Warriors resume road trip in Orlando
(Sports Network) – The Southeast Division-leading Orlando Magic shoot for
their third straight win this evening, when they close out a three-game
homestand against the Golden State Warriors at Amway Arena.
Orlando defeated Cleveland to open the stand, then posted an 86-83 triumph
over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Wednesday. Grant Hill had 21
points and seven rebounds to lead the Magic.
Dwight Howard contributed 16 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks while Trevor
Ariza had 14 points for the Magic, who have won two in a row after losing
their previous three games.
Orlando, which leads the division by three games over Washington, is 10-4 at
home this season.
The Magic could get Jameer Nelson back tonight after the guard missed the
team’s last four games with a groin injury. Nelson is listed as questionable
for this evening’s contest.
Golden State is 1-3 on its current six-game road trip and ended a three-game
losing streak with Wednesday’s 96-95 win over the Boston Celtics at TD
Baron Davis scored 31 points and handed out eight assists to lead the
Warriors, who improved to 2-9 as the visitor this season. Mickael Pietrus
scored 16 points for the Warriors, who will visit Miami on Saturday to close
out the lengthy trek.
Andris Biedrins scored 12 points and pulled down nine boards while Mike
Dunleavy added 10 points off the bench in the victory. Golden State is 6 1/2
games off Phoenix’s lead in the Pacific Division.
The Warriors, who split a pair of games with the Magic last season, have won
three of the last five meetings with Orlando. Golden State has dropped 12 of
its last 13 games at Orlando, however.