Warriors squander chance at perfect homestand with 102-94 loss to Magic
Published: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 10:34 p.m.
OAKLAND — Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo scored 24 points apiece, and the Orlando Magic outlasted the Golden State Warriors 102-94 on Monday night for their second straight victory.
A night after an emotional win against former franchise center Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando outscored Golden State 33-25 to pull away in the fourth quarter. J.J. Redick had 10 of his 22 points in the fourth and Nikola Vucevic finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds to help the Magic begin their five-game West Coast trip 2-0.
Stephen Curry had 25 points and 11 assists and David Lee added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who were going for the first four-game winning streak of coach Mark Jackson's tenure. Instead, they had their five-game home winning streak snapped as they head on the road for a season-long seven-game trip.
The laboring Magic managed to outhustle and outmuscle the well-rested Warriors when it mattered most.
Redick made a short jumper and a 3-pointer to cap a 10-2 run that put the Magic ahead 82-74 early in the fourth. After Curry connected from beyond the arc, Davis' layup over Lee started a three-point play and an avalanche of Orlando offense.
Vucevic's dunk highlighted the spurt and lifted the Magic to a 98-84 lead that put the game out of reach. Golden State has not won four straight since January 2011, when Keith Smart was still the coach.
The Magic made up for a sluggish start in a little more than a second.
Vucevic converted a driving layup over Jarrett Jack to start a three-point play. With 1.8 seconds left in the first quarter, Afflalo deflected Carl Landry's inbounds pass to Davis, who made a 22-footer at the buzzer to put Orlando ahead 28-27.
Every time the Magic started to create some separation, the Warriors chased them down.
Harrison Barnes blocked Afflalo's layup from behind against the backboard. Klay Thompson dribbled upcourt and finished with a pull-up jumper to give Golden State a 56-55 lead about halfway through the third quarter. Redick scored seven points during an 8-0 run for the Magic before Thompson made a 3-pointer and Landry converted a three-point play to send the game to the fourth quarter tied 69-all.
The Warriors are 6-3 at home and 4-4 on the road.
The Magic play at Utah on Wednesday night. Utah drafted new Magic coach Jacque Vaughn 27th overall out of Kansas in 1997.
The Warriors recalled F/C Jeremy Tyler from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League. Tyler had five points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 29 minutes of Santa Cruz's 95-79 victory at Reno on Sunday.
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