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Seattle at Orlando

Turkoglu's game-winning basket lifts Magic over struggling Sonics

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- At this point in the season, the Orlando Magic will take lucky over good.

Hedo Turkoglu scored 18 points, including a fallaway 20-footer with 0.4 seconds left, to lift the Orlando Magic to an 88-87 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday night.

"That was a lucky shot," said Turkoglu, who was falling out of bounds with Rashard Lewis draped all over him. "We should have won that game easily but we were trying to do some fancy stuff and blew the lead. We were lucky."

Jameer Nelson added 18 points and Grant Hill had 12 as the Magic won their second straight game.

Ray Allen led Seattle with 21 points and Lewis had 16 as the Sonics dropped to 1-4.

"I feel frustrated and a little bit snakebitten," Sonics coach Bob Hill said. "We did everything right just like we're supposed to, except (Turkoglu) made the shot. We're going to win one sooner or later. We just have to keep playing."

Seattle had rallied from an 86-77 deficit in the final three minutes to take an 87-86 lead on a layup by Lewis with 5.7 seconds left in the game.

However, Turkoglu took an inbounds pass from Hill and drilled the game-winner over Lewis from the corner just before time expired.

That stopped a nightmarish three-minute stretch by Orlando during which the Magic turned the ball over four times and missed their only field goal attempt.

Lewis scored five points, Allen hit a 3-pointer and Chris Wilcox added a layup as Seattle ran off 10 straight points.

The Magic hit their first six shots to jump out to a 13-0 lead in the first three minutes against the Sonics, who lost in Miami on Tuesday.

Nick Collison's three-point play put the Sonics ahead for the first time, 28-27 with 8:53 left in the second period. Seattle pushed the lead to 47-42 at halftime, scoring 20 points off Orlando's 12 first-half turnovers.

The Magic, who lead the NBA in turnovers, had 27 against Seattle, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

"The turnover thing is starting to get to me now," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "You turn it over 27 times and you're going to keep everyone in the game. We have to find a way to get out of it."

A 3-pointer by Allen gave Seattle its biggest lead of the game, 59-47 with 7:04 left in the third quarter.

Nelson started the Magic comeback with a running 10-footer, two of his 12 points in the period. Orlando outscored Seattle 20-8 the rest of the quarter to tie it at 67 going into the final period.

Seattle hit only two of its first 11 shots in the fourth quarter and turned the ball over four times.

"There are a lot of ways you can win and a lot of ways you can lose and I think we've experienced them all," Allen said. "It's painful to lose games like that, but we'll get right back up and get on the horse again."

Turkoglu's 3-pointer capped a 11-2 run that gave Orlando an 82-73 lead with 5:42 left in the game. A layup by Turkoglu made it 86-77 with 3:40 left.

Notes

  • Magic backup PG Carlos Arroyo hit 18 of 22 shots (81.5 percent) and scored 45 points in his previous two games. He had 10 points on 2-of-5 shooting against Seattle.
  • Lewis has scored 20 or more points in Seattle's first four games.
  • Seattle is shooting a league-best 85.4 percent from the free throw line.
  • Sonics opponents are averaging a league-high 36 free throws a game.
  • The Magic are shooting 52.3 percent as a team this season, tops in the NBA.
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Dwight Howard embraces Hedo Turkoglu after his game-winning shot against the Sonics.  (AP)
Dwight Howard embraces Hedo Turkoglu after his game-winning shot against the Sonics. (AP)
Scoreboard
Seattle (1-4) 2126202087
Orlando (3-2) «2418252188
SEA:R. Allen 21 Pts
SEA:D. Fortson 8 Reb
SEA:L. Ridnour 6 Ast
ORL:H. Turkoglu 18 Pts
ORL:D. Howard 10 Reb
ORL:C. Arroyo 6 Ast
Players of the Game
OrlandoSeattle

J. Nelson

R. Allen
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
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R. Allen, SG427-153-343221
R. Lewis, SF376-153-440416
L. Ridnour, PG373-83-346210
C. Wilcox, C312-34-44328
J. Petro, C194-90-02038
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D. Farmer, GDid Not Play
M. Gelabale, SFDid Not Play
M. Sene, PFDid Not Play
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Orlando
H. Turkoglu, SG347-142-422218
T. Battie, C332-32-65036
G. Hill, SF336-110-225012
D. Howard, PF303-52-210448
J. Nelson, PG298-120-023318
K. Dooling, PG232-53-40017
C. Arroyo, PG192-55-526110
D. Milicic, PF151-20-06062
B. Outlaw, PF90-00-04110
P. Garrity, PF91-40-01012
K. Bogans, SG62-20-02015
T. Ariza, SFDid Not Play
T. Diener, PGDid Not Play
J. Augustine, PFDid Not Play
J. Redick, SGDid Not Play
Totals 34-6314-2336212388
 54.0%60.9% 
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