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Friday, January 13, 2006

Magic Beat by Blazers 108-113

From Sportsline.com:

Hedo Turkoglu had 27 points for the Magic, who were missing the suspended Steve Francis. The Orlando Sentinel and Florida Today, both citing anonymous sources, said the star guard wouldn't re-enter Wednesday night's loss in Seattle after Turkoglu fouled out.

The Magic also were without Keyon Dooling, who was suspended five games by the NBA on Friday for fighting with Seattle's Ray Allen in the same game.

Dwight Howard had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic, who have lost six of seven. Jameer Nelson added 19 points and 13 assists.

"I thought our guys played outstanding," Orlando coach Brian Hill said. "We got contributions from everyone out there tonight. I'm very pleased with the way we played."

Portland led the entire fourth quarter, but Orlando stayed close behind strong post play from Howard and Turkoglu. The Magic scored 52 points in the paint, while the Blazers had 34.

The Magic cut the lead to two on Howard's follow shot with 1:50 left, but Dixon countered with a fadeaway 17-footer for Portland and then a 3-pointer from the corner to put away the game.


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