NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Golden State
(Friday, December 10th)
Final Score: Orlando 113, Golden State 109
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Steve Francis poured in a game-high 36 points and added eight rebounds and eight assists to lead Orlando over Golden State, 113-109, at The Arena in Oakland.
Tony Battie posted 16 points and 15 boards for the Magic, who have won five of their last six games.
"This was a win that you have to go inside yourself to find," said Orlando coach Johnny Davis, "and we did that. Obviously we're missing two key players in Kelvin Cato and Grant Hill, but we're not using that as an excuse for not coming out to compete and win basketball games."
Jason Richardson netted 27 points for the Warriors, who have lost six of their last eight.
Grant Hill missed his first game of the season for Orlando with a right shin contusion.
"I won't be out long," Hill said.
The game was tied at 105-105 with just under two minutes left. Stacey Augmon though got to the line with 1:27 left and made both his shots to give the Magic a two-point edge and they led the rest of the way.
Then, with 50.9 seconds remaining, Augmon drained two more from the stripe to push the Orlando advantage to 109-105.
Golden State cut the deficit to 109-108, but Francis responded with two foul shots to make it a 111-108 contest.
With 19.9 seconds left, Richardson made one of two free throws to get within two at 111-109, but the Warriors could get no closer has Francis completed the scoring with two more from the stripe.
Golden State outshot the Magic, 51 percent to 48 percent.
The Warriors started the game on a 12-2 run en route to a 34-24 lead after the first quarter.
Orlando posted a 40-point second quarter, but still trailed 65-64 at the intermission.
The Magic started the third quarter with an 11-1 sprint to take a 75-66 advantage. Cuttino Mobley capped off the burst on a three-pointer with 9:04 left in the frame before the teams went into the final 12 minutes knotted at 84.
Orlando is 6-4 on the road this season...The Magic are 6-2 versus the Western Conference this season...Last season, the Magic and Warriors split a pair of games. Overall, Orlando has won eight of 10 and 10 of the last 13 meetings in this series.
12/11 02:08:51 ET