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Magic look to win two straight vs. struggling Sonics

Nov 8, 2006 - 3:07 PM Seattle (1-3) at Orlando (2-2) 7:00 pm EST

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- The Orlando Magic are looking to notch consecutive wins for the first time this season.

The Magic will go for their third win in four home games this season on Wednesday against the struggling Seattle SuperSonics.

Orlando was a popular pick as a surprise team to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. The Magic are led by Dwight Howard, who finished second in the NBA in rebounding last season, and young point guard Jameer Nelson.

However, Orlando used a strong performance by their bench en route to a 106-103 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday.

Reserve guard Carlos Arroyo started a 9-0 run with a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws that gave the Magic a 101-99 lead with 3:04 to play. He capped the run with a jumper to make it 105-99 with 2:02 remaining.

Another reserve, Keith Bogans, split a pair of free throws to make it 106-103 and the Wizards then back-rimmed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Rashard Lewis had 23 points and Ray Allen added 18 on Tuesday for the Sonics, who shot 43 percent (30-of-70) in a 90-87 loss to the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.

The Heat trailed, 85-79, but held Seattle to just two points over the final 4 1/2 minutes. Allen, the Sonics' leading scorer, twice missed the second of two free throws in the last 1:47.

Allen was just 5-of-17 from the field for Seattle, which twice had chances to go ahead or tie, but Damien Wilkens fell down on one possession and missed an open 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The teams split two meetings last season with the home team winning each contest.

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