Sunday , Feb , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Magic use balanced scoring attack to down Boston

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Steve Francis had 18 points, seven assists and
six rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic over the Boston Celtics, 100-91, at TD
Waterhouse Centre.

Dwight Howard added 18 points and eight boards for the Magic, who ended a
four-game slide. Hedo Turkoglu recorded 15 points, Tony Battie had 14 and
DeShawn Stevenson tallied 12, as all five Orlando starters scored in double
figures.

“Certainly this was a much needed win, especially with both of us coming off
four-game losing streaks,” said Orlando head coach Brian Hill.

Paul Pierce had a game-high 37 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Celtics
dropped their fifth straight game. Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak added 13
points apiece for Boston, which got just 14 points from its bench.

After trailing 31-20 after one quarter, Boston rallied to draw within 48-42 at
halftime. The Celtics then continued to draw closer in the third. Even though
the team trailed the entire stanza, the Celtics ended the frame on a 9-2 burst
to cut their deficit to 71-69 going into the fourth.

Brian Scalabrine’s three-pointer in the final seconds of the third capped the
burst and got Boston to as close as it had been in a long time.

Orlando, however, began the final 12 minutes with an 11-2 surge to forge ahead
by double digits. Keyon Dooling scored the first six points of the burst,
which was capped by a Howard three-point play nearly four minutes into the
stanza.

The Celtics managed to get as close as five points, 94-89, on a Pierce bucket
with 1:50 left, but that was as close as the Magic allowed it to get.

Boston had a chance to make it a one-possession game late, but West missed a
transition layup that could have made the score 94-91 with 1:20 remaining.

“They made the plays down the stretch,” said Pierce.

Dooling ended with 10 points for the Magic, who ended a two-game slide at
home.

The Celtics have dropped six straight on the road.

Game Notes

The Magic have won 11-of-15 at home versus the Celtics…Boston’s Kendrick
Perkins had seven points, 10 rebounds and a career-high six blocks…The
Celtics fell to 4-19 on the road this season…Orlando improved to 13-11 as
the host.

BOS ORL