Posted December 25, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Ryan Anderson had the best season of his career for the Orlando Magic in 2011-12, pricing himself out of a new contract with the team in the process. The New Orleans Hornets gave him the dollars he sought, but he isn't enjoying much success at the moment. Anderson will look to help New Orleans avoid matching a franchise-record 12-game losing streak in his return to Orlando on Wednesday night. Anderson was named the NBA's Most Improved Player after averaging career highs of 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds while hitting a league-high 166 3-pointers for the Magic last season. He was a restricted free agent during the offseason, and New Orleans signed him to a four-year, $36 million offer sheet. Orlando decided not to match and completed a sign-and-trade deal with the Hornets, acquiring big man Gustavo Ayon. Anderson is scoring a team-high 17.8 points per game, but Western Conference-worst New Orleans (5-22) has struggled. It has lost 11 straight after blowing a 22-point lead ...
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