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Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010

Arenas shines as Magic snap Spurs' streak

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Gilbert Arenas found a handwritten note on his chair in the locker room Thursday night from Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy that read, "Go out there and play your game. Just push the ball."

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Let it out: Heat forward LeBron James reacts after a dunk against the Suns on Thursday in Phoenix. AP PHOTO

He did.

And, finally, so did the Magic.

Arenas had 14 points and nine assists off the bench, and Orlando cruised past San Antonio 123-101 to snap the Spurs' 10-game winning streak and give some promise to a remolded Magic team that had been desperately searching for a spark.

"What it does is, I think, it shows us what's possible," Van Gundy said.

Arenas added six rebounds while 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 and had a season-high 30 fast-break points.

Heat 95, Suns 83

In Phoenix, LeBron James scored 36 points to lead Miami past the Suns and set up a Christmas Day showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bucks 84, Kings 79

In Sacramento, Earl Boykins scored nine of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, rallying Milwaukee to a victory over the skidding Kings.

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