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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Magic Beat Up by Bulls 102-93

From Sportsline.com:

Dwight Howard had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, who have lost five straight by an average of 17 points.

Steve Francis returned after missing three games because of a bruised chest and scored 16 points, but also had six of Orlando's season-high 23 turnovers before fouling out with 1:36 left.

"A very discouraging loss," Orlando coach Brian Hill said.

"I thought we played pretty decent basketball in the first half, but we still had way too many turnovers. As long as we continue to the turn the ball over at the rate we're turning it over, we're not going to improve."

Chicago trailed 51-44 at the half, but began the third quarter with a 10-0 run to take control of the game. Pargo made three 3-pointers and scored 11 points during a 20-9 surge that put the Bulls ahead 79-68 heading into the fourth quarter.

Michael Sweetney scored 12 points and Ben Gordon and Andres Nocioni finished with 11 apiece for Chicago, which beat Orlando for the second time in eight days and fifth straight time overall. The Bulls' reserves outscored the Magic's 59-24.

Tony Battie scored 14 points and Hedo Turkoglu had 12 for Orlando. Jameer Nelson and DeShawn Stevenson each added 10.


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