Magic Blow Big Lead at Home, Lose to Nets

LeBron heats up in Cavs win while Knicks drop another at MSG
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2008 3:11 AM CST
Orlando Magic forward Dwight Howard (12) , goes up for a shot in front of New Jersey Nets forward Jason Collins, right, and forward Sean Williams, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Magic had a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter but lost to the New Jersey Nets 96-95 despite having multiple chances to win in the waning seconds, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Hedo Turkoglu led Orlando with 23 points while Vince Carter led the Nets with 18, including the winning free throws with 25 seconds left. Elsewhere on the court:

  • LeBron James scored 32 points in the second half and Cleveland got a rare excellent shooting performance from Larry Hughes in a four-point win over improving Atlanta.
  • Before the game,  Knicks coach Isiah Thomas talked about championships for the franchise but then was soon brought back to reality as his team was routed by mediocre Sacramento, 107-97.