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Francis misses first game of season after auto accident

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Steve Francis missed Orlando's game
Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards because of bruised
ribs.

The Magic went on to defeat the Wizards 91-83.

Francis, the Magic's leading scorer with 20 points per game,
said he was injured in a single-car crash just after Saturday's
98-95 home loss to New Orleans.
Francis originally said he bruised his chest during the game. A
precautionary MRI exam Tuesday came back negative.
It was his first missed game of the season. Francis missed four
games last season, three because of a suspension.