Friday , Dec , 12 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Orlando hopes magic continues

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic try for their third
straight win tonight when they welcome the defending Eastern Conference
champion New Jersey Nets to TD Waterhouse Centre.

On Wednesday, Tracy McGrady finished with 27 points and seven rebounds
to lead Orlando to a 95-91 win over Washington at the MCI Center. Shammond
Williams posted 17 points for the Magic, who posted consecutive wins for the
first time this season after losing a franchise-record 19 straight games.

Gordan Giricek added 15 points.

Juwan Howard contributed 15 points and nine rebounds for Orlando, which
snapped an eight-game road losing streak. Howard scored seven of his points
during a 14-4 run in the second quarter that allowed his team to overcome a
nine-point deficit.

Orlando is just 1-11 at home this season,

The Nets, meanwhile, come into tonight’s contest on a high note after Richard
Jefferson scored a game-high 31 points to go along with six rebounds in New
Jersey’s 101-88 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Tuesday at Continental
Airlines Arena.

Kenyon Martin collected 25 points and seven boards, and Jason Kidd finished
two rebounds shy of a triple-double with 14 points, 10 assists and eight
rebounds, as the Nets won their third straight game for the first time this

Even though New Jersey did not score in the final five minutes, with the
Sonics ending the game on an 18-0 run, Seattle still couldn’t get closer than
the 13-point final margin.

New Jersey, which is 5-5 away from this season, will be starting a brief two-
game road trip tonight.

The Nets split their four matchups with the Magic last season, but could have
the advantage tonight, as the road team in this series has won eight of the
last 11 meetings.

New Jersey has won six of the last 10 meetings, including five of its last
eight in Orlando.