With forward Glen Davis back and a soft portion of their schedule beginning, the Orlando Magic hope to make their recent losing streak a distant memory.
They can start by taking care of business Friday night against the visiting Charlotte Bobcats, who have lost 24 of their last 26 games.
After losing 10 consecutive games, Orlando (14-24) has won two of three with impressive victories over the Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana sandwiched around a 29-point defeat at league-worst Washington.
"We've beaten some good teams this year,'' guard J.J. Redick said after the Magic beat the Central-leading Pacers 97-86 on Wednesday. "And we've been in games against good teams."
The Magic, however, have lost five straight to teams with losing records and can't afford more slip-ups if they hope to get back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Starting with the Bobcats (9-29), Orlando begins a stretch of five in a row - four at home - against teams well below .500.
Having won 19 of 21 a...