It was a little bit of old mixed with a little bit of new for the Orlando Magic as they beat the Golden State Warriors for the second time this season. The Magic used 3-point shooting, which has been their m.o. for several years, as well as sizable contributions from a pair of rookie big men, to knock off the Warriors 99-85 on Friday night at the Amway Center.
"We talked about it a little bit and we knew that for us to be able to win games we would have to put in ourselves in better position at the start of games," Magic forward Nikola Vucevic said. "We came in with more focus, were more aggressive and it's a lot easier to play then."
J.J. Redick paced the Magic (9-13) with 16 points, while Andrew Nicholson and E'Twaun Moore had 15 points apiece, with Nicholson adding career highs in rebounds (nine) and blocks (four). Arron Afflalo notched 14 points and seven rebounds, Vucevic finished with 12 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and Jameer Nelson tallied 10 points and 11 assists.
The Warriors (15-8), who have now suffered one-fourth of their defeats this season at the hands of Orlando, got 25 points from Stephen Curry, 24 points and 15 rebounds from David Lee, and 12 points, seven rebounds, and six assists from Jarrett Jack.
Orlando made 41 of 86 (47.7%) shots from the field, including 9 of 21 from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Golden State was 34 of 92 (37.0%) from the field and 7 of 20 (35.0%) from long distance. The Magic held a 53-49 advantage in rebounding and a 42-34 edge on points in the paint. They also totaled 11 blocks compared to just two for the visitors. Nicholson had four of those swats, while Moe Harkless added four of his own, Gustavo Ayon had two, and Glen Davis recorded one.
The hosts outscored Golden State 19-14 in the first quarter, 32-21 in the second frame, and 30-29 in the third period, with the Warriors winning the fourth quarter 21-18.
"I just think we got our legs back underneath us a little bit," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "I think it showed in our ability to make shots tonight (and) kept the floor moving. It's good to have a lot of things go well for us tonight."
Orlando travels to Charlotte on Saturday night at 7:30 pm on FS Florida.
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