NBA Basketball

96
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 22 29 20 25 96
Orlando 26 25 21 28 100
100
3:00 PM PT4:00 PM MT5:00 PM CT6:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)00:0018:00 ET5:00 PM CT21:00 , December 1, 2019
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida  Attendance: 15,052

Magic hope to turn page against struggling Warriors

According to STATS
According to STATS

Golden State Warriors at Orlando Magic

  1. Even with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all playing, the Warriors had an 11-game winning streak over the Magic snapped when these teams last met with a 103-96 defeat in Orlando on February 28. That snapped a streak of 32 straight games in which the Warriors scored at least 100 points.

The Orlando Magic hope to continue to write a new chapter against the Golden State Warriors when the struggling clubs meet Sunday night.

The Warriors had won 11 straight against the Magic until suffering a 103-96 loss at Orlando last February.

That run had included consecutive blowout wins in Florida by 13, 15, 16, 20 and 21 points.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr chose to rest Kevin Durant in the February meeting and is demonstrating this season that player health -- winning season or losing season -- remains a priority.

Even though the Warriors had rallied themselves into position to possibly take Miami to the wire on Friday, Kerr sat his best healthy player, Draymond Green, for all but three of the final 18 1/2 minutes of a generally competitive game that the Warriors went on to lose 122-105.

"We've purposely kept him under 24 minutes per game," Kerr explained to reporters afterward. "I don't think we need to play him big, heavy minutes in a season like this where we're obviously playing for the future. But he needs to be on the floor to help guide these young players. We have to find a balance for him to make an impact on this team but not wear him down at the same time."

The Magic appear likely to catch another break in that Kerr indicated Friday that starting center Kevon Looney, who has been deemed ready to return to action, will be given the first night of a back-to-back off Sunday instead of possibly having him sit the second night in Atlanta.

Looney has missed the past 19 games -- he played only in the opener on Oct. 24 -- with a neuropathy issue that has created hamstring pain.

While the Warriors seek to avoid a fifth losing streak already this season, the Magic will attempt to salvage a split in a homestand featuring both of last year's NBA Finalists.

Orlando only can hope for better things from Aaron Gordon, who looked rusty in a 90-83 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday night after a three-game layoff caused by a sprained ankle.

Gordon missed nine of his 11 shots and finished with just eight points on a night when Orlando was limited to 34.6 percent shooting.

"Offense is hard right now," Magic coach Steve Clifford assured reporters afterward. "We're doing some better things, but again, the turnovers (hurt)."

Both teams have had offensive problems this season -- Orlando's (42.3 percent shooting, 31.1 percent on threes) slightly bigger than Golden State's (43.2 percent shooting, 32.9 percent on threes).

History indicates having Gordon available to face the Warriors should help the Magic. The former prep standout in the San Francisco Bay Area has torched his former hometown club for 22 and 29 points in their past two visits to Orlando, mixing in 22 rebounds.

The Magic have been nothing if not predictable in their 10 home games so far. They've won six of the 10, with five of the victories coming against losing teams (Cleveland, New York, Memphis, San Antonio and Washington).

Their four home losses have all been against big-time winners (Milwaukee, Denver, Indiana and Toronto).

The Warriors (4-16) bring the league's worst record to town.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 30, 2019

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