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Horford leads Hawks over new-look Magic

Al Horford had 24 points and 11 rebounds and the host Atlanta Hawks rolled to a 91-81 win over Dwight Howard and the reconstructed Orlando Magic last night.

Al Horford had 24 points and 11 rebounds and the host Atlanta Hawks rolled to a 91-81 win over Dwight Howard and the reconstructed Orlando Magic last night.

Orlando, which hasn't had time to practice since acquiring Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu on Saturday, struggled to find an offensive flow all night.

After setting a season low with 14 points in the first quarter, the Magic were held without a field goal for the first 8 minutes of the final period. The Hawks led by 17 when Richardson finally ended the drought with Orlando's first basket of the period.

Howard had 19 points and 20 rebounds, but too little help. Jameer Nelson scored 18 points but Arenas made only two of 11 shots for 10 points. Richardson had nine points and Turkoglu eight.

"They have the same kind of team," Horford said. "They're shooters. They're the same team but with different players."

Arenas, playing as a reserve, sank a three-pointer in the first period on his first shot with the Magic but couldn't build off the strong start.

The game was the first chance for Magic coach Stan Van Gundy to have his new team together on the court since two trades on Saturday provided a dramatic facelift.

Arenas was acquired from Washington. Richardson, Turkoglu and Earl Clark were acquired from Phoenix on Saturday. The Magic lost Rashard Lewis, Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus and Marcin Gortat, plus a 2011 first-round draft pick, in the deals.

The Magic couldn't even practice before the game. Plans for a morning shootaround were scrapped because the new players had to take physicals. All passed.

Richardson and Turkoglu started. Clark did not play.

In games last night:

* At San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and the Spurs won their ninth in a row, 118-110 over the Phoenix Suns, who played undermanned again following their blockbuster trade.

Jared Dudley had 27 points for the Suns, who were still waiting to unite with trade acquisitions Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus. They're expected to be ready for Phoenix's next game Thursday against Miami.

* At Washington, the Wizards limited the Charlotte Bobcats to one field goal in the third quarter and cruised to a 108-75 victory that snapped a seven-game losing streak. Nick Young scored 21 points for the Wizards.

* At Cleveland, CJ Miles scored 22 points, Paul Millsap and Raja Bell added 19 apiece and the Utah Jazz beat the Cavaliers 101-90, moving coach Jerry Sloan into a tie with Pat Riley for the third-most wins in NBA history.

Sloan, Utah's coach since 1988, has matched Riley with 1,210 victories. Up next is Lenny Wilkens (1,332) and Don Nelson (1,335).

* At Indianapolis, Mike Dunleavy's tip-in at the buzzer gave the Indiana Pacers a 94-93 victory over the New Orleans Hornets.

Danny Granger led the Pacers with 27 points.

* At Miami, Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points, Jason Terry hit two big three-pointers in the final 2 1/2 minutes, and the Dallas Mavericks ended Miami's 12-game winning streak by beating the Heat, 98-96.

Dwyane Wade scored 22 points, while LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 19 for Miami.

* At Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers to a 106-80 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Before the game, the Bucks announced that point guard Brandon Jennings will miss 4 to 6 weeks as he recovers from surgery to repair a fracture in his left foot.


* The NBA announced its board of governors has given its anticipated approval of the purchase of the New Orleans Hornets.

Stern says the franchise is worth about $300 million and that the league will look to sell the club to a more permanent owner, preferably one that would continue to operate the team in New Orleans.