ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Two of the top points guards in
the league square off when the Orlando Magic host the New Jersey
Nets on Saturday.
Orlando's Steve Francis and New Jersey's Jason Kidd, who could
be All-Star teammates in a little more than a month, hook up in
the first of four meetings.
The Magic have won two straight after losing five of the
previous six - their worst stretch of the season. Francis was a
big part in the two victories - scoring 35 against Seattle on
Monday before matching a season high with 13 assists in a 111-91
triumph over Charlotte on Friday.
Hedo Turkoglu scored 22 points against Charlotte and top draft
pick Dwight Howard grabbed 12 rebounds while battling Emeka
Okafor, the second overall choice in the draft.
Kidd just missed a triple-double in an 82-72 win over Golden
State on Friday, collecting 13 points, 13 rebounds and nine
assists. He needs one more triple-double to pass Larry Bird for
sole possesion of fourth on the all-time list with 60.