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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Magic Beat Celtics 100-91

From Sportsline.com:

The Orlando Magic are tired of being so streaky.

Dwight Howard and Steve Francis each scored 18 points, and the Magic ended a four-game skid by outplaying the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter of a 100-91 victory Saturday night.

Orlando has lost four straight, won five in a row, then lost four straight again over the last three weeks.

"I know we're not going to run the table, I just hope we can get some type of consistency going," said Francis, who added seven assists and six rebounds. "Guys are tired and banged up right now, but we've got to pay attention and lock in mentally."

Francis has had his own ups and downs this season, but is averaging 25.7 points, 6.4 assists and 5.6 rebounds in his last five games.

He hit both field goal attempts and went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the fourth period when Orlando seized control of the game. The Magic shot 73 percent (11-of-15) in the period, with Francis picking up two assists.

"Steve has played under control and yet at the same time has been aggressive at driving the basketball and creating opportunities," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "He's really played well lately."


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