Magic halt streaking Wizards
Published: Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 12:33 a.m.
ORLANDO - Hedo Turkoglu doesn't care if he's starting or coming off the bench, just as long as he's on the floor.
Turkoglu matched his career high with 31 points - 17 in the second quarter - and the Orlando Magic beat Washington 108-101 on Friday night to snap the Wizards' four-game winning streak.
The teams play again Saturday night in Washington.
After making eight straight starts, Turkoglu was in a reserve role because the Magic had lost faith in his defense. Although he made a strong case for returning to the lineup, Turkoglu said he doesn't care where his playing time comes from.
''As long as I get my minutes, I'll always feel comfortable,'' said Turkoglu, 5-for-7 on 3-pointers and 12-for-18 overall. ''Right now, I'm feeling good, confident.''
Phoenix got all of its scoring from six players. Joe Johnson and Jim Jackson scored 17, Shawn Marion added 16 and Steve Nash finished with 13 points and 15 assists.
Paul Pierce led Boston with 34 points and nine rebounds. Ricky Davis scored 19 for the Celtics, who began the day in first place in the Atlantic Division and had won five straight at home.
Shandon Anderson, taking the place of an ailing Eddie Jones, added 21 points for the Heat, who lead the Eastern Conference with a 32-13 record - including 16-8 on the road.
The hapless Hawks, the worst team in the East, lost for the fifth time in six games. Home or away, it doesn't really matter for Atlanta, which dropped to 6-17 at Phillips Arena.
Hardaway, activated from the injured list prior to the game, scored 12 points and was on the court for most of the fourth quarter as the Knicks held off the Cavs - who were without LeBron James - and snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Out of the NBA since the Bucks fired him in 2003, Karl took over the Nuggets on Thursday. Denver fired Jeff Bzdelik on Dec. 28, and Michael Cooper coached the team on an interim basis before Karl's hiring.
Dan Dickau had 19 points and a career-high 16 assists, setting up two key mid-range jumpers by Brown in overtime. Brown also hit a pair of free throws in the final minute to seal the Hornets' fourth victory in five home games.
After trailing for much of the game, the Wolves came alive late in the third quarter to erase a 16-point deficit. Eddie Griffin's follow-up dunk off Wally Szczerbiak's miss with 1:48 to go gave Minnesota the lead for good at 87-85.
Awful at the line during its skid, Charlotte made 17 of 19 attempts in winning for the first time since Jan. 5 against Minnesota. The Bobcats' only misses came in the final minute.
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