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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Magic Beat Wizards 106-98



From Sportsline.com:

Steve Francis was back and well-behaved.

Francis had 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in his first game back from a two-game suspension to lead the Orlando Magic over the Washington Wizards 106-98 on Wednesday night.

The guard was suspended by the team for refusing to re-enter a blowout game late in the fourth quarter. He came off the bench against the Wizards for the third time in his six-year NBA career.

"That's something that's way out of my control," Francis said of his reserve role. "So I just have to do what I can do when I come in."

He entered with 4:01 left in the first quarter to a mixed reaction from the crowd. Two minutes later, his no-look, behind-the-back pass on a fast break for a Hedo Turkoglu dunk put the crowd back on his side.

"After a week of not playing, just shooting by myself, it was good to get out on the court with my teammates and play well," Francis said.

Francis was scoring a team-high 18 points a game at the end of 2005, but hit a wall in January. In his last six games, he was averaging 11.5 points on 37.5 percent shooting, with 25 assists and 30 turnovers.

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