Magic rally to down Lakers, Anthony leads Knicks to another win.

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Updated: December 3, 2012

Orlando left it late but they got the job done over the misfiring Lakers, while Carmelo Anthony took New York back to the top of thee Atlantic division with a win over Phoenix.

In Dwight Howard’s first game against his former club, Arron Afflalo stole the show by netting a team-high 30 points, as the Orlando Magic upended the Los Angeles Lakers, 113-103, at Staples Center. Jameer Nelson returned to the lineup after a one-game absence and registered a double-double with 19 points and 13 assists. Glen Davis chipped in 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Nikola Vucevic donated 17 points and 12 boards for the Magic, who snapped a three-game skid. Kobe Bryant paced the Lakers with 34 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the setback, Los Angeles’ fourth in its last six games. Howard, who spent his first eight seasons in Orlando before landing in Los Angeles in a blockbuster four-team deal, tallied 21 points and 15 rebounds on Sunday, but his woeful 9-for-21 free-throw shooting plagued his new team late. The former first overall pick captured NBA Defensive Player of the Year three straight times and made the All-Star team six times during his eight-year tenure with the Magic, but his public demands for a trade forced a tumultuous and public divorce with the Magic.

Carmelo Anthony netted 34 points in the New York Knicks’ 106-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Raymond Felton tallied 23 points and seven assists, while Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 13 rebounds for New York, which has won three straight and remained unbeaten at home. Marcin Gortat had 18 points and 10 boards for the Suns, who have dropped their last three contests.

Tonight’s action hots up with Portland and Charlotte at Cleveland and Detroit respectively, Milwaukee are at New Orleans, Toronto are at Denver, a win will send the Clippers through to the top of the Pacific against Utah and Orlando look to back up their win over the Lakers when they travel to Golden State.