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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Magic Lose to Pistons 99-108



From Sportsline.com:

Detroit (25-4) overcame 22 points and 14 rebounds from Dwight Howard.

"I think we could have had a win tonight," Howard said. "Detroit stepped it up on the defensive end and won the game, but the next time, we'll know what to do."

Jameer Nelson added 18 points for the Magic (12-16) and former Pistons star Grant Hill had 15, but Orlando had its three-game winning streak snapped.

"That is a very good team," Hill said. "They've only lost one game at home. They can be beat -- anyone can be beat -- but we played them at the right time. If we had seen them two weeks ago, it might have gotten ugly."

The Pistons shot 57 percent in the first half and got 18 points from Billups, but only led 57-55 because of a rare poor defensive performance. The Magic shot 59 percent, including an 11-for-17 (65 percent) performance in the second quarter.

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