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Magic deals for Arenas, Turkoglu

ORLANDO — So much for another tweak.

A rough patch early this season was enough to convince Magic president Otis Smith that perhaps the team wasn't good enough to contend in the Eastern Conference after all.

So Saturday, Orlando acquired troubled guard Gilbert Arenas from the Wizards and Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson from the Suns in a major roster shakeup.

The Magic sent forward Rashard Lewis to Washington and Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus and Marcin Gortat to Phoenix in a separate trade. Orlando also received Earl Clark from the Suns.

"We needed a little bit more punch," Smith said. "All those guys coming in have an ability to move the ball. After looking at our team through 25 games, we were missing a little something. I thought change was needed."

The overhaul was major for a franchise that began the season believing it had all the pieces for its first championship.

Instead, Orlando has lost six of seven, including Saturday's stunning 97-89 home loss to the 76ers.

The Magic's slide is magnified by Miami and Boston, which are both on 12-game winning streaks after the Heat's victory Saturday.

The trades left the Magic with just eight players against visiting Philadelphia, which got 24 points from Lou Williams and 21 from Andre Iguodala for just its second win against a team that currently has a winning record.

The game was the first of eight straight on the road for the Sixers. Their grueling trip will cover some 9,300 miles, and they won't play again in Philadelphia until Jan. 5.

The Magic, after losing to the Lakers in the NBA Finals in the 2008-09 season, parted with Turkoglu — a fan favorite who went to Toronto — and traded with New Jersey to get Carter. But the Daytona Beach native struggled mightily in Orlando's disappointing exit in the East final last season to Boston.

An early season skid forced Smith to reverse course.

"I don't think it's admitting a mistake," he said. "I don't regret breaking up the finals team. I think it was the right decision at the time."

Turkoglu struggled last season with the Raptors and underachieved this season with the Suns.

"Why he has struggled or whatever, I don't know," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy told the Orlando Sentinel. "I know that he's 6-10 with skills, and his skills have not eroded, I know that."

Meanwhile, the Wizards have only three players — Nick Young, Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee — left from one year ago.

"We were just talking about that, me and JaVale," Young said. "When I came in, we made the playoffs my first year. We had a good team that had been together for a while, and to see it all leave over the years I've been here — it's crazy."

NO OBAMA: President Barack Obama canceled plans to attend the Heat-Wizards game in Washington, with Secret Service agents abruptly leaving the arena hours before tipoff.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: LeBron James and Chris Bosh got away with contact on Kirk Hinrich on a potential winning layup, letting the visiting Heat escape with a 95-94 win over the Wizards, who were without Arenas after his trade and also without injured rookie John Wall. Dwyane Wade made two free throws with 7.9 seconds left to give the Heat its only lead of the fourth quarter. That came after Hinrich made one of two with 13 seconds to go. James had 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists, shooting 9-for-19 with two jump-shot air balls in the second half. … Mo Williams scored 23, including the tying basket late in regulation and six in overtime, and the host Cavaliers snapped a 10-game skid, 109-102 over the Knicks.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Cavaliers forward Joey Graham, a former Brandon High star, will miss 2-3 weeks with a partial tear in his right quad, and forward Leon Powe (finger) is out at least a week. … Nuggets coach George Karl and Trail Blazers guard Andre Miller were fined $25,000; Karl for comments about officiating and Miller for throwing a ball in the stands. … The league suspended Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay one game without pay after a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter of Friday's game against Houston. … Kings forward Jason Thompson (right ring finger) will miss three games.

76ers 97, Magic 89

PHILADELPHIA (97): Iguodala 8-15 3-4 21, Brand 8-14 4-5 20, Hawes 1-7 0-0 2, Holiday 2-7 1-2 5, Meeks 3-6 3-3 9, L.Williams 5-9 13-14 24, Young 2-5 1-2 5, Speights 3-7 1-1 7, Turner 1-5 0-0 2, Nocioni 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 34-77 26-31 97.

ORLANDO (89): Q.Richardson 3-9 0-0 6, Bass 8-19 2-2 18, Howard 8-18 10-17 26, Nelson 7-16 1-1 17, Redick 4-10 0-1 9, Allen 2-7 0-0 4, J.Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Duhon 4-6 1-1 9. Totals 36-87 14-22 89.

Philadelphia 20 20 31 26— 97

Orlando 21 18 25 25— 89

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 3-11 (Iguodala 2-4, L.Williams 1-2, Hawes 0-1, Nocioni 0-1, Meeks 0-3), Orlando 3-15 (Nelson 2-5, Redick 1-3, J.Williams 0-1, Duhon 0-2, Q.Richardson 0-4). Fouled OutHawes. ReboundsPhiladelphia 45 (Brand 13), Orlando 62 (Howard 20). AssistsPhiladelphia 18 (Iguodala 7), Orlando 19 (Nelson 9). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 20, Orlando 23. TechnicalsIguodala, Orlando Coach Van Gundy, Orlando defensive three second. A18,846 (18,500).

Heat 95, Wizards 94

MIAMI (95): James 9-19 11-12 32, Bosh 6-10 7-10 20, Ilgauskas 2-3 0-0 4, Arroyo 1-5 0-0 2, Wade 7-19 4-6 20, Dampier 1-2 0-0 2, Ju.Howard 2-4 0-0 4, Jones 0-2 2-2 2, Chalmers 3-7 0-0 8, House 0-0 0-0 0, Anthony 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 31-72 25-32 95.

WASHINGTON (94): Thornton 4-8 2-2 10, Blatche 8-21 4-6 20, McGee 2-7 1-2 5, Hinrich 4-16 5-6 13, Young 13-23 2-2 30, Jo.Howard 5-9 3-6 13, Armstrong 0-1 1-2 1, Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Booker 1-2 0-0 2, Gee 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-87 18-26 94.

Miami 19 27 26 23— 95

Washington 25 22 27 20— 94

3-Point GoalsMiami 8-22 (James 3-7, Wade 2-5, Chalmers 2-5, Bosh 1-1, Jones 0-2, Arroyo 0-2), Washington 2-9 (Young 2-2, McGee 0-1, Jo.Howard 0-2, Hinrich 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 53 (Bosh 9), Washington 53 (Blatche 12). AssistsMiami 18 (James 6), Washington 22 (Hinrich 12). Total FoulsMiami 20, Washington 23. A20,278 (20,173).

Cavaliers 109, Knicks 102 OT

NEW YORK (102): Chandler 5-14 1-2 13, Gallinari 3-14 0-0 7, Stoudemire 8-19 6-6 23, Felton 9-19 2-2 23, Fields 5-8 0-0 11, Douglas 3-11 0-0 7, Turiaf 2-4 2-2 6, S.Williams 4-6 2-2 12. Totals 39-95 13-14 102.

CLEVELAND (109): Parker 5-9 5-7 17, Jamison 8-16 4-6 21, Varejao 7-13 0-0 14, M.Williams 9-21 2-2 23, Gibson 4-20 0-0 11, Sessions 4-10 4-5 12, Hickson 4-7 0-0 8, Moon 1-5 0-0 3, J.Williams 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 42-102 15-20 109.

New York 27 25 22 19 9— 102

Cleveland 21 28 25 19 16— 109

3-Point GoalsNew York 11-34 (Felton 3-7, S.Williams 2-3, Chandler 2-6, Stoudemire 1-1, Fields 1-2, Douglas 1-5, Gallinari 1-10), Cleveland 10-27 (M.Williams 3-8, Gibson 3-8, Parker 2-3, Moon 1-3, Jamison 1-4, J.Williams 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 58 (Stoudemire 11), Cleveland 64 (Varejao 17). AssistsNew York 22 (Felton 11), Cleveland 28 (M.Williams 14). Total FoulsNew York 20, Cleveland 11. A20,562 (20,562).

.FAST FACTS

Magic deals

The Magic's trades with the Wizards and the Suns:

Trade with Wizards

Magic receives Magic loses

Pos, Name, Age (Height) Pos, Name, Age (Height)

G, Gilbert Arenas, 28 (6-4) F, Rashard Lewis, 31 (6-10)

Trade with Suns *

Magic receives Magic loses

F, Hedo Turkoglu, 31 (6-10) F, Vince Carter, 33 (6-6)

G, Jason Richardson, 29 (6-6) F, Mickael Pietrus, 28 (6-6)

F/C, Earl Clark, 22 (6-10) C/F, Marcin Gortat, 26 (6-11)

* Magic also sends Suns a future first-round pick and cash

Magic deals for Arenas, Turkoglu 12/18/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 18, 2010 10:48pm]

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