NBA Game Summary - Orlando at New Orleans
(Friday, November 5th)
Final Score: Orlando 90, New Orleans 89
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Steve Francis' tip-in with 2.7 seconds left on the clock lifted Orlando to a 90-89 road victory over New Orleans.
Francis finished with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Hedo Turkoglu poured in 21 points in 16 minutes off the bench to lead the Magic (2-0) to their second straight last-second win in as many games.
Orlando began its 2004-05 campaign Wednesday with a 93-92 triumph over Milwaukee in which Francis netted a game-winning layup at the buzzer.
"What more can Francis do?," said Magic center Kelvin Cato, who added 12 points and eight rebounds to Orlando's cause. "Hopefully, he can do something to stop us from having to put up the last shot to win at the buzzer like that."
The loss spoiled a tremendous performance by the Hornets point guard Baron Davis, who racked up 36 points and seven assists in defeat. New Orleans (0-2), which opened its season with a 106-91 home defeat to Dallas on Wednesday, got 13 points from both David Wesley and Jamaal Magloire.
"We did a lot of good things tonight," said Hornets head coach Byron Scott. "We needed one rebound and weren't able to get that."
The Hornets trailed 75-64 with 9:45 to play but roared back to take an 89-88 when Wesley drained a straight-on, three-pointer with 18 seconds to play. Orlando's Pat Garrity then missed an shot from beyond the arc, but Francis grabbed the carom and called time out while falling down with nine seconds left.
The Magic again fed the ball to Garrity, whose three-point attempt was again off the mark. However, Francis pulled down the rebound and easily stuck back the miss for the go-ahead points.
"If we win all those games like that, I don't care," Francis said. "But hopefully we can continue to get better,"
New Orleans had a final chance to pull the game out, but Magloire's short jumper in the lane was blocked by Stacey Augmon as time expired.
After a Davis jumper with 3:06 remaining in the third quarter gave the Hornets their first lead of the night at 62-61, Turkoglu led Orlando on a 12-2 run which gave the visitors a seemingly comfortable 11-point advantage early in the final period. The native Turk sank a 19-foot jumper on the ensuing trip down the court to give the Magic a one-point edge, then followed a pair of made free throws by Francis with a tip-in of his own miss for a 67-62 advantage with just over a minute left in the period.
Orlando held an 88-81 lead with two minutes to go before a Magliore basket followed by Davis' fourth three-pointer of the contest cut the Hornets' deficit to two points with 1:14 remaining.
The Magic never trailed during the first half and built a 45-37 cushion at intermission.
Davis tied a career-high with 15 made field goals and his 36 points was two short of his personal-best...New Orleans was 4-0 against the Magic last season and had won eight of the last 11 games in the series...Orlando made good on 26-of-30 free-throw attempts, while the Hornets were just 8-of-14 from the charity stripe.
11/05 23:59:10 ET