliant playoff debut, then the encore.

Chris Paul had 32 points and a franchise playoff-record 17 assists, leading New Orleans to a victory over Dallas last night that gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

The old record was 15 assists, set by Muggsy Bogues in 1993.

Magic 104, Raptors 103

ORLANDO, Fla. Dwight Howard had 29 points and 20 rebounds, his second straight 20-20 game, and Orlando beat Toronto for a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Chris Bosh had 29 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto but missed a 19-footer with 1.9 seconds left that could have won the game. Jason Kapono added 20 points for the Raptors.

Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis each scored 18 for Orlando. Hedo Turkoglu made the go-ahead layup and finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.

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