Friday , Jan , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Orlando Magic Team Report – January 28

=== Orlando Magic Team Report – January 28 ===

(Sports Network) – The Magic will try to get back on the winning track this
evening, when they tangle with the Washington Wizards in the front end of a
home-and-home at TD Waterhouse Centre.

Orlando, meanwhile, has lost two straight games. On Tuesday the Magic dropped
a 95-83 contest in Memphis. Steve Francis and Grant Hill led the way with 18
points for Orlando, which has dropped three of its last four overall. Jameer
Nelson contributed 17 points in 23 minutes off the bench in the losing effort.

The Magic were outscored by an 18-4 margin in the final 4:05 of Tuesday’s
game, and lost the fourth quarter as a whole, 32-19.

The Magic enter Friday’s action tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference with
the Chicago Bulls.

Orlando has won five of its last six at home.

Washington defeated Orlando, 106-96, at the MCI Center on November 10 to snap
a four-game series losing streak. The Wizards have lost five straight in
central Florida.

The Magic is eighth in the league in scoring (100.9 ppg), while ranking 28th
in points allowed (100.4 ppg). Meanwhile, Orlando sits 12th in the league in
field goal percentage and 14th in opponents’ field goal percentage (.442).
What has hurt Orlando is its propensity to commit turnovers, as it is 26th in
the league in miscues (15.2 turnovers per contest).

Orlando heads to Washington D.C. to face the Wizards on Saturday evening. The
Magic will then have a day off before starting their week against Atlanta at
Philips Arena on Monday.