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Orlando Magic shooting guard Jason Richardson left Thursday's victory against the Chicago Bulls with 2:10 remaining in the fourth quarter following a collision wth Magic point guard Jameer Nelson and did not return. Richardson, who scored 18 points in 31 minutes for Orlando, sprained his left ankle, Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com reports, and clutched at it immediately as he hit the ground.
With 2:16 to play and Orlando trailing by two points, Richardson was defending Kyle Korver in the lane on a baseline out-of-bounds play. Nelson ran behind him trying to keep up with Derrick Rose and clipped Richardson in the back of the left knee by mistake. Both Nelson and Richardson hit the deck, though Nelson did not appear to be in much pain and remained in the game. Korver, a career 41.2 percent three-point shooter, dashed to the left corner and launched a triple with nobody within 25 feet of him, but the shot rattled out and Dwight Howard collected the rebound.
On the Magic's ensuing possession, Nelson found Howard on an alley-oop lob to tie the game, and the Magic would never trail again.
Richardson entered Thursday's game as Orlando's third-leading scorer, averaging 12 points on 41.8 percent shooting from the field and 37.9 percent shooting from three-point range. The 31-year-old is in the first season of a new four-year contract he signed with Orlando prior to training camp.