Friday , Dec , 30 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Magic closeout homestand against Timberwolves

(Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic try to make it three straight wins this
evening when they close a six-game homestand against the Minnesota
Timberwolves at the TD Waterhouse Centre.

On Wednesday, Grant Hill had 26 points, five rebounds and four assists to lead
Orlando to a 105-95 victory over the New York Knicks. Steve Francis added 17
points and six assists for the Magic, who had lost four straight prior to
their run.

Tony Battie chipped in with 13 points and 10 boards while DeShawn Stevenson
had 14 for Orlando.

Hill, who missed the first month and a half of the season following hernia
surgery, has been the catalyst behind Orlando’s recent spurt, and is averaging
23 points in his last two games, while connecting on 19 of his last 30 shots.

Orlando, which will hit the road for three games following tonight’s tilt, is
7-9 in its arena this season.

Minnesota, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note after Wally Szczerbiak hit
12-of-18 shots and scored 30 points to lead the Timberwolves past the Seattle
SuperSonics, 108-95, on Wednesday at the Target Center.

Kevin Garnett had 26 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while Eddie Griffin
added 22 points and 12 boards for the Timberwolves, who put an end to a two-
game losing streak.

Minnesota, which will close a brief two-game road trip in Miami on Sunday, is
5-6 away from home this season.

Orlando split its two matchups with the Timberwolves last season and could
hold the advantage tonight, as the home team in this series has won seven of
the last 10 meetings. Minnesota has also lost 11 of its last 14 in Orlando.