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Monday, February 06, 2006

Magic Lose to Wizards 82-94



From Sportsline.com:

The Magic were good fodder for the occasion. Steve Francis (five points) and Hedo Turkoglu (four) each had season-lows in points. DeShawn Stevenson scored 20 points, Dwight Howard had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Keyon Dooling had 16 points for the Magic, who have lost five of six.

"Once I didn't get in the groove early, it was kind of hard to pick it up," said Francis, returning to the area where he starred at the University of Maryland. "It was a tough game, man. I would think that I would come in and have, like, 70, but it was the complete opposite."

Orlando outshot the Wizards 47 percent to 42 percent, but had 18 turnovers. The Magic beat the Wizards twice earlier this season, but a key player in both victories, Jameer Nelson, is out with a sprained foot.

The Wizards got key contributions from three role players. Awvee Storey made his first career start in place of Jared Jeffries, who sat out with a bruised back. Donell Taylor went 4-for-4 and scored 10 points in the second quarter, and Michael Ruffin played solid defense in the fourth.

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