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.
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Orlando's Hedo Turkoglu drives to the basket around Washington's Gilbert Arenas on Friday.

The Associated Press
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.''
  • SUNS 128, CELTICS 119: Amare Stoudemire scored 42 points, Quentin Richardson added 23 and visiting Phoenix won its fourth straight.
    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.
  • HEAT 106, HAWKS 96: Shaquille O'Neal scored 26 points and actually made more free throws than he missed, leading visiting Miami.
    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.
  • KNICKS 99, CAVALIERS 96: Penny Hardaway showed no rust in his first game in more than three weeks, making a key jumper with 36 seconds remaining to lead host New York past short-handed Cleveland.
    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.
  • NUGGETS 106, BUCKS 100: George Karl made a triumphant return to the NBA at the expense of his former team, directing visiting Denver to a victory over Milwaukee.
    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.
  • HORNETS 99, 76ERS 95, OT: P.J. Brown scored six of his season-high 20 points in overtime and grabbed 10 rebounds, sending host New Orleans over Philadelphia.
    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.
  • TIMBERWOLVES 93, JAZZ 91: Kevin Garnett scored 25 points and made a key steal in the final minute to help host Minnesota rally for its fifth straight victory.
    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.
  • BOBCATS 101, RAPTORS 94: Kareem Rush scored 21 points and host Charlotte Bobcats finally figured out how to make foul shots in time to snap a 10-game losing streak.
    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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