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Friday, February 10, 2006

Magic Lose to Pistons 73-84



From Sportsline.com:

The Orlando Magic could have used a few All-Stars of their own Friday night. Instead, they were all playing for the other team.

Rasheed Wallace scored 26 points and Richard Hamilton added 23 as the Detroit Pistons cruised to an 84-73 victory.

Chauncey Billups had 11 points and 14 assists, while Ben Wallace contributed 10 rebounds for the Pistons. A night earlier, those players made Detroit the first team with four All-Stars since the Lakers in 1998.

Dwight Howard led Orlando with 19 points and 17 rebounds, while Hedo Turkoglu added 17 points.

Detroit pulled away with a 14-2 third-quarter run fueled by several jumpers by Rasheed Wallace and some Orlando mistakes. After turning the ball over seven times in the first half, the Magic gave it away eight times in the third.

"When you're playing a good team like that, you've got to take care of the basketball," Magic guard Keyon Dooling said.

Orlando didn't score for the first 5:14 of the fourth quarter, when Dooling hit a 10-foot jumper. By then the Magic were down 72-56 and wouldn't recover -- though Steve Francis' layup with 1:04 remaining brought them within 10.

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