Magic snap Celts' streak
Brandon Bass scored 21 points and the Orlando Magic ended the Boston Celtics' 14-game winning streak with an 86-78 victory Saturday in Orlando, Fla.
Hedo Turkoglu added 16 points, and Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick each made a jumper in the final minutes to help Orlando rally from 12 points down in the second half for back-to-back wins against the NBA's best. The Magic also ended San Antonio's 10-game winning streak earlier this week.
Elsewhere: Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton each scored 20 points, and the Knicks limited the Chicago Bulls to two baskets in the first 10 minutes of the fourth quarter, pulling away for a 103-95 victory in New York. . . . NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant had 44 points - 21 in the third quarter - and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets, 114-106, in Oklahoma City.
Let's play all day!
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy has gone from being a Scrooge about playing on Christmas to perhaps spreading a little too much holiday cheer.
Orlando was hosting Boston for the second straight year on Christmas. Van Gundy has said the Magic were hit with a "hefty" fine for his critical comments last year about playing on the holiday. He has refrained from making such remarks again.
"I have no comments at all on Christmas Day games," Van Gundy began. "I think the NBA is so important to Christmas that what we really need to do is increase from five games to 10, and we need to start them at midnight on what would have been Christmas Eve and play them all through the day so there's not a minute of Christmas Day where there's not an NBA game on TV."
The Washington Wizards suspended forward Andray Blatche and center JaVale McGee for one game for conduct detrimental to the team after the two were involved in an altercation outside an area club early Friday. The Washington Post reported that two league sources said the players cursed at each other and exchanged punches.
- Associated Press