Turkoglu, Magic trounce Nets
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Hedo Turkoglu dropped in 22 points and Dwight
Howard finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, as Orlando thumped the New
Jersey Nets, 119-86, at Amway Arena.
Seven Orlando players finished in double figures including Darko Milicic, who
had 14 off the bench. Rookie J.J. Redick scored 13 and Jameer Nelson had 12
for the Magic, who have won back-to-back games since their three-game skid.
Vince Carter had 25 points on 8-of-18 shooting for New Jersey, which has
dropped five of seven. Eddie House contributed 12 points and Mikki Moore had
11 in a losing effort.
Orlando jumped out to a 9-2 lead following a Turkoglu driving layup, and led
the rest of the way. The Nets countered by scoring seven of the next nine
points, only to watch the home team surge right back with an 11-2 run to go
ahead by double-digits.
After 12 minutes of play, the Magic held a 29-15 advantage.
Things only got worse for the Nets, as they got outscored 30-22 in the second
stanza to head into the locker room down 59-37. Carlos Arroyo headed a 9-2
burst with six points, including a pair of free throws with 6:33 left that
made it 42-25.
The Magic extended their lead to 88-59 after three quarters, and cruised the
rest of the way.
Magic forward/guard Grant Hill will miss 2-3 weeks with a sprained right knee
he suffered in Wednesday’s 98-73 win over the Milwaukee Bucks…This was the
second meeting of the campaign between the squads. On January 20th, Carter
poured in 27 points as New Jersey won 101-94…The Nets had captured two in a
row and four of their last five at Orlando…New Jersey is 9-14 on the road