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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Magic Lose to Lakers 87-102



From Sportsline.com:

Grant Hill, obviously getting over the sports hernia problem that's dogged him, led the Magic with 23 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Hill said. "I'll just continue to work and get in better shape, continue to work with the new guys and just try to get better. It's tough out there. I'm sweating like crazy."

Dwight Howard had 15 points and nine rebounds for Orlando, losing for the ninth time in 10 games.

After a close first half, the Lakers took control with a 22-4 run over a six-minute span of the third quarter.

Mihm's 19-foot jumper gave Los Angeles a 52-48 lead and started the run. A steal by Parker that set up Odom's dunk over Howard gave the Lakers a 62-50 advantage, then Bryant's 3-pointer at the 3:18 mark of the quarter made it 72-52.

Parker had 10 points in the period to help Los Angeles outscore Orlando 38-23. The Lakers were up 82-64 heading into the fourth quarter.

"We tried to come out with some energy, especially in the third quarter, and we just got out and got some easy transitions buckets and executed our offense," Parker said.

The Magic closed to 94-85 with 4:11 remaining, but Bryant's late scoring spree kept them at bay.

Mihm led the Lakers with 10 first-half points and they were up 44-41 at the break.

Hill had 10 for Orlando, which shot 57 percent to Los Angeles' 43 percent. But the Magic turned the ball over 12 times, to the Lakers' three.

"We gave up 17 points in the first half just off our turnovers, and we just can't do that," Orlando coach Brian Hill said. "I was really disappointed in our play at the offensive end tonight - not so much because we had new people or anything like that, but just our carelessness with passing the basketball.

"When you give a team 24 points and you're just handing it to them, it's tough to win a game."

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