Gilbert Arenas found a handwritten note on his chair in the locker room Thursday 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, 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 orchestrating 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 fastbreak points.