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Magic snap Warriors' winning streak in overtime

Dec 4, 2007 - 8:21 AM OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- The Golden State Warriors have been the hottest team in the NBA but even they could not stop the Orlando Magic.

Keith Bogans scored 22 points to lead the Magic to a 123-117 victory over the Warriors in overtime on Monday night for their sixth win in seven games.

"I still look and there's still things I don't like," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "But what we do have is and developing is some poise and resiliency. It's hard to work on mental toughness and poise and resiliency and our guys are showing a lot of that, so it's a good start to the first quarter of the season."

Jameer Nelson contributed 21 points and tied a season high with 11 assists for the Magic, who had seven players score in double digits, snapping the Warriors' six-game winning streak.

"We've been in tough situations before and we know how to handle those situations," Nelson said. "We know they're going to make a run, and we knew it was going to be our time to make a run and when we did. They couldn't stop us."

The victory came despite some controversy in the late stages of the game.

The Magic trailed, 107-105, with 18.7 seconds left in the game when Hedo Turkoglu drove the lane and tried to a hit a running layup off the backboard. The shot missed and Dwight Howard was fouled by Baron Davis on the follow shot.

It looked as if Howard would go to the foul line with a chance to tie the game, but he was whistled for a technical foul after slamming his fist into the padded support of the basket.

With Davis fouling out on the play, Stephen Jackson made the technical to give the Warriors a brief three-point lead before Howard made both of his free throws on the other end.

The Magic immediately fouled Monta Ellis on the inbound and the guard made just one foul shot to keep the Warriors on top, 109-107.

After a timeout gave Orlando the ball at half-court, Rashard Lewis received the inbounds pass and drove to the hoop, drawing a foul on Andris Biedrins. Lewis made both free throws to tie the score, 109-109.

"We kept playing and the coach always tells us we've got to play the next play regardless of the score, whether we're down 20 or we're up 20," Lewis said. "That's what we did. We were able to knock down some big shots and get back into the game, and we were able to get some stops when we needed them and that's what helped us tonight."

Ellis' attempted game-winner from the arc clanged off the backboard as the game went to overtime.

"The play was designed to go back to (Jackson), but it happened like that," Ellis said.

Jackson had a different interpretation of the final play.

"It could have went either way," Jackson said. "He could have thrown it (to me) or took a shot. Monta has hit game-winners. We have enough confidence in him to shoot just as much as I would."

The Warriors took a quick 111-109 lead on their first possession in the extra session as Jackson hit a jump shot.

But, after tying the game on Howard's dunk, the Magic scored the next six points to take a 117-111 lead.

Golden State narrowed the advantage to four, but Bogans sealed the victory with one of his four 3-pointers with just over a minute left as the Magic held on for the narrow victory.

"We're as good as we want to be and we just have to keep working," Bogans said. "When I got an open look, I was going to take a shot. It's not going to be easy and now that we've got this record, teams are going to be coming for us, so we've just got to keep doing what we've been doing and work hard."

The Warriors couldn't overcome four turnovers in overtime, struggling to find consistency on offense with Davis out of the game.

"There's going to be nights like that," Jackson said. "We can't just single that out. We've got other guys that make plays and other guys that can score. Definitely, Baron is a key factor and we need him out there, no question but there will be times where things like that happen in the season where I'll foul out, Al (Harrington) will foul out, Monta will foul out and guys have to step up and we didn't do that tonight."

Golden State also struggled to find its stroke from 3-point range, making just 9-of-40 shots from the arc.

"That was too many threes," Warriors forward Matt Barnes said. "We just really weren't hitting them. If you hit at least fifteen, ten maybe, but 9-for-40 is terrible."








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