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Magic players hit hard by stomach virus

MILWAUKEE — A stomach virus forced the Magic to send home two players just as two others rejoined the team.

Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick took a flight back to Orlando before Saturday night's late game against Milwaukee because of the illness. Dwight Howard and Mickael Pietrus returned before the Magic played in Detroit on Friday.

Nelson and Redick were slated to visit team physician Vince Wilson on Saturday night.

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said he had never seen so many players from one team ill at the same time.

"Normally, it seems like you'd get one guy, two guys at a time, and maybe over time it runs through the team a little bit," he said. "We were all hit with this from Tuesday night on. It's different. It's not something I've been through before."

Forward Ryan Anderson also is in a walking boot because of a sprained right foot and was out, leaving Orlando with eight players active against the Bucks.

"We've got good players in our locker room," Van Gundy said. "We'll have to play very well and, obviously, the fact that we're down to eight and it's the fourth (game) in five nights is not going to make it easy, but we're certainly capable."

game highlights: Chris Bosh scored 27, Dwyane Wade added 26 and the host Heat went on a late 11-0 run to beat the Hawks 89-77 for its fourth straight victory. LeBron James added 22 points and was serenaded by "Miami loves you!" chants — a response to the "Akron hates you!" cries James heard when Miami visited Cleveland on Thursday. Al Horford scored 22 on 10-for-11 shooting for Atlanta, which had a five-game winning streak snapped. Heat officials arranged for 8-year-old fan Christian Liebert, a Tampa native, and his family to attend. Liebert missed out on the Heat's preseason game in October against the Magic at the St. Pete Times Forum because it was canceled. The game was supposed to be a birthday present. … Jodie Meeks scored a career-high 26, matching Allen Iverson's arena record for points in a first quarter with 20, and the host 76ers beat the Bobcats 109-91. Meeks, who entered averaging 7.3 points, made his second career start after replacing rookie Evan Turner as a starter Friday.

No rift, james says: James said there is no lingering rift between him and former Cavaliers teammates Daniel Gibson.

Gibson told reporters in Cleveland on Friday that he was upset with James' chatting and trash-talk during Thursday's game. James and Gibson exchanged words on the court.

"Some things went on," Gibson said, "that I didn't like."

James said he has spoken with Gibson since and the two remain close friends.

James, who joked with the Cavs players throughout the game, said he did not understand the negative reaction from fans and media.

"I didn't get it, I didn't understand what they were talking about," he said.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he had no issue with James' behavior.

"I just can't believe that it's a story," Spoelstra said. "I know our players are very serious about winning. The game is different than it was in the '80s, the '90s. I don't really see a problem with the guys before the game shaking hands. Even if we have a problem with it, that's just the nature of this game."

Around the league: The Grizzlies waived guard Acie Law, who signed in August and played in 11 of the first 20 games. He shot 3-for-19, missing all six 3-pointers. … Lakers center Andrew Bynum, recovering from right knee surgery, showed progress by playing in a five-on-five fullcourt scrimmage.

Heat 89, Hawks 77

ATLANTA (77): Williams 2-9 0-0 5, Smith 4-12 1-2 11, Horford 10-11 2-4 22, Bibby 4-10 0-0 10, Evans 1-6 2-2 4, Ja.Crawford 6-16 0-0 12, Teague 0-1 0-0 0, Wilkins 0-2 0-0 0, Powell 5-10 2-2 12, Pachulia 0-3 0-0 0, Collins 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 32-80 8-12 77.

MIAMI (89): James 5-11 11-13 22, Bosh 12-22 3-4 27, Ilgauskas 0-4 0-0 0, Arroyo 1-4 0-0 2, Wade 11-18 4-6 26, Chalmers 4-10 0-0 9, Jones 1-2 0-0 3, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0, Howard 0-1 0-0 0, Dampier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-72 18-23 89.

Atlanta 15 21 25 16— 77

Miami 26 24 13 26— 89

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 5-17 (Smith 2-2, Bibby 2-4, Williams 1-4, Evans 0-2, Ja.Crawford 0-5), Miami 3-8 (James 1-1, Jones 1-2, Chalmers 1-3, Wade 0-1, Arroyo 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 49 (Horford 9), Miami 46 (Wade, Bosh 10). AssistsAtlanta 16 (Bibby 6), Miami 15 (James, Chalmers 4). Total FoulsAtlanta 17, Miami 16. TechnicalsBibby. A19,600 (19,600).

76ers 109, Bobcats 91

CHARLOTTE (91): Wallace 3-10 2-4 8, Diaw 7-12 3-4 19, Mohammed 1-5 0-0 2, Augustin 5-12 0-0 12, Jackson 6-16 5-5 18, Thomas 1-4 0-0 2, Livingston 2-5 2-2 6, McGuire 1-2 2-3 4, K.Brown 4-6 4-5 12, D.Brown 1-1 0-0 2, Carroll 1-2 1-2 3, Collins 1-2 1-1 3. Totals 33-77 20-26 91.

PHILADELPHIA (109): Iguodala 5-10 4-5 15, Brand 7-11 1-1 15, Hawes 3-5 0-0 6, Holiday 6-11 0-0 15, Meeks 9-16 1-2 26, Young 8-11 4-4 20, Turner 0-1 0-0 0, Nocioni 1-6 0-0 2, Speights 1-3 0-0 2, Williams 1-5 6-7 8. Totals 41-79 16-19 109.

Charlotte 16 29 22 24— 91

Philadelphia 32 24 29 24— 109

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 5-15 (Diaw 2-4, Augustin 2-4, Jackson 1-5, Thomas 0-1, Wallace 0-1), Philadelphia 11-21 (Meeks 7-10, Holiday 3-4, Iguodala 1-3, Nocioni 0-2, Williams 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCharlotte 44 (K.Brown 7), Philadelphia 47 (Brand 10). AssistsCharlotte 16 (Diaw 6), Philadelphia 23 (Iguodala, Holiday 7). Total FoulsCharlotte 18, Philadelphia 26. TechnicalsThomas, Wallace, Nocioni, Philadelphia defensive three second 2. A14,611 (20,318).

Magic players hit hard by stomach virus 12/04/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 4, 2010 10:42pm]
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