Thursday , Dec , 16 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Orlando Magic Team Report – December 16

=== Orlando Magic Team Report – December 16 ===

(Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs,
94-91, on Wednesday at the SBC Center.

Cuttino Mobley paced Orlando with 21 points. Steve Francis chipped in 20
points and nine assists for the Magic, who have dropped three straight. Grant
Hill netted 18 points in the loss.

The Spurs trailed by 10 points entering the fourth quarter, but slowly chipped
away at the deficit.

Beno Udrih’s three-pointer midway through the period pulled San Antonio within
84-83. After Francis made a layup for Orlando, the Spurs countered with a 9-2
spurt, capped by Malik Rose’s jumper, to grab a 92-88 advantage with 2:42
left.

The Magic were able to get within 94-91 on two foul shots by Francis with 32.7
seconds remaining and then got the ball back following a missed shot by
Ginobili.

On the final possession, Francis dribbled around and then forced an off-
balance three-pointer from the corner that drew nothing but air and the ball
went out of bounds as time expired.

Hill has played in 21 games this season for the Magic and is averaging 19.9
points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

Orlando returns to action on Saturday against the Denver Nuggets.

ORL