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Suns blister Portland

| April 27, 2010 9:00 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Reserves Channing Frye and Jared Dudley broke out of their series-long shooting slumps with 20 and 19 points, respectively, and the Phoenix Suns overcame an early 14-point deficit to rout the Portland Trail Blazers 107-88 on Monday night and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Phoenix can advance to the second round by beating the Blazers in Portland on Thursday night.

Frye, who spent the previous two seasons on the Portland bench, made 3-of-5 3-pointers and grabbed eight rebounds. Dudley was 5 of 9 on 3s. The Suns’ two best 3-point shooters in the regular season, Frye and Dudley had been a combined 14 of 48 (29 percent) on 3s in the first four games of the series.

Magic 99, Bobcats 90: Dwight Howard kept collecting fouls, and visiting Orlando became the first team to advance in the NBA playoffs, by finishing off Charlotte.

Vince Carter scored 21 points, Jameer Nelson added 18 and the Magic showcased their depth and pressure shot-making in a 99-90 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night to complete a sweep of their first-round series.

Bucks 111, Hawks 104: Carlos Delfino scored 22 points with six 3-pointers and host Milwaukee pulled off its second straight playoff surprise, beating Atlanta to draw even in the first-round series.

Brandon Jennings scored 23 points and John Salmons added 22 for the Bucks, who survived a fourth-quarter surge led by Atlanta stars Joe Johnson and Josh Smith. Now the Hawks head home for Game 5, desperately needing a win to stave off a surprising challenge by a team missing its best player, injured center Andrew Bogut.

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