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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Magic Beat Knicks 105-90



From Sportsline.com:

Hedo Turkoglu gladly went back to the bench so Grant Hill could start his first game of the season.

Then Turkoglu and Pat Garrity gladly took advantage of all the room the New York Knicks were giving them to shoot.

Turkoglu scored 18 points, Garrity added a season-high 17, and the duo combined for nine of Orlando's 11 3-pointers in a 105-90 victory over the Knicks on Tuesday night.

"They had like miscommunication out there. They didn't help each other," Turkoglu said. "They left really good shooters, Pat and me, they left us really, really open all the time. I think they have a bunch of young guys there and they're still learning, so that's why they messed it up. You can't leave guys who are making shots in a row like that, you have to do something."

Hill added a 3-pointer during the decisive second quarter in his season debut. Dwight Howard led the Magic with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

Hill missed Orlando's first 19 games following surgery for a sports hernia on Oct. 31. He started and scored seven points in 22 minutes, and was on the floor late in the second quarter when the Magic took control for good.

"It was fun to be out there," said Hill, who's been beset by injuries in six seasons with Orlando. "It was good to get the win. I thought our team played pretty well."

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