Arenas, Orlando rout San Antonio

ORLANDO, Fla. — 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."

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.

"For a team that hasn't practiced yet, really, to go out there and perform the way we did just shows how much talent we have in this room," Arenas said. "A month from now, we should be dangerous."

Tony Parker scored 16 points, Tim Duncan had 12 and the NBA-best Spurs (25-4) dropped their first game in almost a month. San Antonio looked very much like a tired team after beating Denver a night earlier and nothing like the one that has dominated the first third of the season.

Heat 95, Suns 83

At Phoenix, LeBron James scored 36 points, Chris Bosh had a double-double and Miami beat Phoenix to set up a Christmas Day showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Heat played without star guard Dwyane Wade (knee), but didn't need him the way James and Bosh slashed through Phoenix's defense.

Bosh chipped in 23 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Heat win their eighth road game with a big one coming up against the two-time defending champions.

Bucks 84, Kings 79

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

The win was the second straight for the Bucks without starting point guard Brandon Jennings, who underwent foot surgery Monday and will miss four to six weeks.

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