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Magic stung by Hornets, win streak snapped at nine games

January 13, 2011 11:40 IST

The Orlando Magic finally ran out of steam and suffered their first loss in three weeks on Wednesday, falling 92-89 in a wild overtime defeat to the New Orleans Hornets.

Dwight Howard had a game-high 29 points and 20 rebounds but he missed two free throws with 11 seconds left in overtime and his team trailing by one point, allowing the Hornets to snap the Magic's (25-13) win streak at nine games.

Orlando drained three straight three-pointers in the final minute of regulation, including one from Hedo Turkoglu with six seconds to play that forced overtime.

But New Orleans reserve Marcus Thornton provided a lift for the Hornets in overtime with seven points, including a pair of free throws in the final seconds that capped the scoring.

Thornton finished with a team-high 22 points, and Emeka Okafor added 18 points and 14 rebounds to help the Hornets (23-16) win their second straight.

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