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BOBCATS: Former Houston Rockets guard Mario Elie interviewed Tuesday for Charlotte's vacant head coaching job.

Elie's agent, Tony Dutt, confirmed he met with Bobcats part-owner Michael Jordan and general manager Bernie Bickerstaff.

Elie's audition came a day after former Hornets and Cavaliers coach Paul Silas interviewed for the job.

The Bobcats are expected to interview at least a half-dozen candidates to replace Bickerstaff, who served as the expansion team's coach and GM in its first three years. Bickerstaff is staying with the team in a front office role.

Elie played 11 years in the NBA with six different teams and helped lead the Rockets to consecutive NBA titles in 1994 and '95. He's served as an assistant coach with San Antonio and Golden State. Elie did not coach last season, serving as a television analyst for the Rockets.

SPURS-NUGGETS: Robert Horry wouldn't even rank this among his best.

But his rainbow 3-pointer with 30 seconds left saved the San Antonio Spurs, whose 96-89 win over Denver on Monday night gave them a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

"It doesn't even make the top five or top 10," Horry said of his shot. "There was too much time on the clock."

To Denver, Horry's shot may have just been the series breaker. Tony Parker drove through the lane and kicked it out to Horry all alone in the right corner. Horry swished the shot as Marcus Camby, the league's defensive player of the year, ran at him.


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