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Friday, December 30, 2005

Magic Smack the Wolves Around 107-87



From Sportsline.com:

Orlando Magic coach Brian Hill knows his team's three-game winning streak is just the nature of the NBA.

The Magic beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-87 on Friday night, ending a six-game homestand 3-3. Orlando had lost nine of its last 11 before its current winning streak.

"It's funny how this league goes," Hill said. "I think if you look at the whole league from the beginning of the year until now, there have probably been six or eight teams that have gone through what were going through.

"I can't really explain it but I'm just happy about the fact that we finished out really well these last three games and there's no reason why we cant go on the road and play the same type of basketball."

Jameer Nelson scored a season-high 25 points to lead Orlando, which begins a three-game road trip Jan. 3 at Detroit. Steve Francis added 21 points and Grant Hill 17. Dwight Howard had 17 points and 12 rebounds for his 20th double-double of the season.

"I think were playing a little bit better, a little more as a team, as opposed to going one-on-one and really just trying to put the team on your back," Nelson said.

Kevin Garnett led the Timberwolves with 29 points and Wally Szczerbiak added 24. Orlando's bench outscored Minnesota 40-13 and the Magic held a 42-25 rebounding advantage.

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