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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Magic Lose Again to Heat 100-110

From Sportsline.com:

Orlando trailed by 21 at the end of the third quarter, and by 29 into the fourth, but used an 11-point run to close within six with 2:13 left. Gary Payton then hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:55 remaining -- and another from the same spot with 48.8 seconds left -- and Wade hit several free throws to help seal the victory.

"We missed some shots and didn't execute the way we're capable of executing, and the next thing you know they just crept back in it," Walker said. "You have to give them credit. Any team on a losing streak, if they got any pride in themselves, they're going to fight back, and they fought back and made it interesting down the stretch."

The Southeast Division-leading Heat coast into the All-Star break with a 32-20 record and good prospects for the rest of the regular season.

Orlando has now lost 10 of its past 11 games, entering the break with a 19-32 record and very little chance of making the postseason.

"We've just got to get everybody on the same page here. It's a disappointing first half to the All-Star break," Magic coach Brian Hill said.

All Orlando starters scored in double figures, led by Howard and Tony Battie with 16. Hedo Turkoglu and DeShawn Stevenson each scored 14, while Steve Francis added 12 points and six assists.

Grant Hill had seven points in 14 minutes, coming off the bench for the third straight game after missing 13 while recovering from a sports hernia.


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