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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Magic Lose to Sonics 104-113



From Sportsline.com:

The Sonics played much of the game without Allen, who was ejected for fighting with Orlando's Keyon Dooling with 10:53 left in the second quarter.

After Jameer Nelson missed for the Magic, Allen pulled down the rebound and replays showed that he caught a glancing blow in the chin from Dooling.

At the other end, the two collided as Seattle ran a set play and Allen appeared to give Dooling a short elbow to the chest before running along the baseline. Dooling went running at Allen and pushed him to the ground. Allen stood up and tackled Dooling into the first row of seats along the sideline and onto some fans.

"You get in the heat of the battle and sometimes situations aren't handled the way they should be," Dooling said. "I think that was an example of that tonight."

The two briefly scuffled and television replays showed Dooling throwing a punch at Allen that did not connect. The two were eventually separated with Orlando's Stacey Augmon pulling Allen away from Dooling.

Underneath the stands, Dooling briefly ran toward the Sonics locker room and was seen yelling at Allen, but team officials and police kept the two apart.

Allen was not available after the game and most of his teammates deferred comment.

"Sometimes you don't think, you just react," Dooling said. "I wish I could take it back. I feel bad for the fans that participated in it and for the kids that had to see it."

Nelson led the Magic with a career-high 32 points off the bench. Hedo Turkoglu added 16, but was no match for Lewis defensively, and fouled out with 3:22 left.

"We didn't want to double-team a lot because of their perimeter shooting and Rashard was a tough matchup for us tonight," Orlando coach Brian Hill said.

DeShawn Stevenson added 15 for Orlando, which dropped its sixth consecutive road game.

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