Saturday , Jan , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Orlando Magic Team Report – January 15

=== Orlando Magic Team Report – January 15 ===

(Sports Network) – Orlando has lost two of its last three after dropping a
101-94 decision to the Detroit Pistons on Friday night at the Palace of Auburn
Hills. Steve Francis had 31 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in a
losing cause for the Magic.

Grant Hill netted 17 points in the loss in his first return to the Palace at
Auburn Hills since he forced the Pistons’ hand to trade him. Jameer Nelson
added 17 points off the bench and starting center Kelvin Cato corralled a
game-high 14 rebounds.

Recently acquired guard Doug Christie was in uniform for the game, but didn’t
play. Christie came to the Magic in a deal earlier in the week that sent
Cuttino Mobley and Michael Bradley to Sacramento. Christie should play tonight
against the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.

The Magic hit just 40 percent from the field, including only 2-of-10 (.200)
from three-point range. Orlando did muster 24-of-27 from the free throw line
in the contest.

Orlando, which will be closing out a four-game road trip tonight, is 7-12 in
foreign buildings this season.

Orlando got the best of the Pacers, 86-83, at Conseco Fieldhouse on November
20. In fact, the road team has won six of the last seven meetings in this
series. Indiana has taken eight of 12 and nine of the last 14 in this series.