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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Magic Lose to Hornets by 3



From Sportsline.com:

Hedo Turkoglu and Keyon Dooling had 22 points apiece for Orlando (3-6). Dwight Howard had 16 points and 17 rebounds for his seventh straight double-double.

"This isn't the way I thought we'd begin our season ... I'll tell you that," said Magic guard Steve Francis, who had 21 points. "I didn't think that we would consistently give games away. I didn't think that we would keep letting things slip through our hands. I don't know what to do. I don't know what's going to happen."

After Paul scored a fastbreak basket to put New Orleans ahead 90-86, Francis made it a one-point game on a 3-pointer with 1:02 left. Paul responded with his own 3 to extend the Hornets' lead to 93-89 with 41.8 seconds to go.

After a defensive stop, West hit a pair of free throws to make it 95-91 lead with 28.6 seconds remaining. Paul also hit a two free throws down the stretch.

"David West scored almost enough points for the whole team tonight," Paul said. "That is just having guys step up when we needed them to."

New Orleans converted 15 of 20 free throw attempts in the fourth. The Magic did not go to the line in the period.

"That's an interesting stat," Magic coach Brian Hill said.

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