Friday , Jan , 12 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Streaking Magic visit Lakers

(Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic try to extend their winning streak to
six straight victories when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at the
Staples Center.

Orlando won six in a row earlier this season from November 22, 2006 to
December 1, 2006.

The Magic plays the second of a four-game road trip this evening. Rising star
Dwight Howard scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 25 rebounds to lead
the Magic to a convincing 91-76 victory over the Golden State Warriors on
Wednesday at ORACLE Arena.

Keith Bogans scored 16 points off the bench in the win over the Warriors for
Orlando, which has won five in a row. Keyon Dooling ended with 13 points,
while Tony Battie scored 10 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the

The Magic are 8-8 on the road this season. They will visit the Phoenix Suns on
Saturday and the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Wednesday.

Los Angeles attempts to avoid its first three-game losing streak of the
season. Juwan Howard had a season-high 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the
Houston Rockets over the Lakers, 102-77, on Wednesday at the Toyota Center.

Superstar Kobe Bryant had 20 points for the Lakers, who have lost two straight
after a four-game winning streak. Bryant left the game with a groin strain.

Andrew Bynum finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the loss to Houston
for the Lakers, while Luke Walton scored nine points and handed out six
assists in defeat.

The Lakers are 16-4 as the host this season. The will host Dwyane Wade and the
Miami Heat on Monday at the Staples Center.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the squads. On
December 27th, Bryant scored 27 points and dished out seven assists as the
Lakers defeated the Magic, 106-93, at TD Waterhouse Centre.

Orlando has lost nine straight at the Lakers. The last time the Magic beat the
Lakers on the road was on March 17, 1996. The Magic are 2-15 as the visitor
against the Lakers.

The Lakers have won four in a row in this series.