Orlando Magic Team Report – November 18
=== Orlando Magic Team Report – November 18 ===
(Sports Network) – Steve Francis poured in a season-high 33 points, handed
out 11 assists and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic past the
Utah Jazz, 107-92, at TD Waterhouse Centre.
Grant Hill chipped in a season-high 32 points to go along with five boards and
five assists for Orlando, which remained unbeaten at home this season (4-0).
Francis and Hill combined to shoot 24-of-34 from the floor.
Hedo Turkoglu scored 12 points and Dwight Howard pulled down 10 rebounds for
the Magic, who outscored the Jazz 36-17 in the fourth quarter.
Mehmet Okur’s three-point play with 8:31 left in the fourth quarter gave Utah
an 80-76 lead.
Orlando then responded with an 18-4 burst to grab a 94-84 advantage with 3:14
remaining. Francis scored 10 points and Hill added six during the run
After Andrei Kirilenko scored on a follow-up for the Jazz, DeShawn Stevenson
converted a three-point play and Francis followed with a jumper from the
corner to stake the Magic to a commanding 99-86 lead with just 1:58 left.
The margin reached as many as 17 at 107-90 in the closing seconds.
It was Hill’s first 30-point game since 2000.
On the injury front, center Kelvin Cato made his first appearance in four
games since spraining his right ankle and finished with nine points, six
rebounds and three blocks. Meanwhile, Magic guard Cuttino Mobley missed his
fourth straight game with a strained groin.
Orlando returns to action on Saturday on the road against Indiana.