Howard, Turkoglu lift Magic past WarriorsJan 4, 2011 - 6:50 AM Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Dwight Howard finished with 22 points and 17 rebounds while Hedo Turkoglu posted a triple-double, leading the Orlando Magic to a 110-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Turkoglu recorded 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his third career triple-double. He got his other two while with the Magic during the 2007-08 season, and, apparently, Orlando brings out the best in him.
Turkoglu was playing in his eighth game back with the Magic since they acquired him from Phoenix in mid-December.
Jason Richardson added 20 points for Orlando, which has won six in a row. All eight Magic players who played more than a minute scored at least 10 points.
"We're in a situation here where we could be a contender for a championship," Richardson said. "Got some great players here. We know every night we step on the floor [that] if we play well we have a chance."
Monta Ellis finished with 20 points to lead the Warriors, who have lost three of four. Golden State was playing without center David Lee, who missed the game with a bruised lower back.
Orlando trailed by nine at halftime, but made up the difference at the start of the third quarter.
Richardson opened the frame with a three-pointer and jumper before Jameer Nelson hit a trey. Brandon Bass' free throw with just under 10 minutes remaining tied the game.
The Magic then took control with a strong close to the quarter. J.J. Redick's three-pointer with 2:09 left put Orlando up by four, and after Dorell Wright made 1-of-2 from the line nearly a minute later, Howard sank a layup. Gilbert Arenas drilled a three-pointer from well above the arc with 0.4 seconds on the clock to give Orlando a 79-71 advantage.
Golden State missed its final four shots of the quarter and turned the ball over once, and shot only 29 percent in the frame overall.
The Magic made 63 of their shots and used the quarter-ending run as a springboard to domination. They opened the fourth with an Arenas jumper and Ryan Anderson trey to extend their lead to 13, and led by as many as 22 down the stretch.
For the Warriors, the loss was parallel to Saturday's setback at Miami. Golden State held a 72-58 lead over the Heat before blowing it and losing by seven.
"Maybe we can just play a half and go home," said Warriors head coach Keith Smart. "Because we played very, very good basketball against two very, very top elite teams, and for whatever reason, we didn't come out in the second half at a level that's necessary to win."
Golden State led, 28-24, after the first quarter and was ahead by as many as 11 before carrying a 53-44 edge into the break.
Orlando has won five consecutive games against Golden State...The Magic made 15 of their 32 three-point attempts and shot 49 percent overall...Golden State shot 41 percent.
- GOLDEN STATE: 90
Jan 3 9:25 PM
- GOLDEN STATE: 71
End of 3rd
Jan 3 8:53 PM
- GOLDEN STATE: 53
Jan 3 8:08 PM
- GOLDEN STATE: 28
End of 1st
Jan 3 7:36 PM
- GOLDEN STATE: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
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