Magic end Spurs' win streak at 10 games
Gilbert Arenas contributed 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 visiting Spurs' 10-game winning streak.
Arenas added six rebounds backing up a sick Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson scored 15 points, and the Magic snapped a skid of eight losses in nine games.
Nelson was so ill with a stomach ailment that he needed intravenous fluids at halftime, a team spokesman said. He started the second half but was pulled for Arenas just after a minute into the third quarter.
Dwight Howard had 29 points and 14 rebounds 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.
Under Silas, Bobcats' style will change
Paul Silas' first practice as the interim coach of the Charlotte Bobcats had one noteworthy twist. Instead of practicing with a 24-second shot clock, the Bobcats worked with a 14-second shot clock.
It's all part of Silas' plan to play up-tempo basketball - a stark contrast to the style of his predecessor, Larry Brown, who was fired Wednesday.
"I want to bring some energy to this ball club," Silas, 67, said after being introduced as the fourth head coach in franchise history.
Mayo's father charged with attempted murder
The father of Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo was charged with attempted murder Thursday in Huntington, W.Va., after he allegedly hit a police officer with his car and dragged him for several feet.
Police said Kenneth Maurice Ziegler, 39, of Huntington put the vehicle into gear, drove into an officer, and dragged him for several feet.
Huntington attorney Jason Goad, who is representing Ziegler, declined to comment.
- Associated Press