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Friday, February 03, 2006

Magic Lose to Hawks 94-96

From Sportsline.com:

Hedo Turkoglu, who had 15 points, made the free throw for the technical foul, but Battie missed both free throws, leaving Atlanta with a 93-92 lead.

After Johnson missed a shot near the basket, Al Harrington rebounded the miss for Atlanta. Lue made one free throw with 19 seconds left for a 94-92 lead. Steve Francis then made two free throws with 11 seconds left to tie it.

Francis had 30 points and eight assists and Dwight Howard added 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, who held a 45-43 rebounding edge but surrendered 20 offensive rebounds to the Hawks. Battie had nine points and 13 rebounds but made only one of four free throws.

"They were able to get the offensive rebounds," Francis said. "That killed us. They got second shots."

Harrington had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta, which recently moved past last-place Charlotte in the Southeast Division.

"This is not the end of it," Johnson said of the winning streak. "We want to keep adding to it and make the game fun."

Orlando has been going through a similar rebuilding process after a 21-win season in 2003-04. It improved to 36 wins last season but lost its fourth straight Friday night.

The Magic led only 50-49 at halftime despite shooting 55 percent from the field, compared to 41.5 percent for the Hawks.

There were six ties in the third quarter, the last at 74 at the end of the period. But Orlando went almost four minutes without scoring to open the final period as Atlanta took an 80-74 lead.

The Magic pulled even for the first tie of the final period at 86-all on an inside basket by Howard with 3:02 left. Smith and Johnson answered with three-point plays as Atlanta grabbed a 92-86 advantage with 2:09 left.


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