Orlando (3-1) at Washington (2-2)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Wed Nov 10, 2004
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Fresh off knocking off an unbeaten Western Conference power with one of the best defensive efforts in franchise history, the Orlando Magic visit the Washington Wizards at the MCI Center.

The Magic posted a 94-84 home win over Dallas on Tuesday, holding the Mavericks to 29 percent (28-for-96) shooting. Dallas came in 4-0 with the NBA’s second-best offense at 106.5 points per game.

The Magic limited Cleveland to a franchise-low 25 percent in a 99-69 road win on Nov. 3, 2001.

“Dallas is a very good offensive team so holding them to 29 percent shooting and really making them work for that was probably the difference in the game,” Magic coach Johnny Davis said.

Orlando bounced back from its first defeat of the season, a 111-100 setback at expansion Charlotte on Saturday. The Magic got a team-high 19 points from reserve forward Hedo Turkoglu. Grant Hill had 17 points and nine rebounds, Steve Francis added 16 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and rookie Dwight Howard finished with 15 points and 11 boards.

Turkoglu, who signed with Orlando in the offseason, led the team in scoring for the second time in three games. He is averaging 18.6 points on 51 percent (21-for-41) over that span.

“I’ve said it before in terms of our depth, its going to take all 12 guys over the course of this season and its a luxury to be able to pull a guy off the bench and be able to insert him into the game and you get something from him and that’s what happened tonight,” Davis said.

The Magic do have some health concerns after starters Cuttino Mobley and Kelvin Cato left Tuesday’s game with injuries. Cuttino came out with 1:48 left in the second quarter because of a strained groin and Cato departed during the fourth quarter with a sprained right ankle.

Both players are questionable for Wednesday’s game.

Washington is coming off 103-93 loss at Miami on Tuesday.

The Wizards, who came in averaging 104 points, were led by Gilbert Arenas’ 20 points. Antawn Jamison finished with 14, well below the 27.3 average he entered with.

“We were bad on offense,” Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. “We couldn’t make a shot, couldn’t make a play.”

The Wizards have lost four in a row to the Magic and seven of the last nine meetings overall.

Hill, who missed all of last season due to a bad left ankle, has averaged 23.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 25 career games against Washington.

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