Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/5

Game 1: Saturday, November 5th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 23rd
Game 3: Wednesday, January 18th
Game 4: Monday, February 6th

Wizards 83

(5-6, 2-4 away)

Magic 91

(4-6, 2-4 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 23, 2005

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 13 18 27 2583
    ORL 22 22 24 2391

    Top Performers

    Washington: A. Jamison 25 Pts, 16 Reb, 1 Stl

    Orlando: H. Turkoglu 23 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast

    Turkoglu comes through as battered Magic prevail

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- No Steve Francis, no Grant Hill and very little Dwight Howard.

    Still, the Orlando Magic found a way to win.

    Hedo Turkoglu had a season-high 23 points and seven rebounds, leading the injury-depleted Magic to a 91-83 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

    "As long as I'm aggressive, I know I'm going to get my shots. But tonight I had to be more aggressive to help the team scoring-wise," Turkoglu said. "When we get our leaders back, I'll be back in my role again."

    The Wizards lost their fifth straight after a 5-1 start and got a rare off night from leading scorer Gilbert Arenas, who finished with 19 points and nine assists but shot 6-of-19. He was averaging 27.5 points and had five 30-point games this season.

    "When you're in that slump, you're in the slump. But I'd rather have it now than in April," Arenas said. "Right now we're not panicking. It's something every team goes through. You just have to bounce back."

    Already playing without Hill, Orlando also was missing Francis, its leading scorer, who injured a rib in a car accident after Saturday's 98-95 loss to New Orleans. DeShawn Stevenson played with floating cartilage in his left knee sustained in practice Monday, but managed 15 points.

    Stevenson said he definitely will need offseason surgery -- sooner if Orlando falls out of playoff contention.

    "I've got to get it cleaned out," he said. "When you get in the game, you block everything out. Tomorrow morning, when I get up, I won't be able to walk."

    Perhaps most surprising is that the Magic won with little help from Howard, who came into the game with seven consecutive double-doubles. He spent most of the game in foul trouble and finished with five points and seven rebounds.

    Antawn Jamison led Washington with 25 points and 16 rebounds, and brought the Wizards within four points with a 3-pointer from the corner with 50 seconds left.

    But Jameer Nelson answered with a driving layup, putting the Magic up 89-83 with 31 seconds left.

    Nelson hit consecutive 3-pointers, the second from the top of the key with a second left, on the last two Magic possessions of the third quarter to push the lead to 10. He finished with a season-high 15 points.

    After a seven-point first half, Stevenson sat out the first part of the third quarter with an ice pack on his left knee. He didn't appear affected when he did finally get back in, nailing a turnaround jumper with about a minute left in the third, and driving repeatedly to the basket in the fourth.

    "I can't just go out there and shoot jumpers. That's not my game," he said. "I can't get away from my game just because I'm hurting. That's not me."

    Turkoglu also helped keep the Wizards from rallying in the fourth, making two free throws and hitting a jumper on consecutive possessions to extend the Magic's lead to 10 points midway through the period.

    His off-balance 3-pointer with about 3½ minutes left in the fourth quarter gave Orlando an 11-point lead.

    "If you had told me going into the game, with everybody that was out, that Dwight would get five points and seven rebounds ... I wouldn't like our chances. But our guys really stepped up," Magic coach Brian Hill said.

    Game notes

    Washington shot 5-of-20 from 3-point range. ... The Magic had just one turnover in the fourth quarter after committing 17 through three. ... Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber attended the game. ... The Wizards activated F Andray Blatche and placed F Awvee Storey on the inactive list.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 83 91
    FGM-FGA 31-79 (.392) 36-76 (.474)
    3PM-3PA 5-20 (.250) 6-10 (.600)
    FTM-FTA 16-20 (.800) 13-17 (.765)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-40 11-43
    Assists 18 20
    Turnovers 13 18
    Steals 10 6
    Blocks 5 1
    Fast Break Points 7 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 18 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 13

    Top Performers

    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 25
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Hedo Turkoglu Turkoglu
    Points: 23
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0