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

Hill getting healthy for Magic

(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.

The Magic split their 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.

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.

Hill also had a season-high five steals and Jameer Nelson had nine points, six
rebounds and six assists in the win.

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.