ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Gilbert Arenas had 14 points and nine assists off the bench, and the reconstructed Orlando Magic cruised past San Antonio 123-101 on Thursday night to snap the Spurs' 10-game winning streak.
Arenas added six rebounds backing up a sick Jameer Nelson, fellow newcomer Jason Richardson had 15 points and the Magic snapped a skid of eight losses in nine games to win for the first time since they orchestrated two blockbuster trades.
Dwight Howard also had 29 points and 14 rebounds in another dominant performance for Orlando, which shot 59 percent from the floor.
Tony Parker scored 16 points, Tim Duncan had 12 and the NBA-best Spurs (25-4) dropped their first game in almost a month.San Antonio looked very much like a tired team after beating Denver a night earlier and nothing like the one that has dominated the first third of the season.
HEAT 95, SUNS 83: At Phoenix, LeBron James scored 36 points, Chris Bosh had a double-double and the Heat beat the Suns to set up a Christmas Day showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers. Miami played without star guard Dwyane Wade (knee), but didn't need him the way James and Bosh slashed through Phoenix's defense.
James raised eyebrows before the game, saying it might not be such a bad thing if the "watered down" NBA were to contract. On the court, he showcased his usual fly-through-the-air flair, earning oohs and aahs from the star-studded crowd when it wasn't booing him.
Bosh chipped in 23 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Heat win their eighth road game with a big one coming up against the two-time defending champions.
BUCKS 84, KINGS 79: At Sacramento, Calif., Earl Boykins scored nine of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, rallying the Bucks to avictory over the skidding Kings.Comment on this story
The win was the second straight for the Bucks, who outscored the Kings 22-15 in the fourth period. It was the seventh straight loss for Sacramento.
Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 13 rebounds, Keyon Dooling added 14 points and John Salmons had 12 for the Bucks.
Beno Udrih had 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Kings, who shot 36 percent. Samuel Dalembert fouled out late in the fourth quarter with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Sacramento committed 25 turnovers and squandered a fourth-quarter lead for the third straight game. The Kings have lost 21 of 23 and own the NBA's worst record (5-22).