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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Magic Come Back to Beat Bulls 97-93



From Sportsline.com:

To Keyon Dooling, the playoffs are more than just wishful thinking. They're a realistic possibility for the Orlando Magic.

"We're definitely going to try to crash in on it," Dooling said. "We've seen some crazy things happen."

And Tuesday's 97-93 victory over the Chicago Bulls only strengthened his belief.

Jameer Nelson scored 24 points, Hedo Turkoglu hit two key jumpers in the closing minutes, and the Magic wiped out an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter on their way to their fourth straight victory.

Ninth-place Chicago (31-40) trails Philadelphia by two games for the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot and has two games left with the 76ers. The 11th-place Magic (28-43) remain a long shot to reach the postseason, after pulling within a game of Boston and three of Chicago.

"We didn't have a realistic shot a few weeks ago," Turkoglu said. "But if you look at it now, we're a few games behind."

The Magic simply choked out the Bulls in the fourth quarter, holding Chicago to 3-of-21 shooting and forcing five turnovers. Andres Nocioni was 2-for-2 in the quarter, but the only other field goal was Ben Gordon's 3 that made it a one-point game with 51 seconds left.

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