With Grant Hill on the team, the Orlando Magic have learned a thing or two about comebacks. So trailing by 18 points against the Los Angeles Lakers was no big deal.
Steve Francis scored 32 points, Hill added 27 points and 12 rebounds and the Magic rallied for a 122-113 victory over the Lakers on Friday night.
"We're an explosive team," said Hill, who also had four assists and four steals. "It's just a matter of when we're going to explode. We did that and got ourselves back in the game."
The Magic were behind, 39-21, early in the second quarter but came from behind thanks to an impressive performance from Francis and another encouraging outing from Hill, who was severely hampered by an ankle injury during his first four seasons in Orlando.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers in scoring for the seventh consecutive game, finishing with a season-high 41 points on 14-of-31 shooting. He was 11 of 12 from the free throw line.
Bryant's three-point play with a little more than five minutes to play cut Orlando's lead to 107-103. But Hill hit a three-pointer as the shot clock expired with 1:38 to play, giving the Magic a 116-106 lead.
He added another one with 28 seconds to play that sent the crowd into a frenzy and got him a well-deserved standing ovation.
"It's great to see him out there. It really is," Bryant said. "He's always been a guy I looked at and patterned my game after, even when he was at Duke. I've been a fan of Grant Hill's for a long, long time."
Hill's two three-pointers matched his total from the previous four seasons.