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Christie Right at Home as Magic Tops Pistons

Associated Press
Wednesday, January 19, 2005; Page D06

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's 32, and Christie hit a huge three-pointer before playing clutch defense on a key possession as the Magic snapped the visiting Detroit Pistons' six-game winning streak with a 103-101 victory last night.

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Orlando 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 for Cuttino Mobley, provided the run's top two highlights, one on each end.

With the 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 swished through with 1 minute 26 seconds left, sending a roar through the arena. The Magic was 7 for 9 on three-pointers.

In the closing seconds, Christie's tight defense on 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 seconds sealed the win.

• NUGGETS 116, SUPERSONICS 110: Earl Boykins set the NBA record for points in an overtime, scoring 15 of his team's 21 points in the extra period as Denver, without two key players, won in Seattle.

Boykins, a 5-foot-5 guard who is the league's smallest player, broke the record of 14 overtime points set by Butch Carter of Indiana against Boston on March 20, 1984.

The Nuggets, who had lost seven of eight, ended a two-game losing streak and snapped Seattle's four-game home winning streak.

The Nuggets lost Carmelo Anthony when he sprained his right ankle early in the fourth quarter. They also played without Kenyon Martin, who missed the game with a case of strep throat.

• KINGS 113, TRAIL BLAZERS 107: Chris Webber scored eight of his 32 points in overtime and also had 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in host Sacramento's fifth straight victory.

Nick Van Exel (30 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals) forced overtime by hitting a baseline three-pointer with 8.6 seconds left in regulation, then had another chance in the extra period but missed a three-pointer under pressure with 14 seconds left. Webber, who had his fifth consecutive double-double, made four free throws in the waning seconds to seal it.

• PACERS 87, ROCKETS 74: Jamaal Tinsley scored 28 points, including six during a key 10-0 run in the fourth quarter, and Jermaine O'Neal added 27 for visiting Indiana.

Tracy McGrady scored 28 points and Yao Ming 21 added for the Rockets, who have lost two in a row after a four-game winning streak.

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