The Magic play hard, but lose to Dallas in overtime, 109-103. Grant Hill puts up big numbers in his second game back, helping the Magic break 100 points for the second straight game. Hill finishes with 28 points in 37 minutes tonight. Dwight Howard squeaks out another double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Howard also blocked 5 shots (6 if you count the bad call in the fourth).
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Grant Hill returns to the lineup and help the Magic drill the New York Knicks, 105-90. The Magic played a great game. I would go as far as saying that everyone on the team played within their role. The only exceptions might be the low point totals between Steve Francis and Hill, but we all know they can turn it on anytime. If the Magic keep playing defense and keep the games close, I'll take my chances with Hill and Francis down the stretch. Either of these two are capable of taking over a game.
Losing streak stretches to five as Orlando gives up another one to Chicago, 102-93. At one point in the season, the Magic held the title of the league's stengiest defenses. The last 5 games, the Magic are giving up 98.4 while scoring only 81.4. That's an average loss by 17 points. Ugly.
The Magic played a great first half against the San Antonio Spurs, but laid an egg in the second half. Magic drop their fourth in a row, losing to San Antonio 110-85. I felt the Magic came out flat in the third and gave up in the fourth. With Steve Francis out, the Magic look lost on offense. Jameer Nelson has been up and down in games, but ends up with 20 points and only 2 turnovers. Tony Battie and Dwight Howard are playing with about half the energy they were playing with during the short winning streak.
ESPN has a new coach approval rating section online where fans can vote on how well their team's coach is doing. Brian Hill is currently at an 81% approval rating. Check out ESPN and vote now for how well you think Brian Hill is doing.