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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Magic Win 2nd Straight 88-83

The New Orleans Hornets gave Steve Francis and the Orlando Magic too many chances and it cost them.

Francis scored 24 points, including seven in the final 2:01, to help Orlando beat New Orleans 88-83 on Wednesday night for the Hornets' first loss in Oklahoma City.

"He shot a lot of shots toward the end of game. He made a couple of them," said Hornets rookie Chris Paul. "If you shoot that much, hopefully one of them will go in."

After DeShawn Stevenson's layup gave the Magic an 79-69 lead, the Hornets came charging back, going on a 10-3 run.

Speedy Claxton, who finished with 24 points, hit back-to-back baskets and his free throw with 1:23 left pulled New Orleans within three, 82-79.

Francis put back Jameer Nelson's miss on Orlando's next possession to put the Magic back up by five. David West scored to close the gap back to 84-81 with 49.9 seconds left, but New Orleans couldn't get a stop on the other end.

Stevenson came down with the second of two Francis misses before getting fouled with 8.5 seconds left. He hit both free throws to put Orlando up 86-81. After Claxton hit a jumper in the lane with four seconds left, Francis hit two free throws to seal the win.


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