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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Magic Win Again Over Suns 111-102

From Sportsline.com:

All of a sudden, the Orlando Magic are unbeatable at home.

Orlando limited Phoenix, the NBA's highest-scoring team, to just two points in the final 4:48, allowing the Magic to pull away to a 111-102 victory.

It was the seventh consecutive home victory for Orlando, which started the season just 5-9 on its own court. Hedo Turkoglu led the Magic with 30 points -- including 10 in the final 6:12 when Orlando broke a 95-all tie.

Dwight Howard added 22 points and 12 rebounds while Steve Francis had 15 points, six assists and six rebounds as Orlando notched its fourth consecutive win overall, tying a season high. Keyon Dooling, playing for the first time after a five-game suspension for fighting, had 10 points in a reserve role.

"Home wins are huge, no doubt about it," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "We got excellent contributions from everybody at some point in the game and I was obviously pleased with our defense at the end. Phoenix is a tough team to defend."

Turkoglu, who is averaging 25.3 points in his last three games after scoring just 12.1 in the first 36, credited teammates for his performance. He hit 12 of 17 shots and put the Suns away with a mixture of jumpers and driving layups in the final six minutes.

"I was feeling good, but it was teamwork that made it happen tonight," Turkoglu said. "We helped each other all night. We executed well, we knew who was hot, we just put it all together."


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