Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/14

Game 1: Friday, January 14th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 18th
Game 3: Friday, April 8th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 13th

Pistons 101

(23-15, 10-9 away)

Magic 103

(21-16, 13-4 home)

    Coverage: WDWB

    7:00 PM ET, January 18, 2005

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 33 17 30 21101
    ORL 29 23 24 27103

    Top Performers

    Det: R. Hamilton 26 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Orl: S. Francis 32 Pts, 12 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Fourth-quarter surge ends Pistons' streak

    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 night.

    Orlando now has matched its win total for all of last season -- 21.

    "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)," Davis said.

    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 Foundation.

    Game notes

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 103
    FGM-FGA 41-85 (.482) 41-85 (.482)
    3PM-3PA 5-17 (.294) 7-9 (.778)
    FTM-FTA 14-19 (.737) 14-20 (.700)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-30 15-48
    Assists 25 16
    Turnovers 10 17
    Steals 5 9
    Blocks 4 2
    Fast Break Points 16 19
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 21 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 9 5

    Top Performers

    Richard Hamilton Hamilton
    Points: 26
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Steve Francis Francis
    Points: 32
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0