SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, Dec. 9
Orlando at Portland (10 p.m. EST). The Magic continue a West Coast swing with a game against the Trail Blazers, whose only loss this month is to Boston. Orlando leads the Southeast Division while Portland is keeping pace with Denver atop the Northwest.

STARS
Monday
-Dwyane Wade, Heat, scored 41 points, 10 in the final 8 1/2 minutes, to help Miami rally in the fourth quarter and beat Charlotte 100-96.
-Andris Biedrins, Warriors, had 17 points and 21 rebounds, and Golden State ended its nine-game losing skid with a 112-102 win over Oklahoma City.
-Dwight Howard, Magic, led Orlando with 23 points and 22 rebounds in a 95-88 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

MAGIC START
O.J. Mayo scored 18 points in the Grizzlies' 109-97 win over the Rockets and has scored in double figures in all 21 games of his rookie season. The last rookie to have that kind of start was Magic Johnson, who had 21 double-digit performances to open his career with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1979-80 season.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
ints and 22 rebounds - and 17th double-double of the season in the Magic's 95-88 win over the Clippers. He had 21 points and 23 boards in a victory over Oklahoma City on Friday.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
The Thunder's Kevin Durant scored a season-high 41 points in a 112-102 loss to Golden State. Durant scored 19 in the fourth quarter to help Oklahoma rally from 21 down, making consecutive 3-pointers to pull the Thunder to 105-102 with about 33 seconds left.

NEW COACH
Kevin McHale stepped down as the Minnesota Timberwolves (4-15) vice president of basketball operations on Monday, a position he has held since 1995, to become the coach after owner Glen Taylor fired Randy Wittman, who was 38-105 since taking over for Dwane Casey in January 2007. McHale picked Wittman to preside over the team's rebuilding following the trade of Kevin Garnett, but the second year of the plan has not produced results.

SKID STOPPER
Golden State beat Oklahoma 112-102 to end a nine-game losing skid. The Warriors also stopped a seven-game drought on the road.

SPEAKING
``It was just winning time.'' - Dwyane Wade after he scored 41 points, 10 in the final 8 1/2 minutes to lead Miami back from a seven-point deficit for its fourth straight win, 100-96 over the Charlotte Hornets.

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