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Losses keep coming for struggling Magic

Published Feb. 23, 2006

Jason Kidd scored 28 and made two free throws with 18 seconds left to help New Jersey defeat Orlando 96-93 Wednesday night, hours after the Magic traded star guard Steve Francis to the Knicks.

Richard Jefferson added 23 points and Vince Carter scored 22 for New Jersey (30-23), which has won seven of its last nine games. Keyon Dooling scored 23 to lead Orlando (19-34), which has lost eight straight and 12 of 13.

Playing without Francis, their leading scorer at 16 points per game, the Magic still managed to hang with the Nets until the final seconds when Carlos Arroyo's 3-point attempt rimmed out.

Before that, New Jersey looked to be in good shape when Carter drew Dooling's fifth foul and Kidd scored on a driving left-handed layup to give the Nets an 85-80 lead with under four minutes to play. But Pat Garrity rattled in a 3-pointer and Dooling, left alone 18 feet from the basket, sank the jumper to tie at 85.

HEAT 103, KNICKS 83: Dwyane Wade and Jason Williams each had 24 points and five assists for the visiting Heat, who have won nine of 11 overall and six in a row against New York. Shaquille O'Neal added 15 points for Miami, which closed the first with a 10-3 spurt to take a 26-18 lead, then opened the second with an 8-2 burst to make it 34-20 on Wade's two free throws with 10:03 remaining in the half. The Knicks got within nine, but Williams made a 3-pointer with 6:45 to go and New York was never within single digits again.

JAZZ 82, HORNETS 76: Deron Williams scored eight of his 17 in the fourth and Andrei Kirilenko had 17 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks to help visiting Utah rally against injury-depleted New Orleans, which made only one of its first 16 shots in the final quarter as the Jazz reeled off a 22-6 run to claim the lead.

76ERS 116, CAVS 107: Philadelphia's Allen Iverson scored 29 and had 12 assists, Andre Iguodala had 25 points and Chris Webber 24. Cleveland's LeBron James finished with 33 points. Trailing by double digits most of the second half, Donyell Marshall hit a 3 that got the visiting Cavs within eight late in the game. He added two free throws and James sank one to cut it to 110-105 with 2:07 left. Iguodala set up an Iverson jumper that pushed the lead back to eight. John Salmons added a jumper and the Sixers held on to win.

SUPERSONICS 114, HAWKS 109: Ray Allen scored 33 and Rashard Lewis added 25, including a pair of key baskets down the stretch to help visiting Seattle end a four game losing streak. The Sonics, who had lost seven straight on the road, took the lead for good at 104-101 on a three-point play by Lewis with 3:55 left.

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