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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Magic Lose to Rockets 84-89



From Sportsline.com:

Dwight Howard finished with just seven points and nine rebounds.

Rafer Alston had 13 points and 10 assists and Juwan Howard added 12 points and five rebounds for Houston.

Leading 44-39 at the half, Houston pulled away in the third quarter with a 16-4 run, led by a hook shot, turnaround jumper and several free throws from Yao.

The Rockets extended the lead to 74-54 before Orlando used a 22-6 run to close within four on Arroyo's two free throws with 1:51 left. Yao converted two free throws before Turkoglu hit a 3-pointer with 1:21 remaining to make it 82-79, but the Magic could get no closer.

"I think we lose concentration at the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth quarter -- think the game is done," Yao said. "In this league, nothing is easy."

Juwan Howard made a jumper and McGrady added two free throws to extend the lead back to seven with 22 seconds left.

"When you get down 20 points to a team like Houston, it is difficult because of the way they can control the tempo of the game," Magic coach Brian Hill said.

It was the Magic's 13th loss in 15 games, and the Rockets' 10th win in their last 12. Orlando had lost eight in a row before beating Seattle at home Friday night.

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