Streaking Magic knock out Suns


Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
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Hedo Turkoglu led the Magic with 30 points in a 111-102 win.

The Associated Press
ORLANDO - Hedo Turkoglu scored 30 points and the Orlando Magic limited Phoenix to just one basket in final 4:48 of a 111-102 victory over the tired Suns on Tuesday night.
Turkoglu hit an 18-foot jumper with 6:12 left in the game to break at 95-all tie and had eight more points down the stretch to help Orlando gain control of a see-saw game.
Dwight Howard added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic, who matched their season-high with a fourth consecutive victory. Steve Francis had 15 points and six assists.
Shawn Marion led Phoenix with 26 points and 16 rebounds, but the Suns' only points in the final stretch came on a meaningless layup by Steve Nash with 10 seconds left. Nash finished with 22 points and 12 assists for Phoenix, which was coming off a 152-149 double-overtime loss against Seattle two nights earlier.
Pat Garrity hit four of five shots in the second quarter, capped by a 3-pointer with 1:40 left to help the Magic build a 55-45 lead - their biggest of the game.
Raja Bell countered with a 3 at the other end and Phoenix went on to cut its deficit to 58-53 at the half.
The Suns cut the Magic's lead to 84-83 by the end of the third quarter and took the lead for the first time since early in the game, 91-90 on a layup by Leandro Barbosa with 8:31 left in the fourth.
Orlando regained the advantage on rookie Travis Diener's second 3 of the game, for a 95-93 lead with 6:48 to play. That set the stage for Turkoglu's offense and the Magic's defense to finish off the game.
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