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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Magic Lose Again to Kings 100-104



From Sportsline.com:

Jameer Nelson scored 12 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter for the Magic, who pulled within 90-86 on Travis Diener's 3-pointer with 3:44 left. Miller beat the shot clock with his 3-pointer to put Sacramento up by eight, but the Magic eventually cut the lead to 96-94 on Diener's next 3-pointer and another by Hedo Turkoglu with 20 seconds left.

But Kevin Martin, Miller and Bibby were perfect on eight free throws in the final 19 seconds, and Nelson's six points in the frantic final moments weren't enough.

"When you think he's not in the play, he's in the play," Nelson said of Bibby. "He's always moving. Great player. Mike is a tough guy to play. I'm a young guy. I'm still learning."

Bibby surpassed his previous career high, set last season against New York. Martin matched his career high with 22 points and a career-best 10 rebounds for the Kings, who played without injured starters Peja Stojakovic, Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Bonzi Wells.

Grant Hill scored 18 points in his return from a four-game absence with a groin injury for the Magic, whose personnel shortages are due to suspensions, not injuries. Hill then sat out the final minutes after getting tangled up with Martin.

"Right now, I'm just worried about getting my clothes on," Hill said, visibly grimacing in the locker room. "I'm not sure where it hurts. It just hurts."

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