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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Magic Earn 1st Win in Houston



Steve Francis didn't have to say how happy he was after leading the Orlando Magic to a victory over his former team.

His smile said it for him.

Francis scored 27 points and had two assists to Jameer Nelson in the final two minutes Tuesday night as the Magic won for the first time in four games, a 76-74 win over the Houston Rockets.

"It doesn't matter where we got it," Francis said. "We just had to have a win. It didn't matter if it was here or at home."

Yeah, right.

Francis played for the Rockets from 1999-2004 and then was traded in June 2004 in a blockbuster deal that brought Tracy McGrady to Houston. With McGrady out three weeks with a back injury, the stage belonged to Francis at the Toyota Center.

He was booed when he was introduced and almost every time he touched the ball, but shook off the jeers to shoot 12-of-26 from the field.

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