SAN ANTONIO — Dwight Howard lost perhaps his last game with the Orlando Magic, declaring before a
122-111 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night that he won’t surrender his right to become a free agent this summer.
Howard had 22 points and 12 rebounds on the eve of the NBA trade deadline, and his refusal to give the Magic the ultimate assurance he’ll be back might weaken Orlando’s hesitation to trade their superstar.
The trade deadline is 3 p.m. today.
Tony Parker had 31 points and 12 assists, and Tim Duncan had 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Spurs closed a seven-game homestand by playing host the NBA’s biggest drama.
Parker, averaging 29.8 points in his past four games, was serenaded by chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!” in the closing minutes.
LAKERS 107, HORNETS 101 (OT)
In New Orleans, Kobe Bryant scored 33 points, and Los Angeles won its fourth consecutive game and second in a row in overtime.
For the second night in a row, the Lakers climbed out of a double-digit hole in the second half to force an extra period. On Tuesday night, they came back from 17 down to win at Memphis in double-overtime.
The Hornets also led by as many as 17 late in the second quarter and 15 in the second half.
Andrew Bynum added 25 points and Pau Gasol 18 for Los Angeles.
Former Georgia Tech standout Jarrett Jack scored 30 for New Orleans.
KNICKS 121, TRAIL BLAZERS 79
In New York, Amare Stoudemire made all seven shots in the first half, Carmelo Anthony passed and shot well, and the Knicks shook off the surprising departure of coach Mike D’Antoni to rout Portland.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Gerald Wallace each scored 15 points for the Trail Blazers.
PACERS 111, 76ERS 94
In Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 20 points to help Indiana beat Philadelphia.
Evan Turner scored 21 points for the 76ers.
NETS 98, RAPTORS 84
In Newark, N.J., Kris Humphries had 16 points and a career-high 21 rebounds to lead New Jersey over Toronto.
James Johnson and Jerryd Bayless had 16 points apiece for the Raptors.
ROCKETS 107, BOBCATS 87
In Houston, Luis Scola scored 23 points, Goran Dragic had 14 points and 10 assists and Houston routed NBA-worst Charlotte.
Derrick Brown scored 15 to lead the Bobcats, who have lost 20 of 23 road games this season.
BUCKS 115, CAVALIERS 105
In Milwaukee, Drew Gooden had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists for his second career triple-double, and Milwaukee beat Cleveland.
Gooden completed the triple-double with a rebound near the end of the third quarter. Gooden also had a triple-double against the Cavaliers last April, marking the last time the Bucks had a player accomplish the feat.
Kyrie Irving had 28 points for the Cavaliers.