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Monday, November 28, 2005

Magic Beat Celtics 87-83



From Sportsline.com:

Before the game, Doc Rivers spoke glowingly of Orlando forward Dwight Howard. A few hours later, Howard made the Celtics coach's words come true.

Jameer Nelson scored nine of his 16 points in the final 9:52 and Howard blocked Mark Blount's potential game-tying shot with 12 seconds left Monday night, helping the Magic beat the Celtics 87-83 for their fourth straight win.

Howard had 10 points and 10 rebounds, shooting just 2-for-3 from the field as he battled double teams all night. Despite his offensive struggles, he made the key defensive play.

Orlando led 83-81 when Blount took a pass in the lane, but Howard got a piece of it before the shot could be released.

"Some nights its' not going to be there for you on the offensive end," Howard said. "I knew he had to go up with it, so I just wanted to get that block."

Steve Francis led the Magic with 19 points and DeShawn Stevenson had 11. Howard was 6-for-12 from the free-throw line and had two blocks.

"He has the skill of (Tim) Duncan and the athletic ability of (Kevin) Garnett at this age," Francis said of Howard. "He's on the way up."

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