Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/11

Game 1: Wednesday, January 11th
Game 2: Friday, February 24th

SuperSonics 89

(21-35, 9-21 away)

Magic 102

(20-34, 14-13 home)

    7:00 PM ET, February 24, 2006

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 17 32 22 1889
    ORL 27 31 18 26102

    Top Performers

    Sea: D. Wilkins 21 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Orl: D. Howard 23 Pts, 16 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Howard powers Magic past short-handed Sonics

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Some of the newest members of the Orlando Magic made a good first impression on their hometown fans.

    Carlos Arroyo and Darko Milicic provided strong support for stars Dwight Howard and Grant Hill in Orlando's 102-89 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night that snapped an eight-game losing streak.

    Howard had 23 points and 16 rebounds and Hill had 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, but it was Arroyo and Milicic, the second pick in the 2003 NBA draft, who lifted the Magic out of their latest slump.

    Playing in Magic uniforms in front of their home fans for the first time since being acquired from Detroit a week ago, Arroyo had a season-high 18 points and four assists and Milicic had eight points and five rebounds in 22 minutes, all season highs.

    "I thought Carlos and Darko both executed our offense well and made no mistakes as far as where they were supposed to be on the floor," coach Brian Hill said. "Carlos is experienced enough that he's going to get the ball to the right people and I was very pleased with Darko. He has a really good feel for the game."

    Damien Wilkins led Seattle with 21 points and Chris Wilcox had a season-high 20. Rashard Lewis added 14 for the Sonics, who played just seven players.

    The Sonics were short-handed after taking part in a four-team trade Thursday and making another deal with Cleveland.

    Neither Earl Watson, obtained from Denver, nor Mike Wilks, brought over from Cleveland, were available yet and forward Nick Collison was back in Seattle awaiting the birth of his child.

    All-Star guard Ray Allen was on the Sonics bench at the start of the game so Seattle could meet the league-mandated rule of eight players in uniform. Allen returned to the locker room as soon as the game began because of stomach flu, and did not play.

    "I don't think we could have done much more than we did," Seattle coach Bob Hill said. "I thought they just wore us out with their depth."

    Nevertheless, the Sonics were able to stay with the Magic into the fourth quarter. They trailed just 78-76 after a 3-pointer by Lewis with 10:36 left in the game.

    However, the Magic responded with an 11-2 run to push their lead to 89-78. Arroyo capped the run with a 3-pointer. The Magic lead never dipped under 10 the rest of the game.

    Game notes

    Rick Brunson and Mikki Moore, who had played a total of three games between them this season, were the Sonics' only available substitutes in the game. ... Hill's last start was Jan. 15 at Sacramento. ... Magic F Hedo Turkoglu missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle. ... The Magic outrebounded Seattle 45-31.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 102
    FGM-FGA 34-73 (.466) 42-80 (.525)
    3PM-3PA 2-9 (.222) 2-6 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 19-25 (.760) 16-22 (.727)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-31 11-45
    Assists 13 21
    Turnovers 10 9
    Steals 1 3
    Blocks 4 4
    Fast Break Points 11 18
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 25 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 4 15

    Top Performers

    Damien Wilkins Wilkins
    Points: 21
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Dwight Howard Howard
    Points: 23
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1