ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Doug Christie is new to Orlando, while Hedo
Turkoglu is just new to the Magic's starting lineup. All this
winning is new, too.
Turkoglu scored a season-high 29 points to support Steve
Francis' 32, and Christie hit a huge 3-pointer before playing
clutch defense on a key possession as the Magic snapped the Detroit
Pistons' six-game winning streak with a 103-101 victory Tuesday
Orlando now has matched its win total for all of last season --
"We went toe-to-toe with the reigning world champion and we
didn't blink," Orlando coach Johnny Davis said. "We brought it to
them and we made plays down the stretch."
They sure did. In a seven-minute span to close the fourth
quarter, the Magic outscored the Pistons 20-6.
Christie, playing his first home game since being acquired in a
trade from Sacramento a week ago, provided the run's top two
highlights, one on each end.
With Pistons leading 96-95 and holding the ball, Francis
stripped Chauncey Billups to start a break, then noticed Christie
alone on the right wing.
"I've always said, if a man is open I'm going to hit him,"
Francis said. He had six assists, and tied a season best with 12
rebounds for his 10th double-double.
Christie's shot hit swished through at the 1:26 mark, sending a
roar through the arena. The Magic were 7-for-9 on 3-pointers.
"I was a little nervous coming home to play the world champs,
then not really knowing the plays was difficult," said Christie,
who had nine points and tied his season high with four steals.
"But I just go out and play hard, and that's the bottom line. I'm
not going to try to do too much, just go out there and do as well
as I can.
"Hopefully, that's enough -- and tonight, it was."
In the closing seconds, Christie's tight defense on Richard
Hamilton kept the Pistons from getting off a good shot. Francis
rebounded Tayshaun Prince's long jumper, and Turkoglu's four free
throws in the last 15.8 seconds sealed the win.
"When he plays defense like tonight, he doesn't worry about
anything else," said Hamilton, who scored 26 to lead six Pistons
in double figures. "He just tried to deny me the ball, he wasn't
trying to help. He followed me all the way out of bounds. That's
what they brought him here for."
The Magic also brought in Christie, in exchange for guard
Cuttino Mobley, to free up time for Turkoglu. Since the trade with
the Kings, Turkoglu has averaged 21.2 points and six rebounds.
"Right now, I'm feeling good out there, feeling confident and
playing good, so far," said Turkoglu, who was 10-for-18 from the
floor and 3-for-3 on 3-pointers. "Hopefully, I can continue
playing like this."
With Turkoglu as a starter, the Magic are 3-1.
"As long as it's rolling for us, we stay with (the lineup),"
However, there was an ominous sign for the Magic -- Grant Hill,
hurt and on the bench during crunch time. It wasn't not his
troublesome left ankle, which sidelined him for all but 47 games of
the previous four seasons, but a sore right wrist.
Hill scored a season-worst eight points on 4-for-14 shooting.
"The wrist is causing him some discomfort," Davis said. "He
wasn't quite as sharp as he had been."
The start of the third quarter was delayed when a seeing-eye dog
relieved itself on the court. The dog was with a charity
organization, Canine Companions for Independence, that was
receiving a $10,000 donation from the Orlando Magic Youth
Francis scored his 8,000th point on a first-quarter jumper.
... Orlando center Andrew DeClercq, sidelined all season by surgery
on his right knee, was activated from the injured list earlier
Tuesday. To make room on the roster, rookie center Mario Kasun was
sent to the injured list with left knee patella tendinitis. ...
Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp, wearing a
Philadelphia Flyers Bob Clarke throwback jersey, was among the
14,367 in attendance.