A late whistle

The NBA yesterday rescinded a technical foul on Orlando's Dwight Howard and assessed a flagrant foul on Indiana's Troy Murphy after the two got tangled up in the Magic's win Monday night.

Murphy had fouled Howard hard around the neck and shoulders to prevent the 6-foot-11, 275-pound center from making a dunk. Magic general manager Otis Smith had asked the league to review the play.

Howard doesn't believe Murphy's flagrant foul will change anything.

"It's not going to happen," he said. "They're going to continue to hit me; I just have to not get frustrated and continue to play."

Bender's not ready

Jonathan Bender's return to the NBA after being sidelined for more than three years with a serious right knee injury is still on hold.

New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni deactivated the 7-footer for last night's game against Charlotte and said he likely wouldn't play tomorrow in Chicago, either.

Arena boom

Wall Street investors quickly bought up $511 million in tax-free bonds that went on sale to pay for part of the new arena in Brooklyn that will house the New Jersey Nets beginning in 2011.

- Associated Press